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Christmas Gift for a Blind Child?

I have a new step-nephew who is blind and developmentally delayed. He is 5 years old, but mentally more like 2 or 3 I believe.

He's new to the family, so I don't really know him very well yet. Can anyone recommend a great (but inexpensive--budget is tight) gift for a child with these challenges? He's a sweet kid... I'd really like to get him something he will enjoy! He has a younger brother, older step-sister, and a new baby sister, so for obvious reasons, he doesn't get as much attention as he once did.


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Asked by RobynS at 11:50 AM on Nov. 3, 2009 in Shopping

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  • Fuzzy blocks, or a book with lots of textures and cloth in it so he can feel it, also some kind of music might be good, Curious George has a CD set that is like Audio Books, You didn't say how big he was, but most kids love sit and spins, and he wouldn't hurt himself!

    Answer by kimigogo at 11:54 AM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • Also a Elmo that sings or talks. You just have to show him where to push the bottom. I think he would love that.

    Answer by gammie at 11:54 AM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • Maybe a fun story book on CD? or a childrens music CD... Maybe even go to a book store and see if they have braille (SP) childrens books. Ooh or maybe something he can do with his hands like a childrens bop-it or something....?

    Answer by firethearson at 11:56 AM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:08 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • Audio books are a great idea. Any type of music that he can enjoy. Tactile Bars by a company called Guidecraft are sold at Toys R Us and are good. I have a friend with a blind child and she loved these. Books with the sound bars on the side are good too.

    Answer by usbornebooksdh at 2:11 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • Ask his mom what she'd like him to have really. He might need something that even if you can't buy you can give her something toward. Even though I am sure that he probably needs things that are reasonably priced.

    Answer by OneToughMami at 2:49 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • My best friend is blind Robyn! I will ask her fro some suggestions. Stop by my page if I forget to get back to you!!

    Answer by micheledo at 5:44 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • Something with fun sounds or lots of different textures to touch. Maybe google toys for blind children?

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:05 AM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • Books on tape are a good choice. Actually, I think all kids really enjoy them.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:51 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

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