Santa did a fantastic job this past Christmas by bringing Magna-Tiles into our home. Both Peanut and Sprout love them, and they’re amazing when used with the light box. Magna-Tiles are definitely an awesome toy for both sighted and unsighted kids, if my two kiddos are any indication.
Santa spent about $50 for a box of 32 tiles. These include two large squares (they’re each the size of four of the smaller squares), small squares, and three different sizes of triangles. The tiles are translucent plastic tiles with magnets embedded around the edges. Somehow, they’ve arranged it so there’s not a “right” way to put the tiles together–the magnets work regardless of which way you try to put the tiles against one another. These have worked to help Peanut build in 3D, learn about geometric shapes, and learn a bit about how different shapes “fit” together (two triangles to make a square, for instance–but they have to be certain triangles).
So far, these have been an awesome addition to our toy repertoire, and are loved by both of our kiddos. I’d definitely recommend them for sighted and unsighted kids alike.