Sensory Curriculum Ideas – Journey to the Shop

This activity helps children who are blind or visually impaired to develop sensory skills through a trip to visit different kinds of stores and shops.

Here I share another sensory curriculum session plan full of ideas to support the theme of: Walking to the Shop






coats and hats

Dressing for different weathers to walk to the shop:

  • Rainy day – cagoule and wellingtons, umbrella – splashing in puddles, simulate sound of rain with watering can on tin tray
  • Sunny day – sun glasses, sun hat, t-shirt, shorts, sandals.
  • Snowy day – woolly hat, scarves and gloves, wellingtons.
  • Windy day – as above


Take a walk and shuffle through dried leaves, listen to scrunch of leaves.

Fan/parachute to create wind



  • Create collage with dried leaves, children to make rubbings of bark or leave, (draw round in black pen, or make into tactile format using Zychem machine.)
  • Make a textured path, each child to add a textured paving stone cut out in coloured cardboard and decorated
  • Variation: Make a textured wall, cut out bricks in different cardboard, materials and textures. Put the childrens’ names on each of the bricks. 


Soundman riding a bike in traffic

  • Listen to the sounds during the walk and make a box with sounds that are the same or similiar.
  • Bicycle bell, car horn, engine sound, screeching of breaks, sound of footsteps on grass, pavement, pebbles, noise of people talking.
  • Use musical instruments for bell, horn, sound of footsteps.
  • Sound made by pelican crossing.



  • fishmongers shopTaste some of the items sold in the shops as you pass them by – bread, cakes from baker, fish and chips, etc
  • Stop for an ice cream on a sunny day and hot pies on a cold day!



green grocers

    • Smell the shops as they are passed, bakers, fish shop, fish and chip shop, vegetable shop, Indian take away, flower shop.
    • Smell the flowers – feel rose petals, shower child with rose petal, tissue paper to replicate rose petals or flower petals. 



    Literacy and Numeracy


    picture of shops

    • Make a journey line of the key places (use objects of reference) to depict the journey the child makes
    • Count lamp posts, benches, pelican crossings, number of times a car horn is sounded
    • Write a story about the journey to the shop
    • Purchase items at the shop – money, capacity of bag for product bought, weight of bag, Feel shapes of items in shop. Sort items by size, shape.
    • Social skills, body language, smiling, looking towards the shopkeeper, saying hello and goodbye, please and thank you to the shop keeper.


    Journey to the shop collage

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