I coordinate activities for students who are blind, and I always try to make sure that everything is accessible for them, that is, multi-sensory and in the proper large print or Braille format.  I got a little more than I bargained for last Saturday when we had a Happy New Year Party for them.  Because it was AFTER the new year, I gleefully shopped for party supplies that were 75% off.  (Gee…if I used the same theory and we celebrated Christmas AFTER Christmas, I would have saved a ton of money…but I digress…)


Knowing that the children love novel items, I purchased a large supply of “crackers” or “poppers”, such as in the above photo.  During the party I thought they could pop them overhead, and feel the confetti rain down on them.  I was mortified when the first popper was popped. It had little toys in it; a little maze, a little top, a little yoyo, and other items that were waaaaaaayyyyyyy too small for these children to be able to see and play with.  I had purchased a huge quantity of them because they were so reasonably priced, (darn that frugal shopper in me!)  When I looked at the contents, I knew it would be impossible to use them because they were not accessible.

Or WERE they…

Seeing as none of the children had noticed that first popper and its contents, I told them there was a new strategy to our popper game.  They could hold them up over their heads, pop them open, and feel  the “hard pieces of confetti” that would rain down upon them.  Excitedly, they opened the poppers as the little toys bonked them on their heads and fell soundless to the carpeted floor. “I feel it!  I feel the hard confetti!” they giggled and said delightedly, asking for more! More! More!  They had a great time at the New Year Party, and the sound of their laughter still echoes in my mind making me smile.

Thinking about it, I realized that the poppers WERE accessible.  The regular confetti in them was so tiny and light that the children were not really able to feel it as it rained out.  But the “hard pieces of confetti”, now THAT they felt!



Link to the Readers Digest review of my book:  http://www.rd.com/recommends/what-to-read-after-a-hurricane/

Link to my book  The Apple Tree: Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane


Comments on: "“Hard Pieces of Confetti”" (58)

  1. That is awesome! See, it worked out better!

  2. Thank you for sharing this. It not only brought a smile to my face to think of these children having such fun, but it is a great example of how to turn a not-so-great situation into a fantastic one 🙂 Kudos!

  3. This was so inspiring! How lucky they are to have you!

  4. What a great idea. So creative!

  5. I LOVE when a plan comes together!

  6. Funny when the worst thing that could have happened turns out to be the best thing that could have happened.

  7. You are amazing! Wasn’t that how Toll House Cookies came to be…an accident, how delicious!

  8. I loved this post!!! It just goes to show that if you has some creativity, all is not lost. The kids obviously had a great time. And, it was probably a lot easier to clean up! My boyfriend (huh? at 68? they need another word) has a son that was born with Spinal Bifada. He said, “I just never told him he was disabled”. Consequently, Michael grew up to be a very competent attorney.

  9. What a great way to celebrate! Funny how we take for granted or assume how others may experience an event! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Awesome ! So glad that it worked out !

  11. Loved your story and love the serendipity. God does sweat the small stuff.

  12. Reblogged this on Laughter: Carbonated Grace and commented:
    I love this sort of delightful serendipity. It’s what I tried to describe in my blog, “God Does Sweat the Small Stuff.”

  13. I love that you were still able to use the poppers. Reading this made me tear up from joy at the children being able to experience something all kids enjoy.

  14. How creative you are! How wonderful for them to be able to feel that confetti! The smallest things bring the greatest pleasures, I think we forget that to often! We learn so much from people with disabilities, they just seem to be able to do just that feel joy where we may not! I applaud you, what a job you must have it must be a great joy! We are raising one disabled grandson and it is such an honor! He brings us joy every single day! Carry on and have a lovely day!

  15. HI. that was totally innovative well done.

    Blessings! Maria Joe and loving guide Karly. Email/ I Message: &fb bubbygirl1972@gmail.com twitter: bubbygirl skype: bubbygirl1972


  16. You have a very inspiring site!

  17. thewriterinme said:

    Wow. Thats was so creatively managed. Hats off to you. Keep up the good work.

  18. I nominated your blog for The Versatile Blogger Award.
    Check it out at http://alanhalsey.com/2013/01/16/apparently-im-versatile/

  19. whao! awesome stuff you are doing, bringing fun to the lives of those kids. keep up the love.

  20. I like it.
    Thanks for sharing here!

  21. My brother is a quad. I wish there was someone in his life like you.

  22. You are wonderful and this image is so very beautiful, it’s just pure delight to read the image of this love and resourcefulness and joy. Thank you

  23. That is an awesome story and a reminder of how things still work out at times in life when we think they are not going to. I can picture the smiles that were on those children’s faces! Thank you for sharing this!

  24. Reblogged this on Ponder beyonder and commented:
    I really like this story, it reminds me that unintentional things can become good intentions 🙂

  25. Oh my. That is absolutely adorable! Kudos to you for finding a way for those kids to have fun with their hard confetti!

  26. That’s really amazing. I admire the way you made use of your resources and applied an “outside the box” approach. One of the many challenges of teaching is connecting to kids. With your creativity and heart, you must be an excellent teacher.

  27. Glad you were able to find a use for all those poppers! What a great idea! Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

  28. I took one look of your blog name and realized I could not live without reading your blog and selecting to follow it too. My birth daughter, who is now 34 years old is Hydrocephalic. She has been very blessed in that she has only had one shunt and only three revisions. However, she suffers from abandonment issues because of her first surgery, she also has PTSD and is Bi-Polar (like me and half of my siblings and their kids).
    At any rate I like what I see and I am looking forward t o more posts.
    Ta Ta for now, Cathy the Bagg Lady

  29. nearlynormalized said:

    Wonderful…I was a lifeguard during my college years to put a few extra bucks in my pocket. (So Cal) My experience with teaching blind and deaf children swim and feel safe in the water was my Summer opportunity. Enjoying the special attention needed to make sure these children could enjoy the pool and parents could feel safe while their children were in the pool was my goal. I succeeded and the accomplishment of these children amazed me, and you have my heart.

  30. I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. I’m sorry, or you’re welcome, depending on how you feel about Blog Award Nominations. http://blacksun321.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/liebster-blog-award/

  31. Wow, you are one smart cookie. I just found your blog today, I will be reading it regularly!

  32. Great solution – very creative!

  33. I’m glad that I visited your blog, with its moments of joy. 🙂

  34. Its wonderful how you were immediatly able to see a way for everyone to enjoy. Thats the beauty of understanding needs. You have to think outside the box for results! I think you had the best result.

  35. Ha! What a sweet story. It’s always good to say on that sunny side of life. I’ve worked a bit autistic kids and find that working with certain intellectual/sensory/emotional constraints can often make for much more interesting, innovative, and of course individualized learning. Win.

  36. Oh my gosh! This is the first post I’ve read on your website and WOW. I LOVE the idea of “hard” confetti! I always struggle to find “appropriate” games for the kids in my son’s class (autism), and although I’m not sure hard confetti is the answer, I love the different thinking results! YAY…

  37. This really put a smile on my face and well done for your quick thinking. I have a new weekly adoption link up if you fancy joining in. http://thepuffindiaries.com/2013/01/25/weekly-adoption-shout-out/

  38. I love how you turned that around into a great activity! Quick thinking.

    Thanks for linking up to the Weekly Adoption Shout-Out too 🙂

  39. Awesome post! Such a heartwarming story. I’m always looking for ideas for multi-sensory ways of teaching, or even celebrating. (love the hard confetti idea) Here’s a hint about Christmas – Christmas doesn’t begin until Christmas Eve – and doesn’t end until January 6, which is the Epiphany.

  40. such a joyful turn of events. it makes me happy that to hear of how happy they were. thank you for sharing the experience.

  41. That’s such a great idea for the kids on New Year’s!

  42. Life has a way of sneaking up on us and happening as it chooses. Some days are delightful and some, not so delightful.

  43. This was a beautiful read. God bless your kind soul and those sweet children. 🙂

  44. Your blog is delightful, thank you for it!

  45. That was some fast and smart thinking there, and very helpful when it comes to any kind of kid. Thumbs up! 🙂

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