Valentine's Day Card, Craft, and Gift Ideas for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Mother kissing her daughter, who is wearing glasses

As Valentine's Day approaches, are you looking for gift ideas for your blind or visually impaired child? How about braille or large-print Valentine's Day cards, eCards, or tactile and sensory craft activities?

FamilyConnect has you covered. Check out the suggestions below, and let us know if you've got others you'd like to share! You can write to us at familyconnect@afb.net or share your ideas on the message boards.

Valentine's Cards, Gifts, and Craft Ideas for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

message reads: Just POPPING through with a VALENTINE for you! Multisensory Valentines from the National Braille Press—Send a bright, cheerful Valentine greeting this year that says: "Just POPPING through with a VALENTINE for you!" These print/braille Valentines are the perfect way to promote braille among friends and classmates, especially with a handy braille decoder on the backside. And when you rub the center, you get a whiff of buttered popcorn! Pass these out to classmates with a small bag of popcorn (microwaveable or ready-made) or a hopping toy popper!
The Chicago Lighthouse is now offering print/braille Valentine's Day cards. The insides of the cards read: "Hugs and Kisses" in print and braille. The bottom of the card includes the message XOXO in braille. These cards were beautifully designed by Chicago artist Alisa Singer, and all proceeds of these cards will be used to support and fund services for blind and visually impaired individuals provided by The Chicago Lighthouse.
Helen Keller as a young woman, touching the branch of a flowering tree Send a free, accessible Helen Keller eCard to friends and family members. These high contrast, large-print electronic greeting cards feature beautiful photos from the Helen Keller Archives, and quotes from Helen Keller. The creation process is accessible, too, so your child can type his or her own message to the grandparents.
Wikki Stix Wikki Stix are a great way to create tactile graphics, or your child can create outlines with the Wikki Stix, and then trace around them to independently create a 2d drawing. You can then untwist them and use them over and over again. This set comes with 84 brightly colored stix, a 2-sided reusable playboard and an 8-page story booklet with creative ideas.
scented markers Get creative! Check out these scented Magic Markers with distinctive smells that make it easy to pick out different colors. Green smells like mint, orange like an orange, yellow like lemon, etc. You can also make your own puffy paint out of shaving cream and glue! Check out Wonderbaby's Pinterest board of tactile Valentine's Day craft ideas for blind kids, and Paths to Literacy's "Celebrate Valentine's Day" article for more great activities.
child with low vision practices using a knife, with supervision Make something sweet to eat! Our article on Increasing Your Visually Impaired Preschooler's Independence in the Kitchen offers some suggestions for including even very young children in kitchen projects. Decorate cookies, cupcakes, or a cake with braille letters made of M&Ms, gum drops, red-hots, chocolate chips, or other candy! If you're willing to get messy, you can also make some pudding and let your child use it as finger paint.

Valentine's Day Themed Books in Accessible Formats

In addition to offering a ton of great books for children in print/braille as well as books with tactile graphics, the National Braille Press offers a children's print/braille book of the month club—an annual subscription means that you will automatically receive twelve monthly print/braille books.

mother reading to her daughter

Bookshare has a number of available titles with Valentine's Day themes.

Seedlings offers gift certificates for anyone who wants to share their love of reading. Check out their braille charms and pins, too.

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Valentine Gift Ideas for Blind Teens, Young Adults, and College Students

Have a coffee lover? Starbucks is continuing to offer a braille gift card that was originally developed in honor of National Disability Awareness Month.

Apple products, including iPods, iPhones, and MacBooks, have VoiceOver, an integrated screen reader that reads aloud whatever text is on the screen. VoiceOver makes it possible for people without vision to operate a device without sighted assistance. If you're in the market for a relatively inexpensive electronic gift, consider the iPod Shuffle for under $50. If you don't want to buy a device, another option is an iTunes gift card.

L'Occitane candle

Since 1997, L'Occitane products have included braille labels to help make their soaps, candles, and moisturizers accessible to all. Through their foundation, they also support services to help people who are blind or visually impaired.

dark copper pendant with the word love brailled on it and in raised letters, the following quote: 
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller

National Braille Press offers a good selection of braille jewelry, including this pretty "Love"/Helen Keller quote pendant.

Check out VisionAware's Valentine Gift Ideas for People With Vision Loss and Gift Ideas for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired.


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