Spring A Sensory Story Teaching Guide and Themed Extension Activities

Explore the sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and textures of spring with this comprehensive teaching pack aimed at sensory learners of all ages. 

 This resource includes ‘Spring’, a fully resourced, step by step multisensory story, plus themed, sensory ideas and activities aimed at supporting the five areas of the engagement model, creativity, independence, building communication skills, and promotes areas of learning linking to curriculum subjects and topics. 

 This is the perfect resource for: 

  • Teaching professionals working with students (aged 3-19) in special education following pre-formal/sensory, semi-formal or formal pathways. 
  • EYFS Teachers and Nursery Practitioners (the sensory activities link to areas of the EYFS Framework) 
  • Teaching professionals supporting Year 1 students in mainstream education (the activities support areas of learning within the KS1 National Curriculum. 
  • Speech and Language Therapists (the story props back up the spoken word) 
  • Activity Coordinators and Support Workers in adult care settings (the stories engage adults with learning disabilities and dementia) 
  • Parents, carers, librarians, and anyone with an interest in storytelling through the senses. 


‘Spring’ – A Multisensory Exploration Teaching Pack  Table of Contents 


The Benefits of Multisensory Storytelling  

How to tell a Multisensory Story   

Story Props Checklist  

‘Spring’ Full Story  

‘Spring’ Fully Resourced, Step-by-Step Multisensory Story 

Spring Pond Sensory Bin  

Let’s Explore…Lambs  

Bee Seed Balls  

Nest Building  

Make a Bird Nesting Material Holder  

Chocolate Bird Nests  

Flower Colour Changing Experiment  

Spring Weather Box & Sensory Clothes Exploration  

Spring Nature Walk  

Bottle Animals  

Herb Sock Animal  

Cress Shapes  

Mini Greenhouse  

Nature’s Art Room  

Spring Weaving  

Spring Clean Your Classroom  

Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products  

Spring Ancient Beliefs – Egypt & The Roman Empire  

Spring Ancient Beliefs – Shemu  

Spring Ancient Beliefs – Anglo Saxons  

Spring Ancient Beliefs – Ancient Greece & Maya  

Mayan Equinox Sensory Bin  

Spring Festivals Around the World – Holi  

Spring Festivals Around the World – Marzanna (Poland)  

Spring Festivals Around the World – Cimburijada (Bosnia)  

Spring Festivals Around the World – Las Fallas (Valencia Spain)  

Spring Festivals Around the World – Cherry Blossom Festival (Japan)    

Spring Festivals Around the World – Nowruz (Iran)  

Spring Sensory Ideas & Inspiration 


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/setting. 

 What are the Benefits of Multisensory Storytelling? 

  1. Storytelling creates a bond between the storyteller and the story explorer, enhancing and enriching experiences.
  1. Rhyming Multisensory Stories connect the individual to literature, culture, history, and topic in a fun and engaging way.
  1. The stories form a base on which to scaffold learning enabling the student to work on personal goals and individual targets.
  1. The sensory 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 and skills, practicing self-care, independence and enjoying achievement) 
  • Self-awareness: (asking for ‘help’, ‘again’ and ‘more’) 
  • Opportunities to explore cause & effect and build anticipation skills. 
  • Physical development: (fine & gross motor skills) 
  • Knowledge building around the environment & the world around us 
  • Engagement in scientific experimentation and mathematical concepts 
  • Development of social & emotional skills: (turn-taking, sharing, teamwork and listening to others’ ideas) 
  1. 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 and rejections. It also helps individuals to make sense of the world around them.


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. 

Your questions, queries, comments, and feedback are always welcome:) 

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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 www.rhymingmultisensorystories.com 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!

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