October Teaching Calendar

Updated: Dec 16, 2021

We have officially bid farewell to summer.

The nights are drawing in.

It's time to dig out our chunky jumpers and enjoy eating hearty soups and casseroles!

Here are some sensory ideas and inspiration to celebrate the month of October.

October 4th-10th

World Space Week

Activity Ideas

Play a space-themed listening game with themed sounds for the students to explore: Space shuttle launch, cargo door closing, engines roaring, mission control countdown, radio waves, windstorm, bleep, drone, matrix.

Prepare to blast-off with this multisensory exploration of the solar system

Journey into Space

Oct 10th

World Porridge Day

Raise awareness for hungry children in developing countries.

Activity Ideas:

Role Play

Open a ‘Porridge café'.

  • Set tables.

  • Assign roles, waiter/ess, cashier, customer, chef, manager/ess

  • Offer a choice of toppings: Banana, Blueberries, Chocolate Chips, Cinnamon, Honey, Maple Syrup, Nutmeg, Raisins, Raspberries

Join Goldilocks on her adventures with this multisensory story

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

October 7th

Ring the Bells!

There is a church in Hampshire called 'Twyford Church', and every year on October 7th they ring their bells.

This tradition originates from the story of a traveller who was lost in the fog and was able to find his way home by following the sound of the bells!


  • Dim the lights.

  • Re-create fog by lighting a joss stick or by lightly draping lace/garden fleece in front of the student's face.

  • Ring your bells! (ankle bells, bicycles bells, chimes, cowbell, finger cymbals, hand bells, jingle stick, sleigh bells)

October 10th

World Mental Health Day

Start the day with a ‘feelings’ check-in.

How is everyone feeling today?

Some students might find it hard to express their feelings verbally, so offer the use of an 'emotions board' or 'emotion cards' so students can point to or choose a card to indicate whether they feel happy, sad, anxious, tired, bored or excited.

October 14th

The Battle of Hastings

Dig out the sticky tape, aluminium foil and cardboard boxes and make shields to mark the day!

October 16th

World Food Day

Explore food tasting.

  • Present a wide range of different tastes and textures for the individual to explore at their own pace.

  • Initial explorations could be through touch and smell, the next step to present a tiny touch to the lips progressing onto a morsel or a drop in the mouth, an egg spoon building up to a full bite.

  • Play blindfold tasting games.

  • Explore aromatic, bitter, bland, buttery, caramel, carbonated, chalky, charcoal, charred, cheesy, chewy, chocolatey, cinnamon, citrus, citrusy, clove-like, coarse, creamy, crispy, crumbly, crunchy, delicate, earthy, effervescent, eggy, fibrous, fiery, fishy, fizzy, flaky, floral, floury, foamy, fresh, frosty, fruity, garlicky, gingery, grainy, granular, grapey, gritty, herbal ,honeyed, icy, juicy, lemony, light, limey, malty, metallic, milky, minty, moist, mushy, musty, oily, oniony, peppery, pickled, plummy, powdery, pungent, quenching, refreshing, ,rich, ripe, rubbery, salty, sandy, savoury, seasoned, sharp, slimy, smoky, smooth, soggy, sour, sparkling, spiced, spicy, spongy, squidgy, squishy, starchy, sweet, syrup, tangy, tart, tender, toasty, toothsome, vanilla, velvety, vinegary, zesty, zingy

17th October

UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

  • Make a poster to highlight the role of a foodbank.

  • Donate items to a foodbank.

31st October


Join our witch on this spooky Halloween night as she concocts a grisly potion!

Halloween - A Multisensory Adventure!

Table of Contents


How to Tell a Multisensory Story

The Benefits of Multisensory Storytelling

Story Props Checklist

Halloween Full Poem

Halloween Fully Resourced, Step-by-Step Multisensory Exploration

Slime Recipe


Barm Brack Bread

Dracula's Castle


Spooky Den

All Souls Day

Frozen Monsters

8 Ideas with Leftover Pumpkins

Halloween Guided Adventure

Halloween Ideas & Inspiration

23rd Oct – 27th Oct

Rugby League World Cup 2021

  • Watch footage of a rugby match.

  • Play a game of rugby.

  • Pass or roll a rugby ball between students.

  • Explore oval shapes: balloons, eggs, grapes, lemons, melons, pears, musical shakers

  • Explore different shaped balls, basketball, football, rugby ball, softball, tennis ball

Other October Activities

Sensory Autumn walk.

  • Find five things to look at

  • Four items to touch

  • Three sounds

  • Two items to smell

  • One item to taste (take an item of autumn fruit with you (apples, blackberries) or some toast, hot chocolate or marshmallows.

  • Look for leaves, logs, acorns, bark, chestnuts, animal tracks.

Make pumpkin soup.

Collect leaves, sort, categorise by shape and colour then create an Autumn leaf collage picture.

Make an Autumn sensory bin.

Enjoy an autumn story.

For more sensory ideas and inspiration visit the website

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

Health & Safety Advice & Disclaimer

Please Read Before Engaging in any of the Activities

  • ​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 you wish to apply any ideas and activities contained in this blog, on the website or in any of the multisensory stories or resources, you are wholly responsible and take full responsibility for your actions.

  • ​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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