Sensory Poems

Sensory poems are an excellent way to encourage children to experiment with using words to describe their senses, and in doing so bring their writing to life for others. Even the youngest children can have a go. A big advantage of sensory poems is that tend to come out very well, so they are good for boosting confidence!

Start by picking a season, holiday or event. Then brainstorm with the children what you might see, taste, smell, hear, feel. In a classroom setting, students might call out words and phrases to be written up on the board, or they can use one of our printables to capture their ideas.

Sensory Poem Formats

There are a number of ways that you can tackle writing a sensory poem. Generally, sensory poems do not rhyme.

1. First person sensory poem

Children think about what they themselves experience - using I see, I smell, I hear, I taste, I touch, I feel - and simply write it out. For example,

In Summer...
I see colourful umbrellas on the beach
I smell sun lotion and salt
I hear children giggling in the waves
I taste an ice-cream cone - yum!
I touch soft, hot sand
I feel warm and happy
I love summer!

Click here for a printable / whiteboard version of this poem.

2. Seven line sensory poem

This is similar, but it isn't written from the first person's point of view. Children can use our sensory poem brainstorm worksheet below to plan it.

Subject
Something you see
Something you smell
Something you hear
Something you taste
Something you touch
Repeat subject

Here's an example:

Halloween
Children in costumes everywhere
Chilly October air
Trick or treat!
Chocolate on my lips
Holding my brother's hand tight
Halloween

Click here for a printable / whiteboard version of this poem.

3. Sensory poems with similes

These are the hardest to write, so you might want to try these with older children. By using similies the poems really come to life.

Winter looks like fairy cobwebs, whiter than white
Winter smells like ice cubes in an empty glass
Winter sounds like ear muffs and cotton wool
Winter tastes like snowflakes on my tongue
Winter feels like a shiver down my spine

Our Sensory Poem Printables

All Seasons Sensory Poems Similes

All Seasons Sensory Poems Similes

These sensory poem worksheets are perfect for children to begin writing poetry on their own, and we've covered all the seasons. The children need to write what they can see, hear, smell, touch and taste using similies to create a descriptive poem for each season.

Christmas Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

Christmas Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

Capture all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Christmas with the help of this sensory poem planning sheet. Once the kids have brainstormed, they can write out their sensory poem in neat.

Day of the Dead Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

Day of the Dead Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

The Day of the Dead celebrations are full of exciting sights, sounds, smells and tastes - and if the kid can capture them on this sheet they will be well on their way to writing an interest sensory poem.

Diwali Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

Diwali Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

Children can use this sensory poem planning sheet to capture the excitement of Diwali celebrations, ready to write out their poem in neat.

Halloween Sensory Poem Seven Lines

Halloween Sensory Poem

The kids will love this seven line Halloween sensory poem! Perfect if you're teaching the children how to write poetry.

Halloween Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

Halloween Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

There are so many interesting and exciting noises, smells, sights, textures and feelings to capture at Halloween! This printable will provide a guide for children to get started on a Halloween sensory poem.

Hanukkah Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

Hanukkah Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

This sensory planning sheet is designed to help children think about Hanukkah with all their senses, ready to write a really dimensional sensory poem for the celebration.

Kwanzaa Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

Kwanzaa Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

What are the sounds, sights, smells, textures and feelings of Kwanzaa? This sensory poem planning sheet will get kids thinking about the celebration with all their senses, helping them to write a really interesting sensory poem.

New Year Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

New Year Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

At New Year there is such a feeling of excitement in the air as everyone makes their plans for the year ahead! Can the kids capture their feelings and senses with the help of this printable sensory poem planning sheet?

Remembrance Day Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

Remembrance Day Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

Use this printable to help children write a sensory poem about Remembrance Day. They could try to capture their memories of a Remembrance Day service or parade - or perhaps imagine they are World War 1 or World War II survivor and write the poem through another person's eyes.

Summer Sensory Poem

Summer Sensory Poem

Print out this fun summer sensory poem and discuss it with the kids to help them plan their own poetry. It's written from the author's point of view (first person) and describes what the author is seeing, smelling, feeling, tasting and hearing!

Thanksgiving Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

Thanksgiving Sensory Poem Planning Sheet

Well, I know that smells are a very important part of Thanksgiving - whether it is turkey roasting in the oven or pumpkin pie! What other senses can the kids capture for a sensory poem?

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