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Ideas for Activities at Home During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 2020

With schools closed, families are looking for ideas on how to help their children who are deaf-blind continue to learn and have fun.

The resources on this page provide many suggestions for keeping your child engaged and learning.

In addition, be sure to check in with your state deaf-blind project. Many are having conference calls for families and sharing resources on their websites and Facebook pages. And check out our Family Events page to stay up to date with learning and connection opportunities for yourself!

A young girl and infant playing on the floor of their living room.
A young girl in pigtails is sitting on the floor drawing a life-sized picture of herself on a very large piece of paper.
A boy is taking a newspaper out of a mailboxHe has a cochlear implant.
A young girl holding a chart containing Disney character magnets. It reads "My Magnetic Responsibility Chart.


Establishing Routines at Home [Webinar] – Ideas for educators and families on how to use everyday routines to promote learning.

Make a Tactile Experience Book! – Explains how to create a tactile experience book that is meaningful and relevant to a child’s own experiences. 

Ideas to Engage Students with Significant Multiple Disabilities in Activities During the Summer Holidays – This article is on the Paths to Literacy website, which also has many other great activities for kids and families (explore the "Deafblind" and "Multiple Disabilities" categories).

Creating Educational Toys and Activities for Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired – Ideas for how to make inexpensive toys out of household objects that can be used to teach concepts during daily routines.

Hold Everything!: Twenty "Stay-Put" Play Spaces for Infants and Preschoolers with Sensory Impairments and Other Special Needs  This booklet is about creating spaces and materials that encourage exploration. Also available in Spanish.

Sensory Activities – Articles from, a site dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities.

While You Are Home: Activities for Children with CVI – A blog post from Christine Roman with ideas for children with cortical vision impairment.

Ideas for Family Routines – A list of common routines and activities.