Sensory Celebrations: Tinsel and Twinkle


With Richard Hirstwood and Carol Allen
3 December 2020 4pm – 6pm

Why should I attend?

Are you looking for sensory ideas to delight and educate for the festive season?


This lively, and practical, workshop will share so many ideas that will be easy for you to use in your own practice.  Some of the ideas shared will be ideal for online sessions with students.


All resources shared will be easy to source and a notes and links sheet will be offered for attendees so that resources can be sourced easily in order to replicate the activities.


Learn how to make a magical umbrella; how to use switch control with sparkly lights and how to use gift wrapping materials to create sensory treasure!  All these and more…why not join us?  Come along with one idea of your own to share..leave with many, many more.

Agenda – 3 December

4pm Admissions and virtual tea/coffee to start the session

4.10pm Welcome & introduction to agenda and outline of Zoom routines and protocol. 

To cover:

  • Use of microphone; when to mute/unmute

  • Use of Video especially in breakout rooms
  • What happens when we breakout

  • Using chat

  • How to ask a question

  • Use of hands up/clapping symbols

4.15 pm Warm-up session – Go Noodle

4.25 pm Session 1: Magical Umbrellas!

This session will show you ideas for creating sensory experiences with umbrellas…project onto them, hang stories from them, create secret whispering spaces, and evoke some magic with a torch. 

4.45 pm Follow-up Task 

Breakout room chat – in your group, share a sensory idea that has worked well for you.

5pm Session 2: Switch Magic!  

This session will look at how to add control to music, lights, videos and toys via switches.  Useful both for those who need access but additionally as a safe way to allow others to experience choice and control.

5.20 pm Session 3: Boxes, Paper and Tinsel

This will be a very practical session showing a range of low cost/no cost ideas using easy to source resources that transform into magical sensory activities.

5.40 pm Questions and Answers:  plus fast and furious ideas!

Your chance to ask specific questions and answers will be offered.  As part of this, many resources that were not able to be included in the three main sessions will be shown in order that you leave buzzing with energy and ideas.

5.55pm Plenary

Reminder of continuing CPD activities/ future collaboration/ reflective practice/ further resources/ contact details.

6pm Thank you and end of session

Who should attend?

This will be appropriate for classroom practitioners from special schools and colleges, mainstream settings with specialist SEN provision and early years settings, who are working with pupils with complex learning needs, Autism and SEND.



Any resources shared/signposted during the session (i.e. during Zoom chat) will be emailed to delegates as a pdf after the session.



If you wish to make a group booking for this course – we can do this quickly and easily for you!  Please email a spreadsheet with the first name/surname/email addresses of the delegates you wish to book for.  This should go to  We will then create access to this course for your colleagues.  A Purchase Order Number will secure your booking and we can send you an invoice.

Important information before you book


The ‘Book now!’ button will take you to a new page where you can book and pay for this course.  Please note: if you are booking for someone else, please create the account using their name and email address.  You will still be able to pay by credit card (even it has a different name/school name on it.)

Cost: £20 plus VAT per place

(£24 including VAT)