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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

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

Find out what events are coming up

Highlights from our project so far

Activities at little harbour hospiceDays out with Action for Children

Two fun days with Action for Children at I love nature and King Edward Mine. We took part in a range of activities from fairy house building to bread making to a sensory story around King Edward Mine.

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A family goes on a nature treasure huntFamily Nature days

Two successful family events in partnership with I love nature at their wonderful site in Upton Cross, near Liskeard. We took part in foraging, making, building, cooking and eating!

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exploring the plants at Wheal MartynWheal Martyn

Nature based activities with a group from Sense exploring the grounds of Wheal Martyn. We built some nature frames to explore different ways of seeing, explored the museum through our senses and even made a sensory map of our day.

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Boy underneath dinosaur at eden project Dinosaurs at Eden

In collaboration with Eden Project we delivered special relaxed style sessions of their big summer event Dinosaur Uprising. We explored the exhibits through our senses and came face to face with the dinosaurs.

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Activities at little harbour hospiceLittle Harbour hospice

Two great sessions at Little Harbour Children’s hospice run by the Children’s hospice South West. The children and siblings helped us with testing and developing new sensory outdoor activities.

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Research

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 - lrobinson@sensorytrust.org.uk or cfrancis@sensorytrust.org.uk

 

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Meet our SNAP advisory group

We are collaborating with a panel of advisors from play specialists to evaluation experts.

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