How to make a sensory story
Step by Step Guide
Choose your story
Choose your story: perhaps your child’s favourite story or a popular children’s book.
Simplify it to 8—10 sentences
Simplify the story into 8-10 sentences. It’s ok if you do not say the exact words of the story. Keep the sentences short and simple – stories don’t have to be too long.
Choose an object or action that represents each sentence
For each sentence choose an object that represents an important element of that sentence. Think about all the senses when you choose an object – touch, taste, smell, sight and sound. Actions are great too! Give a hug, tickle, high-five or clap. If you use the same object or action for another sentence that’s just fine! Look around your home or classroom for objects – a pencil can be a wand and a blanket can be a dark cave.
Practice actions to perform with each object
Use the template below as an aid and practice! Review your ten sentences and experiment with the objects and with your voice. You can whisper, shout, even make up character voices. Placing the items in a bag and revealing them sentence by sentence creates suspense and excitement. Keep telling the story. Your child will learn the actions and words, and will join in with the storytelling.