Valentine’s Day is often associated with giving gifts, such as cards, candy, and flowers. If you have a special someone in your life who is visually impaired, you may be wondering how to create a traditional Valentine’s experience that makes more use of the other four senses.
Music to Set the Mood
Adults can do a little listening to some mood music. Find something romantic and pop it into your CD player. Or, if you like to move, create a dance floor set-up and make your own party at home. A good gift set would be a CD of your favorite music bundled with a large button CD player.
And kids love to play games to music. They can have a freestyle dance, or you can do something structured. One idea is to sit in a circle, with music playing, and pass around a heart. When the music stops, everyone must say something kind or complimentary about the child who is left holding the heart.
Are you musically talented? One of the best gifts you could give is a personalized song. Whether singing about the beauty of your true love, or the things you like about your five-year-old, custom made songs are always a hit. If you’re not up to composing your own tune, take a well-known song and just change the words.
Food Can Be Fun
Since most people enjoy going out to eat on Valentine’s Day, or receiving boxes of chocolates or candies, you can try to up the entertainment value.
Adults may want to turn mealtime into an activity. Choose a fancy recipe for the special occasion and learn some new culinary skills. Cooking together is good for bonding. Cooking Without Looking is one resource you can check for ideas on managing meal prep with low vision.
For kids or adults, add some tactile elements to your Valentine’s treats. Heart shaped cakes or candies would be fun to receive. Or serving your meal or treats on bright red plates might give some interesting contrast for people with low vision.
Valentine’s Themed Presents
Valentine’s Day is not just for romance. You can show your love to friends and family as well. Some Valentine’s Day themed gifts you can give to everyone include Braille jewelry. ILA has necklaces that say Friend, Love, Best Friend, and I Heart You.
Want a card that makes an impression? Use a Raised-Line Drawing Board to create your own Valentine’s Day greeting. Just draw what you want with a standard pen, and whatever you write will be able to be felt.
For a kids’ craft try making hearts or raised messages out of Wikki Stix. Wikki Stix are easy to use, and the design possibilities are endless. Another idea is to take craft items such as buttons, fabric squares, and sequins and sort them into cupcake tins. Provide paper and glue for making cards, and have the kids create a scene.
There are a lot of ways to make your Valentine’s activities go beyond the traditional card on paper. Try some of these ideas to add excitement to the holiday, and then come back and let us know how it went in the comments.
ILA wishes you and your loved ones a Happy Valentine’s Day!