Seasonal activities can be closely linked with weather (see Weather Activities), but may also draw from specific events, like Bonfire Night, holidays in other geographical locations;  orange picking in Spain, or trekking in Tibet. Characters from other countries could show how their seasons differ from our own. The examples below give ideas on ways of approaching the different seasons.  

SPRING is a time of new growth and rebirth, so along with wind and rain you could explore these ideas


Nesting Time - set the scene with bare trees growing buds around the space, spring flowers to see, touch and smell. Build the nest, gather twigs and sticks and play rhythms with wood instruments. Add feathers, feather boas, feather masks, feather dusters. Build the soundscape with bird calls, vocals, whistles, flutes and ocarinas. Use egg shakers to add gentle rhythm and bird seed to explore textures and sounds. Introduce a bird puppet with whom to interact.  

MAY DAY - use spring flowers and petals, a maypole and a throne. Cherry and lilac tree branches around the space will give colour, scent and texture. 
Baskets of pink and white petals will mean everyone can access the blossom. Use mobile mirrors and face-paints to create floral pictures of your own
A maypole with ribbons running down to a hoop allows the maypole to retain its shape. This can then be enjoyed from within as well.
Adorn a throne for celebrating the newly crowned May king/queen. This can be followed by feasting, music and dance   

SUMMERwhen hopefully the weather is warm enough to enjoy a variety of activities, as well as the popular trips to the beach - whether stoney or sandy, both have multisensory opportunities for play


Summer Fair -  a chance to meet farm animals, enjoy a variety of stalls that might include; best cake stall, home remedies, hoopla. Also gives opportunities for music and dancing. 

SUMMER OLYMPICS - Provide a wide variety of balls to give maximum tactile experiences - small, soft, coloured balls, large squashy, sit-on bouncy balls too. 
Encourage partner games with carpet tubes for rolling, bats, and containers for catching. String badminton nets across space, perhaps include low basketball nets too
Non-competetive racing is good fun, especially when a projection is used to inspire participants. Be prepared with winning medals for all
Swimming, use blue organza lengths to represent water and encourage 'swimming' through and underneath them


AUTUMN  is a lovely time of year, colours are red/orange/gold and smells are early morning mists, roasting chestnuts and bonfires. Link these with the many festivals that occur at this time of year i.e. Bonfire Night and this will give many ideas for creative activities in autumn. Gathering the harvest is always a good place to start; wheat from the fields, swathes of lavender, cider apples.

Autumn – gather large quantities of fallen autumn leaves, they are free and provide a wonderful multisensory resource to explore. 
Smell the leaves, hear the unique sound when walked or wheeled through, see them flutter like petals when thrown, or use them for burying/hiding objects/people.
Conkers and chestnuts, feel smooth and shiny, can be dropped on wooden instruments, rolled in containers  and are great for creating patterns on the floor.
Woodland animals are also gathering at this time of year. It is fun to use puppets to enhance the theme, starting timidly, then becoming more playful. 


WINTER - associated with cold weather, ice, snow, cold wind. When searching for winter ideas other than just weather, you could perhaps look at;  Countries where wintry conditions prevail - how people dress to keep warm, where they live, what they eat, how they travel, how they spend their leisure time, which animals might you find there.  

Explore the story of a character who lives where it's always winter! Whether they be real or imaginary, this should provide a wealth of ideas on how to create the multisensory environment and what activities might take place there.  

Seasons pdf