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May Teaching Calendar

Updated: May 19

Teaching ideas and activities to celebrate the month of May including your FREE Summer themed mini workshop, The King's Coronation, Vesak Day, National Walking Month, Share a Story Month, National Sun Awareness Week, Design a Book Cover Competition


National Walking Month

National Share a Story Month

National Smile Month

May 1st National Sun Awareness Week

May 1st Hedgehog Awareness Week

May 5th Space Day

May 5th African World Heritage Day

May 6th The King's Coronation

May 9th Europe Day

May 12th Florence Nightingale's Birthday

May 13th World Migratory Bird Day

May 16th Vesak Day

May 24th 1844 First Morse Code Message was sent

May 28th Whistun

FREE Training Workshop

'Summer - A Multisensory Exploration'

Join me as we explore how to source the story props to explore the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of summer for this delightful multisensory story, how to use the story props as a tool to promote communication, independence, and areas of learning plus of summer themed sensory ideas and activities.

Dates: Thurs 15th June 4pm Mon 19th June 3.30pm Weds 21st June 3pm

Held via Zoom Admission: FREE to all

To book your slot email: send a message via the Chat feature on the website or send a message via social media.

*Subscribers to the Members Library will be receiving personal invitations to the live sessions via email and will also be able to access the recording in the library prior to the live sessions.

National Walking Month

  • Go on a listening walk around the school.

  • Go on a nature walk. Find five things to look at, four things to touch, three things to listen to, two things to smell, one thing to taste. Collect nature items: feathers, grasses, leaves, pinecones, seed heads- use them to create a sensory artwork.

  • Make a sensory pathway. Use different textured materials and natural items to form a pathway (sand/gravel/carpet/water/leaves/wood/foam etc) Encourage students to walk barefoot to stimulate their senses.

Share a Story Month

Storytelling forms a bond between the storyteller and story explorer.

For anyone new to multisensory storytelling you can watch free training videos here:

  • A Train Ride Through India

  • Dear Santa

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

  • Journey into Space

The videos will talk you through how to source story props and using the props/resources as a tool to promote communication skills, independence, areas of learning and for students to explore and express their likes, dislikes and sensory preferences providing opportunities for them to make choices and rejections.

There are also lots of ideas for sensory extension activities linking to areas of the curriculum.

The story props are all low budget, everyday items.

May 1st Hedgehog Awareness Week

Let's Explore...Hedgehogs

Promote Physical Development, Coordination, Balance, Control & Movement & Imaginative Play

Can the student move like a hedgehog?

Can the student forage looking for items as they walk on all fours?

Can the student curl up into a little ball?

Build Understanding of Animal Habitats and Develop Creative Thinking Through the Use of Different Materials

Hedgerows are a hedgehog's natural habitat and our gardens also make a good habitat. Explore a Hedge

Mark a section 1m x 1m and count how many different species of plants you can find in that area.

Make a Hedgehog Habitat

Layer a container (tuff-tray or cardboard box) with fern/bracken, dried grass, straw and leaves. (Alternatively, find a patch in an outdoor area amongst shrubbery, or in leaf/wood piles) Hedgehogs roll the leaves and grass into balls, can the student roll the leaves and grasses into balls?

Explore Hedgehog Food

A hedgehog's main diet consists of beetles, along with caterpillars and earthworms. Head outdoors. Lift plant pots, stones and logs and see if you can find any of these insects. Use a magnifying glass to see more detail

Make a Hedgehog Sensory Box

Line a shoebox with leaves (I used vine leaves, rosemary leaves, curry leaves and bay leaves for an extra sensory element)

Add a SSCD with a recording of a hedgehog snuffle.

Add hedgehogs (Spiky pom poms, pinecones and a nail brush represent the spikiness of a hedgehog or make hedgehogs by rolling Playdoh into a ball then create the spikes using dried spaghetti)


Place a few items in the box for sensory exploration.

Remove the items the student doesn't interact with, replace them with other items.

Keep changing the items to keep the activity interesting and motivating

(Excerpt from 'Autumn - A Multisensory Exploration')

May 1st National Sun Awareness Week

'Sensory Sun' by Sparrow's Class at Hebden Green School, Winsford, Cheshire

Create a Sensory Sun

Class teacher Vicky Ormerod-Jordan explains how the Sparrow Class Hebden Green School in Winsford, Cheshire, celebrated the sun!

'We danced with a yellow stretchy band which is the centre of our sun.

We added oranges and lemons,having smelt, touched and tasted them.

We explored sweetcorn, peeling off the leaves.

We smelt yellow marigolds and added them to the sun centre.

We bounced, tennis balls and rolled them down a ramp.

We enjoyed a song I wrote called 'The Sun will Shine,' where we shone a torch on various body parts.

The best part of the picture was making hand and footprints in yellow paint for the sun's rays. Very messy!'

Click below to view to gallery to see more of the Sparrow's sun themed sensory activities

Excerpt from 'Summer - A Multisensory Exploration' £3.98

Discuss the importance of staying safe in the sun (link to skin cancer Awareness Month)

Make a sun safety box and place sun protection items inside for exploration

  • Sunscreen

  • Hats

  • Sunglasses

  • Protective clothing (round neck cotton t-shirts)

  • Bottle of water

  • Sunshade

Extend Learning

Can the students tell you what the items are used for how they protect you from the sun?

6th May

The King's Coronation

'King Charles was in his library flicking through a history book

'It says here I am Charles the third, I hope I have better luck!

The first King Charles lived years ago, he disobeyed the law

He overtaxed the people and then he caused a war'

Join Charles III as he looks back in history then make preparations for his Coronation with this fully resourced, step-by-step multisensory story and themed, sensory activities.

Table of Contents

The Benefits of Multisensory Storytelling

How to Tell a Multisensory Story

Story Props/Resources Checklist

The King's Coronation - Full Story

The King's Coronation - Fully Resourced, Step-by Step Story

Skills Promoted During this Multisensory Story Session

The King's Suitcase

King Charles The Author 'The Old Man of Lochnagar' Sensory Ideas

The King's Table

King Charles The Arborist

King Charles The Archaeologist

King Charles The Magician

King Charles The Thespian

More Resources Linking to Buckingham Palace

Activity Idea

'The King's Suitcase' (Excerpt from 'The King's Coronation A Multisensory Adventure')

King Charles III likes his comforts when he travels away from home. His butler is instructed to iron his shoelaces and pajamas and to squeeze 1 inch of toothpaste on his toothbrush. King Charles travels with his own toilet seat and his childhood teddy bear.

Here are some of the items he takes with him:

  • A suitcase

  • Toilet paper

  • Pair of pajamas

  • Toothpaste

  • Fresh fruit (The King loves plums!)

  • Fresh fruit juice (place a small carton inside the suitcase)

  • Dried fruit

  • A teddy bear

  • Silk cushion


Use this as a sensory exploration, inviting the student to choose and item and explore it.

Extend Learning

Provide a list (this can be a photo board) of the items needed to pack The King's Suitcase. Can the students find the items and pack them into the suitcase

Add Red herrings - items that are not on the list.

Build Functional Language Skills

Can the students name the item?

Can the student tell you the item's function

'The King's Coronation' Training Workshop

Thank you to everyone who joined me for the workshops. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and welcome lots of new people.

Click the link to view the recording

The King's Coronation Multisensory Workshop Recording

May 5th

African World Heritage Day

This a day to celebrate of the culture of the Continent of Africa.

Discuss the importance of Africa and its vulnerability due to climate change and poaching.

Explore animal 'skins'

This presents an opportunity for students to explore and express their likes, dislikes and sensory preferences and can help in everyday life such as clothing.

- Faux fur

- Faux leather (fake leather belts, handbags)

- Fabric craft feathers

- Faux suede

Extend Learning

Animal Match Game

Print out an African Animals picture grid (see example below)

Print and cut out the animal skin patterns below.

Can the students match the animal pattern to the animal?

May 5th

Space Day

Space day is an unofficial holiday aimed at promoting STEM activities.

Create a Space Role Play Area

Role play is a crucial part of development providing opportunities to engage in imaginative play.

  • Involve the student(s) in creating a space role play area and the props to go in it.

  • Secure a black or dark blue sheet/blanket/bubble wrap/egg cartons to the wall. Add stars.

  • Create a rocky/sandy area on the floor to represent a moonscape. Add glitter to the sand for a shimmering effect. Make large rocks from painted scrunched up newspaper, and smaller moon rocks from scrunched up aluminium foil.

  • Provide an assortment of cardboard boxes, aluminium foil, space blankets, pipe cleaners, empty plastic bottles, old cd's, masking tape, tumble dryer venting hose, for your 'astronauts' to make their own rockets, moon buggies, and space suits.

Moon Dust Recipe

You will need

  • 8 Tablespoons of Cornflour

  • 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil

  • Vanilla Essence


Ratio 8:1

Combine the vegetable oil and cornflour until you reach a powdered yet mouldable texture.

Option to add flavoured essence to stimulate the senses.

Press the footprint of a shoe to spark curiosity (the astronaut's footprint)

Create an area for Scientific Investigation

  • Set up a desk and chair.

  • Place on an assortment of items to investigate: bubble tubes, colour changing eggs, colour paddles, coloured cellophane, disco balls, fibre optics, foil, glasses with coloured lenses, glitterballs, glow in the dark stickers, glowsticks, kaleidoscopes, light-up toys e.g., bumble balls, disco glide balls, fluorescent chimeabout, glitter globes, glitter rockets, Koosh, LED multi-spinner, mood cubes, neon gloves/scarves, spiky flashing balls, spinners, UV bubbles, UV mittens, UV slinky, UV shaker, windmills light pads, prismatic projector, prisms, rainbow goggles.

Add fine motor tools to encourage scientific investigation: camera, magnifying glasses, tweezers, magnets, mirrors.

Alternatively create your space area inside a pop-up tent!

Decorate by threading LED lights and hanging cut outs of planets from the ceiling of the tent.

Extend Learning

Provide a box containing items of different materials: Plastic, material, metal, rubber and wood.

Can the students sort the items into their categories according to their material?

Dress for the Part!

  • Disposable decorators overalls make excellent space suits.

  • Wellies or boots covered with foil make great moon boots.

You Might Like

'Journey into Space - A Multisensory Exploration of the Solar System'


'Mars has red rocks and a bright red sky,

the volcanoes reach my rocket they are so high

This planet is cold, at night, minus 80 degrees

If I stay here much longer, I'm going to freeze!'

'Journey into Space'

Table of Contents

Buckle Up!

Story Props Checklist

How to Tell a Multisensory Story

Journey Into Space A Multisensory Story

Developing Comprehension & Understanding

Story Map

Space Sounds (Listening Game)

How to Make a Space Themed Sensory Bag

How to Make a Space Themed Sensory Bin

Space Relaxation – A Guided Relaxation Space Adventure!

Create an Astronaut Role Play Area

Galaxy Art

The Space Lab

Space Design & Technology

May 8th

World Migratory Bird Day

Raise awareness for the conservation of birds and their habitats.

Explore a Variety of Different Shapes, Sizes and Colours of Feathers

Feed the Birds: Birds need to prepare for migration by eating food.

Bird Song Sound Bingo

  1. Print out a picture card with the pictures of migratory birds: Cuckoo, Dove, Goose, Flamingo, Heron, Hummingbird, Starling.

  2. Play the sound effect of the birdsong/call

  3. Can the student identify the bird that makes that sound?

  4. The students may not know all of the sounds, so this is a good exercise in listening to new sounds. You can repeat the activity later in the day (week) and see if the student(s) remember any new sounds they have learnt.

Simplify the Activity

Although not all of these birds are not migratory, this activity will teach sound discrimination.

Make a Bird Nesting Material Feeder

You will need

  • Wire Bird Feeder/Suet Cage

  • Materials for Nesting: Cotton Wool,cFeathers, Fluff, Grass Clippings, Dried Grasses, Hair, Leaves, Moss, Mud, Pine Needles, Plant Stems, Shredded Paper, Sticks, Straw, String*, Wool* and Yarn*. *Use only natural fibres (not plastic or acrylic.)


1. Ensure the nesting materials are broken/cut into small pieces/lengths as they are a potential choking hazard for birds.

2. Mix the materials.

3. Loosely push the nesting materials into the bird feeder (option to open the top to create a wider opening) Hand the feeder in a place safe from predators.

May 9th

Europe Day

A day to mark peace and unity throughout Europe.

Make a sensory flag of Europe

You will need

  • Rectangular shaped card

  • Blue Paint

  • Scissors

  • Sticky Gold Stars

  • Torch


  1. Paint the card using blue paint and brushes/fingers/rollers/sponges. Leave to dry.

  2. Stick the gold stars in a circle.

  3. Dim the lights.

  4. Shine the torch on the stars to see them reflect in the light.

Alternative Activity

You will need

  • Blue Material

  • Scissors

  • Torch

  1. Cut 12 stars out from the material

  2. Dim the lights

  3. Shine the torch through the back of the flag to illuminate the stars.

May 12th

Florence Nightingale's Birthday

Explore the contents of a first aid bag/box

This activity will raise awareness of the contents of a first aid box* and reduce the anxiety some student's may have around first aid.

*I have included extra items that may not be in your box

  • Sterile plasters of assorted sizes

  • Large and medium-sized sterile, individually wrapped, unmedicated wound dressings

  • Sterile eye pads

  • Triangular bandage

  • Disposable gloves

  • Foil Blanket

  • Sterile wound wipes

  • Finger dressing

  • Burns gel dressings

  • Adhesive tape to secure dressings

  • An updated first aid guidance leaflet.

Practice simple first aid.

Discuss how to raise the alarm in an emergency.

May 16th

Vesak Day/Buddha Day

Vesak is the celebration of the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

Mark the Day the Sensory Way

Meditate: Dim the lights in the room and close the blinds, switch on an LED candle or play footage of a candle burning on your interactive whiteboard.

People traditionally wear white clothes.

Explore white clothes or white fabrics

Provide a selection of white fabrics of different textures for the student to explore their likes, dislikes and sensory preferences: Acrylic, Aertex, Chenille, Corduroy, Cotton, Crepe, Crinoline, Fake Fur, Felt, Flannel, Fleece, Hessian, Jersey, Lace, Linen, Mesh, Net, Percale, Polyester, Polycotton, Satin, Silk, Terry, Velour, Velvet, Viscose, Wool.

Family & Friends decorate temples with flowers and exchange cards.

Make a Vesak Day Flower Card

You will need

  • A piece of card

  • Double sided tape

  • Flowers/Herbs/Leaves/Grass


  1. Cover one side of the card with double-sided sticky tape or a layer of PVA glue (if using PVA, leave until it is almost dry but tacky enough to stick flora and fauna on to)

  2. Take the learning outdoors

  3. Show the students the flowers and grasses that are safe to pick (dandelions and daisies)

  4. If you have a herb garden in your school/setting pick foliage: lemon balm, mint, rosemary, thyme. (If you do not have access to herbs then pick grass and leaves)

  5. Students pick the flowers/herbs/grasses then stick them onto their card as they find them

Hands Free Alternative

  1. Cut a wide band of card and secure into a bracelet

  2. Apply a thin layer of PVA glue or cover one side of the card with double-sided sticky tape

  3. Place the band on the student's wrist.

The student will have both hands free to explore, pick and place their items onto their band

National Smile Month

The aim is to make someone smile. This could be through a compliment, telling a joke or an act of kindness.

  • Explore Mirrors Exploring mirrors teaching an awareness of your own reflection and how we convey emotion. (Point out safety when using mirrors) Explore a range of different shaped, sized and colours of mirrors.

  • Pull funny faces

  • Model wearing hats, wigs, glasses and clothes so the student can change their look. Encourage the student to observe how their mouth changes shape as they talk.

  • Draw funny faces on balloons.

  • Smile:)

May 24th 1844

On this Day the First Morse Code Message was Sent

Dots and Dashes Artwork

Create artwork using different tools and materials to make dots and dashes

Dots: Bingo dabbers, cotton wool bud, fingerprints, paint brushes, pipettes, pom poms, sponges, stickers, vegetable printing, paint bubble wrap

Dashes: Chopsticks, cinammon sticks, dried spaghetti, feather quill, pipe cleaners, rollers, roll balls/toy cars through paint, ribbon, rubber bands, straws, string

Other ideas:

  • Spray paint through card templates/stencils

  • Colour through the hole in an old cd

  • Play dot-to-dot

May 28th


Whitsun is celebrated on the 50th day after Easter. It is a Christian celebration marking the coming of the Holy Spirit.

There are many traditional activities associated with Whitsun including fetes, fairs, pageants, parades, walks and Morris dancing.

Explore Morris Dancing

Watch footage of Morris Dancing

Can the students copy the movements to form a Morris Dance?

You will need

  • Handkerchiefs

  • Ankle & Wrist Bells

  • Jingle Bell Shakers

  • Ribbons

  • Garlands (weave ribbons through a hula hoop)

  • Straw Hats

Alternative Activity

Morris Dancer Sensory Box

  1. Layer a box with shredded paper.

  2. Place items related to Morris Dancing into the box: Handkerchiefs, Ankle & Wrist Bells, Jingle Bell Shakers, Ribbons and Garlands.

  3. Encourage the student to place their hand inside the box and choose and item to explore.

  4. Model the item's function. Can the student copy your actions? Model the language.

  5. To add a little interest, dim the lights and use a torch to explore the items. A wind-up Dynamo torch will promote fine motor skills, a head torch provides a 'hands free' option.


Design a book cover for my new release 'Water - A Multisensory Exploration'

How to Enter

Using any medium, produce a piece of artwork with the topic of 'Water'

I would love to see your water themed artwork and any water themed activities your child/ student(s), class would like to showcase. This is a wide topic and can cover anything from the seas, oceans, rivers, the weather, climate, water sensory based activities...anything with a water theme.

A4 Portrait only please. You do not need to write the title on the artwork, please do not write any names of the students on the artwork.

email your artwork to

Please include in your email the first name of the artist, the name of the school and a contact name. (Home-schooled students welcome)

Competition Rules: 1. There is no age limit. 2. You may submit as many entries as you like. 3. The closing date is midnight 1st June 2023 4. Your data will be protected according to law and will not be shared with any other parties. All emails and their contents (including the artwork) will be deleted after the winner is drawn on 1st June 2023 5. The winner will have their artwork featured on the new release 'Water - A Multisensory Story' and receive a prize! 6. There will be 20-runner up prizes who will win a multisensory story of their choice. The stories are in the format of a digital download and can be printed out and shared throughout your school/setting in multiple classrooms.

Good Luck!

Other News

I was delighted to have been invited to contribute to the PMLD Link Spring edition.

This month's edition focuses on care and has contributions from parents, practitioners and researchers looking at everything from day-to-day care activities such as bathing, medication, dressing, toileting to meal preparation and feeding that are vital to sustaining a consistently good quality of life for people with PMLD.

Visit the website for more information.

Congratulations to the fabulous Dr Sarah Moseley on the launch of her new book Teaching Reading to All Learners Including Those with Complex Needs - A Framework for Progression within an Inclusive Reading Curriculum

Teaching Reading to All Learners Including Those with Complex Needs is essential reading for both new and experienced teachers and special educational needs and disabilities coordinators (SENDCo)s looking to develop an inclusive reading curriculum and culture which will positively impact on the outcomes of all young people.

Thank you Sarah for inviting me to contribute a case study to the book of 'The Queen's Jubilee' from my visit to the amazing Hebden Green School in Winsford, Cheshire.

Congratulations to the amazing Joanna Grace for the continued success of her latest book 'Sensory Stories to Support Additional Needs: Making Narratives Accessible Through the Senses'

It was very exciting to be invited as a Guest Author to share my story 'The Haircut'

This updated edition is packed with original ready-to-use sensory stories, additional guest sensory stories by authors from around the world and your very own story template to create a sensory experience personalised for each person. With exclusive 'how to' video content and digital lesson plans, this book is the essential tool for introducing the transformative multi-sensory storytelling method into your home, classroom or group setting.

Using everyday items and step-by-step instructions to make incorporating sensory stories accessible and simple, it has never been easier to create inclusive and fun sensory experiences to enhance the lives of those with additional needs.

Rhyming Multisensory Stories Catalogue

Stories are priced at £3.98 each

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or buy direct for £3.50 email:

Full List of Titles

The Seasons Collection





The Weather (free resource)


Dear Santa (free resource)

Dear Santa Adapting into a Play (free resource)

Culture & Celebrations Collection

A Train Ride Through India

Burns Night

Chinese New Year



St Patricks Day


The King's Coronation

The Queen's Jubilee

The Romans

Life Skills

Jobs and Work Experience


Shapes - A Multisensory Exploration (includes 130 shape themed, sensory activities)


Listen - An A-Z of Sensory Inspiration to Stimulate the Auditory System


The Dentist (free resource)

Washing Hands (free resource)


Journey into Space



The Beach

The Farm

The Rainforest

Traditional Tales Collection

The Gingerbread Man


Jack & the Beanstalk

Little Red Riding Hood

The Three Little Pigs

Visit the Story Library for your FREE resources

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Subscribe to the Members Library for unlimited access to all resources to view online/download and or print out, bonus content PLUS free access to mini training workshops (held via Zoom)

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'An Introduction to Multisensory Storytelling'

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How is the Training Delivered?

The training is delivered as a friendly and informal session via Zoom.

How Much Does the Course Cost?

1-1 Training Session £45

Whole School/Setting INSET £250

For smaller group bookings please enquire for a price

Course Length

1hour 30 mins plus Q & A.

Will I Receive any Course Notes?

Yes. Course summary notes will be sent as a word document.

Are There Any Other Free Resources Included?


You will receive a free digital download of 'Listen - An A-Z of Sensory Ideas to Stimulate the Auditory System'

This comprehensive guide explores fun and engaging sensory ways of stimulating the sense of hearing. The A-Z of sounds is divided into the following categories: Animals, Transport, Musical Instruments & Home. It also includes fun, motivating sensory themed extension activities. This resource is suitable for working with curious pre-schoolers to teenagers with complex needs.

You will also receive a free digital download of the focus story.

How Do I Book?

email or send a message via the chat feature on the website or through social media

How Do I Pay?

Payment is accepted through BACS or Cheque.

I am a School/Company/Setting, can you send an Invoice?

Yes. Rhyming Multisensory Stories is fully registered with HMRC and can invoice.

Will I Receive a Certificate?

Yes. You will receive a digital certificate of completion

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The Health & Safety Bit!

Please Read Before Engaging in any of the Activities

Health & Safety Advice & Disclaimer

  • The author has used their best efforts in preparing the information on this website and makes no representation or warranties with respect to the accuracy, applicability, fitness or completeness to the contents.

  • The information is for pleasure purposes only.

  • If information in this blog are ideas for activities. If you are unsure, please ask for advice.

  • ​The activities are designed to be led and supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

​​A Note on Allergies/Intolerances

  • ​If you have any doubts regarding any activity or prop used, then seek advice before starting.​

  • ​Be aware of potential choking hazards.

  • Check the ingredients in any items you may be using for any potential food or skin allergies or respiratory reactions. If you see any signs of redness, swelling or other symptoms of a suspected reaction seek immediate medical advice.

  • The interactions should be led by the sensory explorer who should be allowed to participate without expectation.

  • ​Never force stimuli and stop the activity if the story explorer shows signs that they are not enjoying the session.

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