There are so many ways you can adapt coloring for blind kids, including painting, to make it an enjoyable activity. Just because you can’t see the pictures doesn’t mean it can’t be interesting! Get creative and think outside of the lines when you’re planning your next art project with a child who is blind. Be sure to check out the tips below and then print your own Halloween Coloring Pages for the holidays!

1. Add Sound

  • Outline special coloring pages with tactile paint or glitter glue, let dry the color on top of the Crayola Color Wonder Sound Studio!
  • Place any coloring page atop the Crayola Color Me A Song to hear music while you color. Great to teach cause and effect because the faster you color, the faster the music plays!
  • The Crayola Musical Rub-Art Station provides music similar to the Color Me A Song studio, but also adds texture with rubbing plates. It’s also great for kids who aren’t ready for grasping a crayon or brush because you just have to rub the crayon flat on the page to color and activate the music!
  • The No Time for Flashcards Blog “Painting with Sound” (Pin It Here!) post shows you how to attach bells to your crayons, markers and brushes!

2. Add Texture

  • Use a variety of textured brushes for painting. Try using different paints for different colors, or mixing and matching!
  • Place a piece of mesh, sandpaper or glitter scrapbook paper underneath your coloring page to give tactile feedback while coloring.
  • Add sand or glitter to fingerpaints to create a one of a kind tactile picture! Get really creative with the edible, scented glitter fingerpaints listed in the next section.
  • Outline coloring pages with glitter glue, puff paints, or hot glue to make raised line images.
  • Add Braille labels to your crayons and markers, and make an organized board to hold them in place. This is a must-do at home and in the classroom for kids with visual impairments! Get a free board when you order the Print & Braille book, “The Day the Crayons Quit” from National Braille Press!

Make Scented Paints!

3. Add Taste & Scent

  • The Learn Play Imagine Blog has a fun article with recipes on how to make edible, scented fingerpaints for Fall using edible glitter! (Pin It Here!)
  • The Great Expecations Program, a project I’m involved in from National Braille Press, has extensive activity ideas and resources for making coloring a fun activity for kids with visual impairments all based around the book, “The Day the Crayons Quit” which is available in print and braille. Madilyn helped out with an activity for scented paints that she loved so definitely check it out! The entire program is truly amazing!

Use tactile paints to trace lines.

Simple Halloween Coloring Pages:

Find more coloring pages on Coloring.ws from DLTK’s website for year-round coloring fun!

CHALLENGE! Now use one or more of these fabulous ideas with your child or student. Incorporate them into Fall-themed lessons, or create your own images! Be sure to share your creations with us by tagging @SensorySun on Twitter & Instagram, or share your pics directly with other teachers and parents on the Sensory Sun Facebook Page!