PMLD and Complex Needs


Sensory Stories

We like to tell stories to each other. They can be about what has happened to us. They can be a way of sharing our culture and heritage. They can be a way of getting a message across. We enjoy sharing stories with other people. Sensory stories are a way telling a story to people who do not have good language skills. They use a range of different sensory experiences e.g. vision, smell, taste, touch and sound in a structured way so that the story is a multi-sensory experience. They enable the person to build up anticipation of what might happen next but also by following a set text can be reassuring. There are a wide range of different stories available. 

Websites for sensory story examples and ideas

Massage stories are also a brilliant way to develop and extend good communication pathways. 

Here are some links that you may find useful.

Complex Needs


Matching Socks Activity
Colour Mats
Sorting Cards
Balloon Themed 1 to 20 Number and Quantity Matching Cards
Fish Bowl Colour Matching Activity


Sensory bottle Activity
Clink Clank Sound Sensory Bottle
Ding Dong Sound Sensory Bottle
Rustle, Rustle Sound Sensory Bottle
Thud Thud Sensory Bottle

Independence Skills- Cooking

What are we learning? 

We are focusing on spreading skill and learning to make toasts and sandwiches, as independently as possible. We are learning to recognise a range of cooking ingredients and equipment and know how to use them safely. 

Activities to do at home:

  • Help to prepare every meal – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Make own drinks
  • Use the recipe sheets attached to prepare meals that we have been making in school
  • Ask someone at home to challenge you to recognise and find kitchen equipment – chopping board, knife, toaster
  • Ask someone at home to challenge you to find ingredients needed for what you are cooking – bread, butter, jam
  • Wash up
  • Dry the dishes
  • Put the dishes away in the cupboards

How to Make Toast
How to Make Jam Toast Recipe Widget
How to Make Banana Toast Recipe Widget

M Group Stories

Elmer – I am Unique
Elmer Sensory Encounter
Colourful Elephant Stick Puppets
Baby Elephant Colouring Pages
Elmer Painted Elephant Biscuits Recipe Sheet

Dr Seuss Green Eggs and Ham – I Like
Green Eggs and Ham Colouring 1
Green Eggs and Ham Colouring 2
Green Eggs and Ham Colouring 3
Green Eggs and Ham Colouring 4
Green Eggs and Ham Colouring 5
Green Eggs and Ham Colouring 6

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The very Hungry Caterpillar Sensory Story
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Colouring Sheet 1
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Colouring Sheet 2
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Colouring Sheet 3
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Colouring Sheet 4

Sensory Playdough Recipes
Caterpillar Crunch Playdough Recipe
Edible Chocolate Playdough Recipe
Oranges and Lemons Playdough Recipe
Porridge Oats Playdough Recipe
Soft and Silky Playdough Recipe
Textured Aromatherapy Playdough Recipe

Sensory Ideas
Sensory Recipes
Colour Explosion Sensory Bottle
Feed a Frog Sensory Bag
Hot Chocolate Cloud Dough Recipe
Rainbow Noodles Edible Sensory Recipe
Sensory Brain Break Activity Cards
Silly Putty Edible Sensory Recipe

Treasure Hunt
Spring Recycling

Where the Wild Things are
Emotions Face