The RNIB release guide to outdoor play for children with vision impairment

The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) have recently released a new guide, Messy and Muddy, which explores outdoor play for children living with sight loss. The new guide offers advice for encouraging a child with vision impairment to get ‘messy and muddy’ and how to support natural development in a safe, accessible and fun way.

“Exploring outside helps children develop mobility and independence skills; it can provide tangible contexts for learning about literacy and numeracy; it helps them face challenges and take risks; importantly, it provides the perfect opportunity to have fun with friends and stay active.”

Extract form the free downloadable guide, Messy and Muddy, RNIB
Messy and Muddy front page, two young children splashing in a puddle

“Children with visual impairments can often fall behind in their early development. At this crucial time in life, learning is often determined by visual cues and what we see others do. British Blind Sport are pleased to support this guide promoting the importance of play and encouraging healthy and active lifestyles. This guide aligns well with the aims of our First Steps project, promoting learning through real-life experiences and activity.”

Alaina MacGregor, British Blind Sport CEO

The British Blind Sport First Steps project, which includes an inflatable audible ball, sticker pack and progress tracker, has been designed to supply families with all of the tools necessary to support a visually impaired child to take their first steps towards leading an active and independent life. The First Steps project has proven extremely popular in providing parents with the knowledge and confidence to support their young children to develop important skills at this crucial time with fun activity and games.

The First Steps project, which after a successful launch in Yorkshire, has now progressed to new locations including the Midlands and North West, with additional packs available throughout the UK.

Click here to find out more about the First Steps project or to request a free pack.

Click here to download Messy and Muddy Guide.