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What is Sensory Nature Adventures and Play?

SNAP is a Sensory Trust project working with children with disabilities and their families to create sensory, nature-based adventures such as stories, games and creative activities. These will be designed to help children with disabilities to build confidence and improve communication and social skills in their quest to explore the outdoor world. We will be encouraging families to play and explore together in a series of organised activity days as well as using our resources at home.

How to get involved

Register your interest in our free family activities in Devon and Cornwall

Nominate your local community centre or group to receive some free resources

Visit our resource library for activities to do at home

Take part in our short survey about how you and your family use outdoor spaces

Highlights from our project so far

Dinosaurs at Eden

Outdoors at the Eden Project

Collaboration with Eden Project delivering special relaxed style sessions of their big summer event Dinosaur Uprising. Read more...

Little Harbour hospice

children taking part in outdoor activities at Little Harbour

Two events testing and developing new sensory outdoor activities with children and their siblings. Read more...

Wheal Martyn

playing gofindit at Wheal Martyn

Nature based activities with a group from Sense exploring the grounds of Wheal Martyn Read more...

Resource Library

Painting with nature brushes

A library of nature based activity ideas that you can do from home, make butterfly feeders, create a bug hotel or print off nature spotting postcards Read more...


























The Sensory Trust is currently conducting a piece of research and we would love you to be part of it!

We are asking families to share their experience of the outdoors with us. We are looking at what makes a good outdoor experience and if there are any barriers that prevent families getting out. We would appreciate you taking the time to answers these questions and letting us know your thoughts. The information we gather will be used in the project to help us create resources, advise outdoor settings and provide outdoor experiences for families.

Complete the short survey

If you would prefer a printed booklet, please contact the Sensory Trust on 01726 222900 and ask for Lynsey.

The research we are undertaking can help to make a real difference for families to access the wonderful outdoors, please help us to make your thoughts known! We really appreciate your time.

Update: We have been thrilled with the responses we have received back from participants of our survey and are so grateful for all the families that have taken time out to complete it. As we begin to sort through the data we are building up a strong picture of how families interact with their outdoor spaces and the kind of barriers that stop people getting outside. If you haven't already, please click on the link above to take part, it should only take you a few minutes and it will help us build up a valuable picture of life in the UK for families of children with disabilities.

Thank you!


If you would like to find out more information about Sensory nature adventures and play please contact Lynsey or Claire on 01726 222900 alternatively you can email - or


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Useful information books we love, practical guidance and useful advice

Sensory Nature Hubs our work with Special Schools

Our experience in inclusive play

Sensory engagement - projects, ideas and examples of how to connect with nature through the senses

Meet our advisory panel

Philip Waters

Philip Waters is Creative Director of ‘I Love Nature’, a training, activity and consultancy company in Cornwall. He has an interest in children’s fiction and a career of over 22 years working in various children’s environments, his work brings together play, narrative and nature. He is a keen writer, filmmaker and story-maker, and is bringing these elements together in his current doctoral research at ECEHH.

Becky Lyddon founded Sensory Spectacle in 2014. Originally from the field of Graphic Design, she was captivated by the autistic sensory world whilst working in a centre in West London that supports children and young people with complex health needs and disabilities. Sensory Spectacle creates experiential installations to help educate about SPD. Becky designs and builds environments to help society experience for themselves how SPD can impact their daily lives.

Lee Trunks is Head of WellChild Helping Hands programme. Helping Hands undertakes one off garden and bedroom makeover projects for families raising children and young people with substantial health and care needs.  Most of the programme’s work focuses on transforming a family’s garden, and recognises the major benefits that are gained through having an outdoor space dedicated to a child’s specific needs, whether for access, safety or sensory stimulation.

Jo Grace

Joanna Grace is an international sensory engagement and inclusion consultant and Founder of the Sensory Projects. She is well known for creating inclusive, affordable sensory stories and has published a book about the stories. Jo believes that with the right knowledge and a little creativity inexpensive sensory resources can become effective tools for inclusion. She works with settings across the globe providing training and developing resources such as sensory tours to enable them to be more inclusive of people who experience the world in a primarily sensory way. Jo's second book Sensory-being for Sensory Beings is due for publication in the spring.

Jackie Sweet

Jacqui Sweet is the activities co-ordinator at Little Harbour Children’s Hospice. She has over 20 years experience of using play to improve family relationships, supporting learning through play and developing and distributing a sustainable play library of family activity packs. When Little Harbour advertised for a Treasure Seeker Jacqui knew the title was written for her, believing that anything that engages a child, or promotes a smile is treasure indeed! Her role is to support staff and families to find playful and sensory, meaningful ways to engage young people in their journey through severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties and in palliative care.