Sensory resources for SEN Teachers


Children learn in a multitude of ways and sensory resources can be especially useful when supporting those with a range of special educational needs (SEN).

Using various sensory play resources helps to stimulate youngsters and encourages them to explore and take new approaches to challenges they may be faced with.

While this helps children with special educational needs and disabilities, these tools can also be effective for SEN teachers supporting pupils with ADHD, as the additional stimulation can help them to focus.

In order to help teachers in primary, secondary and special school settings, here are some of the best sensory resources available for use in lessons.


Twinkl is home to a range of sensory play and other resources to support pupils with SEND, providing SEN teachers with the necessary tools to create enjoyable and engaging lessons.

From playdough recipe cards to activity packs, these tasks can be weaved into lessons and put an emphasis on using the senses to create and investigate.

These resources are designed by SEND specialists and can be used with children across a range of ages to develop learning in a fun way.

Inclusive Teach

Alongside a collection of free printable SEN resources, Inclusive Teach also features a collection of sensory stories which can be used in a range of learning situations.

SEN teachers can access worksheets on elements such as transport, life skills, space and literacy resources, as well as presentations and other sensory play ideas.

For those looking for lesson planning inspiration, there’s also a set of simple sensory learning ideas which can be implemented with minimal effort.

SEN Teacher

From sensory downloads to printable resources, SEN Teacher has an extensive set of free support for those teaching pupils with SEND.

Teachers can create, share and adapt the resources to meet their needs, providing a valuable tool for aiding youngsters across a range of ages.


For those working primary school pupils, Tes has a set of free and low-cost resources including teaching guidance, sensory worksheets and stories.

If you’re looking for more ways to help your pupils to reach their potential, there are tools here that can be used to support everything from early years teaching through to A-level.

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