Plan a simple sensory season about one of the four seasons with the help of these planning sheets. There are 5 in the pack - Spring, Summer, Autumn, Fall and Winter.
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,
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.
Something you see
Something you smell
Something you hear
Something you taste
Something you touch
Here's an example:
Children in costumes everywhere
Chilly October air
Trick or treat!
Chocolate on my lips
Holding my brother's hand tight
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
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.
Use this printable as the starter for a sensory poem based on Bonfire Night smells, sounds, sights and so on.
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.
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.
Children can use this sensory poem planning sheet to capture the excitement of Diwali celebrations, ready to write out their poem in neat.
What do our senses experience on Earth Day? This Earth Day sensory poem planning sheet can be used by individuals who want some inspiration, or for a class brainstorming session.
I think we all know one of the most popular tastes at Easter - chocolate of course! What other senses can the kids describe for an Easter sensory poem?
The kids will love this seven line Halloween sensory poem! Perfect if you're teaching the children how to write poetry.
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.
Halloween is the perfect time of year to inspire the kids to write some poetry, and our Halloween Sensory Poem Similes worksheets are a great way to get them started.
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.
The festival of colours, Holi, is the most vibrant of all Hindu festivals, so it's the perfect topic for a sensory poem. Use this planning sheet to start you off...
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.
Mums love to receive handwritten poetry, but it's not always easy to write a poem! This guided planning sheet should help even reluctant poets to write a sensory poem about Mother's Day...
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?
Use this poem planning sheet as the starter for a sensory poem based on Nowruz, a holiday and celebration that dates back thousands of years!
This Passover sensory poem is written from the author's point of view and describes what the author is seeing, smelling, feeling, tasting and hearing during Passover. A great way to inspire some poetry writing!
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.
Use this poetry planning sheet to get the kids writing a St George's Day sensory poem. What might they see, smell, hear, taste, touch or feel on St George's Day?
You might see a lot of people wearing green for St. Patrick's Day celebrations! What other sensory experiences can the kids write about for a St Patrick's Day 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!
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?
Vaisakhi is often celebrated with a lot of singing, but what else would your senses experience during the festival? Use this sensory poem planning sheet as a guide to help you write a Vaisakhi poem.