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A Sensory Story for World Book Day

World Book Day is on the 4th of March this year. A perfect day for a sensory story with lots of books in it! I wrote this story for the Wigtown Book Festival and imagined it happening in one of the lovely wee bookshops in Wigtown, but feel free to set your version of the […]

A Pancake Day Sensory Story

This time I have a script for you rather than a book recommendation. This script is for an easy-to-tell sensory story for pancake day. It’s based on the folktale The Little Red Hen. When telling the story it can be fun to use the names of children or adults who are present for the different […]

Chinese New Year

The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine and Sebastià Serra is a fun lively tale for Chinese New Year. It’s published by Dutton Books and is also available as an e-book. It makes an excellent Chinese New Year sensory story for children with complex additional needs. The text is slightly complicated – however the story […]

Stone Soup

It’s back to Wigtown Book Festival again for a big bowl of Stone Soup. This traditional tale about sharing is told all over the world. I’ve created a simple sensory story version that uses ordinary household objects as props. Watch the video and join in here: Download the script and check out the other Wigtown […]

Wake up Santa!

I’m sending you over to the Wigtown Book Festival again for a Christmas sensory story! Santa has fallen asleep – the children won’t get any presents! The magical objects and animals at Santa’s home try to wake him up. This sensory story is very easy to use at the last minute in the run up […]

Even More Autumn and Halloween Sensory Stories!

I’ve come across a couple more lovely books so I can’t resist giving some more seasonal sensory story suggestions… Both of these books would be easy to transform into engaging sensory stories for children with complex additional needs. We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger, illustrated by Miki Sakamoto would be the perfect […]

More Sensory Stories for Autumn and Halloween

Here are some links to Autumn and Halloween sensory stories available online. (More Autumn and Halloween book recommendations coming in the next few days!) Inclusiveteach.com have a lovely gentle autumn sensory story available to download here: And Pathstoliteracy.org have a sensory story based on Lois Ehlert’s book Leaf Man: https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/strategies/leaf-man-sensory-story I love Lois Ehlert’s picture […]

It Was a Cold, Dark Night, Tim Hopgood

Autumn is definitely here – time for some nice Autumn sensory stories. Tim Hopgood’s It Was A Cold, Dark Night is perfect for turning into a sensory story to mark the beginning of the new season. Hover over the images to see links to where to buy the prop suggestions – or get in touch […]

Stanley’s School, William Bee

Here in Scotland we are just about to go back to school. Stanley’s School is a cheerful story about a school day that will give you a chance to remind your wee ones about their school routine and discuss how things may be different at school now. Stanley’s School is widely available available in hardback […]

The Carrot Seed, Ruth Krauss

Here is a sensory story for those of you who are enjoying pottering in the garden, strolling past your local allotments or growing some herbs on the window sill… The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, with lovely simple illustrations by Crockett Johnson, is a simple story which celebrates the wonder of growing things and the […]