Make a calming flower bath

This soothing project can start with a gentle walk in an outdoor space to collect blossoms and petals. Then, add these to a dish of water to make a floating flower bath, which can also be modified with additional scents to make it more sensory.

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. 

Who is this for?

This is a crafting activity for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities.

Why does this make a difference?

This is a soothing, sensory activity that helps people learn by engaging with nature and using their senses to connect with their surroundings, exploring touch and different textures while supporting independent choice. 

How to do this activity

What you’ll need

  • A tub or large bowl filled with water
  • A selection of flowers, petals and leaves.

Step 1

Cutting the top off a red flower

Collect petals, leaves and flower buds on a walk, or if that’s not practical, some pre-cut flowers that are slightly past their best.

Step 2

Cut some of the larger petals into smaller pieces to give more variety in size and shape.

Step 3

Two hands arranging the flowers in a tub of water

Fill your bowl with water and start placing your flowers and leaves on the surface. You could try making a symmetrical pattern, like a mandala, or have fun making random shapes.

Step 4

Colourful flowers floating on water in a tub of water

Take your time, enjoying the soothing activity, and exploring the many combinations of textures and sensory feelings by rearranging the patterns.

Top tips

  • Try adding a few drops of essential oils to the water to increase the sensory aspect of smell, especially if the flowers are not scented.