Theme Two: The Senses

We have five senses - sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Our senses are associated with the way we explore, interpret and experience the world around us. 

The Senses

During the coronavirus pandemic all of our senses have been affected – not because our senses themselves have changed, but because the environment in which we sense has been altered.

So using one of the greatest poets of the English language, W.B. Yeats, phrase “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper” this fortnight we shall explore our current world by engaging all five senses.

As ever, we want to encourage everyone to share with us any resources or activities that you have found helpful and suggestions or ideas about what might be helpful to you and your family at this time. Please send your ideas and suggestions to Fiona Clark on fionaclark@stoswaldsuk.org and Carole Taylor on caroletaylor@stoswaldsuk.org

Thank you and we hope you find some enjoyment and support from these resources.

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Senses resources

Five senses quiz

Do you know which taste cannot be detected by the tip of your tongue? You can put your knowledge to the test with our senses quiz.

Download five senses quiz

Grounding techniques

Grounding techniques is a practice that can help you pull away from unwanted thoughts and negative or challenging emotions.

Download grounding techniques

Senses quotes

We have put together a selection of inspirational quotes to provide you with a daily ‘pick me up’, helping you to feel positive and optimistic.

Download senses quotes

Writing activities

Writing from our senses

Being able to describe effectively is a key skill that we should all try to develop. These practical exercises can help to develop those writing skills.

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Writing from our smells

Using all of our senses is a great way to make our writing come alive. Our sense of smell in particular has an amazing way of triggering vivid memories.

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Writing from our objects

Writing from objects is a useful technique by helping direct the attention away from ourselves, yet still allows us to express personal emotions and memories.

Watch how to write from objects

Poetry activities

Engaging the senses - You have 5 senses – sight, smell, sound, taste and touch. Your senses work together to let your brain know what is going on around you.

Nature's Way by Heidi CampbellIn this poem, the poet describes the relaxation in the company of nature on a day in the Spring.

Download engaging the senses Download Nature's Way

Using our senses for mindful eating

Whenever we sit down to eat, we are not always ‘present’ in the process of eating. We could ask ourselves is there something on our mind distracting us from our meal, did we appreciate the efforts.

Our Dietitian, Nola Lynch has put together this piece on how to plan a meal which can excite all senses!

Download mindful eating

Relaxation techniques

We have put together a range of relaxation techniques to try and help you relax and unwind.

Learning to relax your bodies, can help reduce physical tension and make you feel less stressed.

Download relaxation techniques

Songs around senses

We hope you enjoy this week’s selection of songs around the theme of the senses. You may find that some of the videos might take you back in time!

If you have any more suggestions, please let us know.

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