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7 Fun and Engaging Birthday and Holiday Gifts for Kids with CVI

April 23, 2023 No Comments

7 Fun and Engaging Birthday and Holiday Gifts for Kids with CVI

At the top of the image, the following text appears: "CVI-friendly Gift Ideas." Below the text there are three pictures of toys shown: ocean rotating sensory toy, sensory ball musical toy, and DJ Bouncin' Beats.

When shopping for toys for children with cortical visual impairment, it is important to keep a few features in mind: color, movement, light, and sound (for some). Many (not all) children with CVI gravitate towards toys that light up, have a movement component, and have bright colors. Some children like toys that also incorporate music. Below I share 7 birthday and holiday gifts for kids with CVI. 

 

Gifts for Kids with CVI Idea #1: Ocean Rotating Sensory Toy

At the top of the image, the following text appears: "Ocean Rotating Sensory Toy." Below the text is a picture of a rotating light-up toy that is ocean themed.

This is an absolute favorite! This Ocean Rotating Sensory Toy has:

  • calming lights
  • easy to push buttons
  • a movement component (animals rotate inside)
  • lights that project out the side
  • low background music, as well as additional sounds if the buttons are pushed

#2: DJ Bouncin’ Beats

The text at the top of the image says "DJ Bouncin' Beats." Below is a picture of the brightly colored toy.

Compared to the previously mentioned toy, DJ Bouncin’ Beats is a more upbeat toy! This toy:

  • has a movement component (the toy bounces up and down)
  • has a face that lights up and changes colors
  • has large, easy-to-push buttons
  • plays upbeat music, as it moves

Gifts for Kids with CVI #3: Light Up Train

The text at the top of the image says "Light Up Train." Below is a picture of a translucent light up train.

I love this light-up train, especially for the multiple settings that it has. The settings include lights only, as well as lights AND music. I also love this toy because:

  • once the toy is on, it remains activated. There aren’t any additional buttons to push.
  • it has a movement option. There is a cap on the movement option, that can easily be removed.
  • it is visually engaging,

 

Cortical Visual Impairment Gift Idea #4: Light Up Mixing Bowl

At the top of the image, the following text appears: "light up mixing bowl." Below the text, the following image appears a clear mixing bowl with a face on it, two brightly colored measuring spoons, and a white and gold egg.

This Light Up Mixing Bowl is a great toy for kids who are able to or are working to put objects “in.” It also makes a great toy for visual attention and engagement.

This mixing bowl:

  • has a face that lights up
  • has an opening to put the ingredients in
  • has a musical component, and the volume can be controlled 

 

Gift Idea #5: Magnetic Blocks

At the top of the image, the following text appears: "magnetic blocks." Below is a photo of 4 colorful blocks, a zebra shaped block, and a yellow maraca-like block.

These magnetic blocks are perfect for kids working on fine motor skills. The blocks:

  • are solid in color; they only have a single sticker on one side
  • are large and easy to manipulate
  • have colors that are bright and engaging
  • have a magnet in each block, making them easier to build 

 

Gifts for Kids with CVI #6: Baby Einstein Curiosity Kaleidoscope 

At the top of the image, the following text is written: "curiosity kaleidoscope." Below the image is a photo of the toy that is triangular in shape that has a light up base and top.

This awesome Curiosity Kaleidoscope toy has two settings.

  1. One is color themed, so depending on which color button you touch, the toy lights up in that color (red, blue, and yellow).
  2. Two is music themed so the toy lights up in all three colors.

This toy is activated by touching any of the large buttons on each handle. Very little pressure is needed to squeeze the handle (button). The toy also includes three language settings: English, French, and Spanish.

 

Gift Idea #7: Sensory Ball Musical Toy

At the top of the image, the text "sensory ball musical toy" appears. Below is a photo of the toy with 6 colorful balls that light up that sit on a base.

Another of my absolute favorites! This Sensory Ball Musical Toy:

  • has a sound-off option, which is perfect for children that might find simultaneous music and lights too stimulating
  • lights up and plays music on its own! No motor requirements for this toy to work.
  • plays calming music

Bonus: If a child has the motor skills, the music can be changed by picking up a ball and putting it back!

 

Looking for other gift ideas? Check out these two blog posts:

10 Engaging Toys for Kids with CVI

7 Handheld Sensory Toys for Kids with Cortical Visual Impairment

 

 

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Melissa

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