How to tell a Rhyming Multisensory Story

  • Choose a quiet, distraction free place that is comfortable for you and your story participator who for ease of reading I will refer to as the 'Learner' from now on.

  • Set out your resources where they are easily accessible to you but out of reach and sight of the learner.

  • Place the first story prop into your story bag or box. (Choose a bag or box that is eye-catching and tactile. It will add an air of mystery to the learner.)


  • Each story is set out in a three column table format:



  • Read each sentence of the TEXT/STORY slowly and clearly, introducing the story PROP as the corresponding word (highlighted in red lettering) of the sentence appears. Follow the instructions in the ACTION/ SENSORY EXPERIENCE column.

  • Allow the learner time to engage their senses exploring the prop and to process the sensory experience. This will give you plenty of time to place the next prop into the story bag.

  • Use a variety of facial expressions, gestures and an animated voice to communicate meaning.


  • There are several options for story props suggested in the stories and you can also add your own props.


  • Follow a total communication approach.


  • Work through the story at the learner's pace. It should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience for you both.































You do not have to complete the whole story in one sitting. You can explore one or two sentences adding to the story in future sessions, it may take several sessions to complete the story.

 Allow processing time. 


 Repetition is the key! The more exposure the learner has to the story, the more familiar they will become with it.


Focus on having fun and it will become an educational experience!   

Develop Comprehension & Understanding

  • At the end of the story, present the learner with the props to freely explore. Depending on ability, if you are working at a sensory level you will be looking to identify items that motivate and engage the learner. At a higher level you are aiming for the learner to work towards retelling the story using the props. 


  • Label 3 boxes ‘beginning’, ‘middle’ and ‘end’ or ‘first’, ‘second, last’ or ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’ depending on the learner’s level. Breaking the story into sections makes it more manageable.  

  • Can the learner pick out the props that represent the key elements to the story?

  • Can the learner sort the props into their correct categories in the boxes showing what happened at the beginning and the end of a story or before or after a specific event?

  • Can the learner develop the story? What happens next?

  • Can the learner relate events in the stories to their own lives?

  • At the end of the session, encourage the learner to tidy the props into the story bag/box. This will signify that the story session has ended. 

  • There are story themed sensory extension activities with each story to explore.