The National Federation of the Blind is committed to ensuring quality education for blind students, and to providing activities and lessons that are fun and educational for blind children and their families. When virtual education is necessary or encouraged, we want blind students to be able to continue learning alongside their sighted peers.
In this section, we feature select activities from the BEE, our e-newsletter that outlines strategies and hands-on activities for parents and children to perform together to foster Braille skills, as well as early movement and travel. Visit our BEE archive for more fun and learning.
- Education Goal: Learn common gestures.
- How to Play
- Some blind children can struggle with learning gestures that sighted people tend to learn quickly. For example, waving hello and goodbye. Blind children want to wave like everyone else. Learning gestures is an important skill to master, especially at an early age. To help with this, demonstrate to your children gestures such as waving, thumbs up, and "ok." Gestures are an important part of the visual world that are sometimes ignored for blind children, but they don't have to be.
Braille Is Sweet
- Education Goal: Practice Braille.
- How to Play
- Let's forget about that silly rule about not playing with your food. Instead, make it into a learning moment. How, you ask? It’s easy! Marshmallows make wonderful Braille dots! First, lick one end of the marshmallow to get it nice and sticky. Then press it onto a piece of construction paper. You can spell all sorts of fun marshmallow messages and strengthen your child's Braille skills at the same time.
Enjoy these interactive lessons that we conducted via Zoom.
- Buzzing Bees (YouTube)
- Making Scented Playdough (YouTube)
- Making Apple Smiles (YouTube)
- How to Create Braille Tracking Sheets with Things You Have in Your Home (YouTube)
- A Picnic and Celery Swing Cells (YouTube)
- Bang Game (YouTube)
- The Slate and Stylus—A Versatile, Portable Tool for Life (YouTube)
Braille Story Time
We want blind children to have the opportunity to see fluid Braille readers in action. Here are some videos of blind people reading stories in Braille. Each story has an activity that you and your child can do to take the learning to the next level.
- Curious George Goes Camping Read Aloud (YouTube)
- Dear Deer Read Aloud (YouTube)
- Make Way for Ducklings Read Aloud (YouTube)
- Where Does the Garbage Go Read Aloud (YouTube)
- A Picture Book of Rosa Parks Read Aloud (YouTube)
- The Little Red Hen Read Aloud (YouTube)
- Madeleine Read Aloud (YouTube)
- Never Touch a Monster Read Aloud (YouTube)
- Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day Read Aloud (YouTube)
Here are some resources to help engage your children in activities around the house and teach nonvisual concepts.
- Spreading and Pouring as a Blind Person (YouTube)
- How to Fold and Roll Clothes (YouTube)
- Using Braille Screen Input on your iPhone or iPad (YouTube)
- Basic Indoor Cane Travel Techniques (YouTube)
- How to Tie a Tie as a Blind Person (YouTube)
- Tying Shoes as a Blind Person (YouTube)
- How to Care for a Dog as a Blind Person (YouTube)
- Climbing Stairs with a Cane (YouTube)
- President Mark Riccobono Grilling (YouTube)