Is Your Child Blind and Turning 5? Two Birthday Activities They Can Do

If your child is turning five years old and they are blind, you have to do things a little differently when having a birthday party for them. This is true even if the other children coming to the party are not blind. Below are two great activities that your child and the other children will have fun doing.

Blindfolded Games

Play games in which all the kids are blindfolded. This puts everyone on equal ground, and your child will likely enjoy everyone being a little like he or she is.

You could play the classic pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey game, or you could purchase or draw a large clown face and have the kids pin a clown nose to the face.

If you do not mind the kids getting messy, you can play a blindfolded food game. Put some ice cream in a dish along with a plastic spoon. Sit two kids in chairs opposite from each other, with one child's hands tied or placed behind their back. Blindfold each child. Have one of the blindfolded children try to feed the other child a bit of ice cream with the spoon. The kids will have fun trying to reach each other's mouths. Your child may also enjoy being blindfolded like the other children.

Blindfolded games work well because they rely on the children being unable to see, requiring them to use other senses.


Because your child does not have the sense of sight, let him or her use the sense of sound at the birthday party. Have the kids play musical instruments. You can purchase some cheap musical instruments at most toy stores. You can even make some of your own instruments to save money. One thing you can do is put some beans or small stones into an empty water bottles and put a lid on each bottle. The kids can use them as shakers.

Make tambourines using plastic or paper bowls. You will need some ribbon, scissors, a hole punch, and jingle bells. Use the hole puncher to put holes all the way around the edge of the bowl that are spaced about an inch or so apart. Measure a ribbon so that it can go around the bowl, then add a few more inches of ribbon to that and cut it. Tie a knot at one end of the ribbon. Thread one jingle bell through the ribbon, and thread that part through one of the holes. Thread another jingle bell, and pull that part of the ribbon through the second hole. Continue doing this until you have the jingle bells and ribbon threaded through every hole. When you are finished, tie the ribbon, but not too tight. You want to give the jingle bells enough room so they can jingle when the children shake their tambourines. Put on some music and let the children play their instruments.

If your child can read braille, purchase them a birthday card written in braille. You can find these online, and some places let you design the card yourself. For further birthday party ideas for children, contact an establishment like Brown's Gymnastics.