Sensory-rich activities: connecting people with the outdoors

Nature poetry

 

Making nature poetry at a memory cafe

Being outdoors is undoubtedly the most direct (and we would argue most effective) way to connect with nature, providing natural, sensory spaces for social interaction.  But there are numerous occasions when it's too wet, too cold or just too difficult to be outside.

This popular activity is designed to engage groups in creative writing and poetry based on their experiences at an outdoor venue. It aims to make poetry accessible and fun, helping participants express their thoughts, feelings and memories of a visit. We originally developed the kit to use on a visit to a farm, but it can be easily adapted to any kind of setting. Groups work together to create their very own poetry in this fun engaging activity.

There are a variety of different ways to play the poetry dice game which means it is suitable for a wide range of participants. We have provided a collection of words that take a sensory-rich approach to poetry. The activity makes poetry accessible and fun, helping participants express their thoughts, feelings and memories without feeling the pressure of creating poetry from scratch. By using sensory rich words such as slimy, soft and spiky the poet can create a rich memory or story of an outdoor experience that really comes alive.

Bugs are really important in nature to control pests, pollinate flowers and keep our gardens and parks looking healthy. Why not give our little friends a helping hand by making them a hotel, a really interesting and appealing place to stay and be happy. Making a bi

Download the Poetry dice kit guide (pdf 831kb). This also includes a template for making your own dice.

a memory cafe group enjoy playing the poetry game

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