Shapes A Multisensory Exploration + 130 Shape Themed Activities

Shapes – A Multisensory Exploration PLUS 130 Shape Themed Activities

Explore the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of shapes with this fully resourced, step-by-step, multisensory story PLUS 130 shape themed activities that link to areas of the curriculum.

Table of Contents

The Benefits of Sharing Multisensory Stories
How to Tell a Multisensory Story
About the Front Cover
Story Props Checklist
‘Shapes’ Full Story
‘Shapes’ Fully Resourced, Step-by-Step, Multisensory Story
Shape Sorting Activities
Sensory Art
Mark Making
Jackson Pollock by Harbour House
Re-Create the Artwork of Koloman Moser Backhausen
Re-Create the Artwork of Piet Mondrian
Tiles and Mosaics
Owen Jones
Spotlight on … The Vine Campus, Leeds City College
The Vine – Andrew Masullo
The Vine – Flags
The Vine – Kandinsky
The Vine – Beatriz Milhazes
The Vine – ‘The Last Word’
Collaborative Art
Seven Hills School, Sheffield
‘Church Windows’ – Oak Field School
Shape Monsters
Shape Monsters – St Andrew’s School
Shape Monsters – Wilson Stuart School
Shape People – Henrique Figuiera
Shape House
Shape Fill
3D Shape Activities
3D Shape Printing – Churchill Park Academy
Frozen Shape Exploration
Ice Cube Painting
Chocolate Box Shapes
D & T Food Science
D & T Cookery
D & T
Shapes in Music
Musical Shapes
Musical Shape Shakers
Shape Songs
Team Body Shapes
Shape Yoga Poses
Shape Obstacle Course
Sensory Shape Themed Activities
Shape Themed Sensory Bag
Shape Themed Sensory Bin
Shapes in the Environment
Shape Walks
Worksheet Ideas


A multisensory story is told using sensory stimuli (props).
The story props are low budget, everyday items found around the home, garden, outdoor areas and in the classroom.

This story includes themed, sensory extension activities that link to the EYFS Framework and areas of the KS1 National Curriculum making them the perfect resource for Special Education (aged 3-19) EYFS, Mainstream Primary, Speech & Language and EAL students.

What are the Benefits of Multisensory Storytelling?

1. Storytelling creates a bond between the storyteller and the story explorer enhancing and enriching experiences.

2. Rhyming Multisensory Stories connect the individual to literature, culture, and topic in a fun and engaging way.

3. The stories form a base on which to scaffold learning enabling the student to work on personal goals and individual targets.

4. The activities in the stories are designed to promote communication skills: (eye contact, listening, shared attention & language development), self-confidence & well-being (trying out new ideas & skills, practicing self-care & independence and enjoying achievement), self-awareness: (asking for ‘help’, ‘again’ and ‘more’), present opportunities to explore cause & effect and build anticipation skills, promote physical development: (fine & gross motor skills), build knowledge about the environment & the world around us, to engage in scientific experimentation and mathematical concepts and to develop social & emotional skills: (turn-taking & sharing and teamwork).

5. The sensory stimuli (story props) are a tool for the story explorer to explore and express their likes, dislikes, and sensory preferences and to have the opportunity to make choices.
This information can be used to identify motivators or items to calm and individual when anxious, tired, or stressed, identify triggers, (some you may wish to avoid, others to work on building tolerance through desensitisation in a safe and therapeutic environment) and used in the writing of care plans to enhance areas daily life.



I live in the UK and have 20 years’ experience working in education, including teaching literacy skills to the travelling community and EFL to Spanish and Moroccan communities.

The last 13 years I have taught literacy, numeracy and speech and language interventions in special education to pupils age 3-19 with a range of learning needs including Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Complex Needs, Behaviour support, Downs Syndrome and Global Delay.

Multisensory stories are aimed at connecting individuals with SEND to literature, culture and topic in a way that is meaningful to the lives.

Multisensory stories tell a story using words and sensory stimuli (story props). The props are all low budget items found around the home and classroom.
Exposure to sensory stimuli, (story props), engages the story explorer with new experiences to calm and alert their sensory system in a safe, therapeutic and fun environment helping them to understand the world around them.

The stories are fully resourced and written in an easy to follow, step by step format making them accessible for Parents, Guardians, Childminders, Early Years Educators, Teachers, HLTA’s, TA's, Speech Therapists, Play Therapists, Support Workers, Activity Coordinators, Storytellers, Librarians and anyone with an interest in exploring storytelling through the senses in a fun and engaging way!

Listening to rhyme and rhythm supports memory and aids learning playing a crucial role in language development, the learning of concepts, communication and early literacy skills such as listening and attention skills, anticipation, turn-taking and making choices.

The stories are adapted to meet a range of abilities and needs from curious preschoolers to teenagers with complex needs.
Each story includes themed, sensory extension activities linking to areas of the curriculum making them suitable for use in mainstream schools with Early Years, Reception, Primary, EAL and Speech and Language students.

My website is a free resource full of ideas and sensory inspiration and includes a Story Library of FREE multisensory stories and poems to download and enjoy.

Your questions, queries, comments and feedback are always welcome!

Twitter: @RhymingStories

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