Sensory nature walks

The next time you go on a nature walk, why not see how many of the different senses you can highlight and explore with these fun, sensory activities?

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

A hand brushing some foliage

Who is this for?

This is a sports activity for people or groups of people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities, and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This activity supports getting active, helping build confidence and independence, and learn by engaging with nature, helping people use their senses to connect with their surroundings.

How to set up

  • Go for a nature walk, spend time in the garden, or explore another outdoor space.

Playing the game

While out on a walk, use some of the following questions to help you explore the senses. Why not see how many you can tick off in a single session, like bingo?

  • How many different coloured flowers can you see? Are the colours bright or dark? Are there different shades of the same colour?
  • Notice the trees and their different coloured leaves – are there any signs of them changing colour with the seasons? Are they swaying in the wind?
  • What sound do your footsteps or wheels make when you’re moving around? Does this change on different surfaces? Try noticing the difference between natural and man-made sounds
  • Try stepping on crunchy leaves and twigs on the ground
  • Follow your nose and notice the different aromas around you – can you tell where they’re coming from? Try to notice as many natural aromas as you can, such as wild garlic or fresh rain
  • If you’re confident in identifying safe berries to eat, you could try to find some, like blackberries. What do they taste like? What kind of texture do they have? Does it feel smooth or hard? Sweet or savoury?
  • Notice the feel of different surfaces underneath your feet or wheelchair. How does it feel? Is it hard or springy? Try crunching a leaf in your hand, notice its crispy, crunchy texture. Can you feel the vibration of twigs snapping?

Other ways to play

Use these questions as prompts

  • I can see…
  • I can hear…
  • I can smell…
  • I can feel…
  • I can taste…

Or focus on one of the following

  • Tall grass
  • Rolling hills or meadows
  • Leaves in the air
  • Blooming flowers
  • Wild insects
  • Blades of grass or leaves
  • Tree bark
  • Flower petals
  • Crunchy leaves
  • Snapping twigs