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10 Pirate Puns to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Aaar)

Hold on to your pirate hat, these puns are so bad your class will make you walk the plank:

  1. How do pirates know that they are pirates? They think, therefore they ARRRR!!!!!
  2. How do pirates make phone calls? On their Aye Phones
  3. Pirates are very healthy as they get a lot of vitamin sea.
  4. What do you call a pirate ship shivering at the bottom of the sea? A nervous wreck.
  5. What did the pirate say when he became an octogenarian? Aye matey years old
  6. How did the pirate find out he needed glasses? He went for an aye test.
  7. What’s a pirate’s favourite type of music? Rum and Bass.
  8. What did the pirate say when his leg got stuck in the freezer? Shiver me timbers.
  9. Why did nobody want to play cards with the pirate? Because he was standing on the deck.
  10. How do pirates communicate with each other? Aye to aye.

Reasons to be Cheerful about the Future of Litter

We have a problem as a nation when it comes to litter. The recent good weather again saw scenes of waste strewn in many outdoor spaces. For children, growing up in this sort of environment creates an unhealthy attitude towards littering and normalises it. As educators, we know we have a role to play in supporting children to care for their environment. What can we do?

Picker Pals is a free year-long environmental programme run by the environmental ngo VOICE Ireland. It has run in over 1000 primary schools to date and is making a real impact on the environment and children’s attitudes.

“I really enjoyed implementing this programme alongside my class this year. Every child took part and enjoyed all the activities involved in the programme. They have become very aware and enthusiastic about caring for the environment,”

Cassandra Dervan, Killeen National School.

Classrooms are provided with a ‘Picker Pack’ containing litter-picking equipment, readers, worksheets and teacher resources based around the colourful Picker Pals characters. Picker Pals TV episodes also provide news reports, a picture gallery and a craft corner with Picker Pals themed art activities.

The highlight for the children is when they get to take the Picker Pack home and lead their family on a litter-picking adventure in their local area. The Picker Pals experience creates a virtuous circle of healthy attitudes and behavioural change in participating schools, families and communities.

So what has it achieved? Last year, over 30,000 children took part in regular litter-picking adventures. Every weekend, thousands of children and their families were out and about tackling litter in parks, streets, beaches, playgrounds and estates all over Ireland. In total they picked up over 150 tonnes of litter – that’s about the weight of a blue whale!

Reasons to be cheerful (and why you should sign your class up for Picker Pals…)

• Children have a deep appreciation for nature and instinctively know it’s wrong to harm our natural environment, so giving them the opportunity to help out in a real and practical way is empowering.
• Education delivered at an early age has a real impact on behaviour. Picker Pals teachers have seen a real difference in their class’s attitudes towards litter and waste.
• Parents have noticed the change also with children requesting more environmentally friendly choices be made at home.
• Kids love getting out and about, especially if they are the leaders of the expedition. We are after all descended from hunter gatherers and litter-picking taps into our primaeval desires to seek, find, and collect.
• Kids love to be the star of the show and Picker Pals creates lots of opportunities for them to shine by sharing their litter-picking pictures, poems, drawings and stories.
• Teachers and schools love Picker Pals because it’s free, super easy to run and fosters greater connection with the families of their students. The programme is well-supported and provides regular opportunities for interaction, such as competitions, quizzes and live events.

“In my career I have been involved in an awful lot of different programmes and I have to say that Picker Pals was the best organised programme I have ever used. The box came, everything was so well explained and laid out. The children really loved doing the programme. The parents got involved, the children got involved, the grannies got involved. Everybody got involved. It was brilliant!”

Mairead White, Duagh National School, Kerry

A number of fully-funded places are still available for Picker Pals 2022-23. If you would like to get involved click here or see our website

How to sign up:

Signing up is super easy!

All you have to do is fill in the online application form here with all your school and class details. The Picker Pals Team will then process your application and get back to you to confirm if you received a spot.


Competition: uTalk

We’re delighted to team up with uTalk for a fantastic competition again.

To enter, go to and click ‘Claim Your Free Starter Pack’ to get access to your FREE starter pack on our language learning app.

Choose a word from one of the four themes available (animals, fruits, holiday & sports) and draw it on a piece of paper.

Take a photo and email that to us at Make sure to include a name and age in the email!

The subject should be Mash Irish Drawing Competion.

Closing date is 14th September 2022.

Prizes will be awarded in two separate age categories: 3-7 & 8-12. All winning entries will be featured across our social media.

Prepared and Planned: Get yourself classroom ready for the new school year

Going back to school after the summer holidays can be really exciting, anxiety-ridden, and a busy time for teachers. We hope you have spent the summer recharging and renewing yourself. It is really important for that to happen as the start of the school year is probably the most important and stressful time!

More experienced teachers have a good idea of what they need to do to get ready for the new school year. They might plan to make a few small changes to their overall approach. Less experienced teachers might decide to completely overhaul how they teach based on their smaller amount of experience. 

But no matter where you are in your career, here are some tips that will help you ease that transition back to school quickly and nicely.

Be Prepared

This is the most important element of teaching. Teaching is not a 9am to 3pm job as many people outside of teaching think! It is always a good idea to have at least the first day planned out for you and your students. This will make the year run smoother and your students will feel more comfortable knowing their teacher is prepared and confident. It doesn’t matter how experienced or new you are, every teacher needs to have their planning up to date!

I usually type up a plan of the day alongside resources or photocopies I might need detailed. I usually don’t start off with any formal curriculum teacher, instead choosing to focus on ice breaker type games and setting up how the classroom will run in terms of expectations for behaviour, attitude, learning, etc. I keep the activities fun and short and give plenty of time for the students to talk to each other in between.  

One of our sellers, @foodfortaught has a fun icebreaker activity called “Human Bingo” for sale. This would be ideal for an older class. 

Múinteoir Preschool has a cute poem and handprint activity for younger children. It is always nice for the parents to have a memory like this and for the child to be able to talk about their day in response to it. 

Be Planned!

After the first few days of observing and speaking to your class and last year’s teacher, you will start to build up a picture of your class. This is when you need to sit down and start your planning, long and short-term. I have been very fortunate that I was able to work with my partner teacher and we divided up the long-term plans for each curriculum subject between us. We then met every fortnight to discuss the next fortnight’s teaching aims and planning. If you can set this up, it is a real help and support for both you and your classes. 

We have thousands of different styles and types of long and short term plans on our website all painstakingly crafted by our wonderful mash teacher sellers! I like to look at another teacher’s long terms or short terms for an idea of where to go, what to leave in and what to put out whereas some of my other teacher friends prefer to use the plans as they are and then adapt when they have used them in the class with their own children. 

Múinteoir Penny has some gorgeous long term plans in numeracy, Gaeilge for Infants if you are stuck Múinteoir Ni Cheallaigh has some heavily details long terms plans for all subjects including the new Primary Language Curriculum here 

I wish you the very best of luck with the new year. Keep an eye out on our website as we constantly have new plans being uploaded. Who knows, one day you could be uploading your own resources to help other teachers too!


September Teaching Calendar

Your free teaching calendar packed with sensory ideas and inspiration for the month of September!

From Rhyming Multisensory Stories

In September’s Edition

8th September: International Literacy Day – Explore phonics through the senses.

9th September: World Teddy Bear Day – Organise a Teddy Bear’s Picnic

10th September: World First Aid Day – Explore 1st Aid

11th September: 500th Anniversary of the Birth of Ulisse Aldrovandi – Engage the Senses

12th-17th September: Balance Awareness Week – Promote Vestibular Activities

13th September: Roald Dahl Day – Explore the characters of Charlie & the Chocolate factory through the senses

15th September: International Dot Day – Explore dots!

19th-25th September: Recycle Awareness Week – Ideas to get your students involved

20th-25th September: Fire Door Safety Week – Be Safe!

22nd September: National Fitness Day – Get Moving!

23rd September: Autumn Equinox – Suggested Resource ‘Autumn ‘ A Multisensory Exploration’

20th-27th September: Sukkot – Den Building

25th – 27th September: Rosh Hashanah – Explore the festival through the senses

Whole Month

Sourdough September – Mill flour

Whole Month Organic September – Explore sough dough and role play ideas

Sensory Phonics Bag

Exploring phonics through the senses is a fun and engaging activity.

Here are some ideas using the letter ‘S’ as an example.

  • Place a variety of items starting with the letter(s) you wish to teach into a non-see-through bag or a pillowcase.
  • When choosing items think of engaging all the senses: Add items that stimulate the vision, tactile items, items that make interesting sounds, items to smell and taste.
  • Offer the bag to the student to select an item. Can they use their senses to guess what the item is? (If the student is unsure then provide plenty of clues.)

Letter S items

  • Satsuma
  • Snake
  • Spaghetti
  • Straw
  • Soap
  • Strawberry
  • Stick
  • Sponge
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Spinach
  • Sprout
  • Saucer
  • Sand

(Look through a toybox/cupboard for items: snail, spaceman, spinner, spider etc.)

Build Functional Language skills.

Ask the student to tell you or show you what you might do with the item and where you might find it. (If the student is unsure, model what to do with the item and encourage them to copy your action.)

Keep Language Simple. Focus on phrases such as ‘Choose’ or ‘Take one’ when presenting the bag to the student.

Focus on the name of the object; ‘starfish’, ‘sponge‘, ‘snake’ and two-word phrases; ‘long snake’, ‘yellow sponge’.

Building Learning – Word Recognition

Place wooden or magnetic letters along with the corresponding item in your sensory bag e.g., the letters c-a-n, can, c-a-p, cap, c-a-r, car,

f-a-n, fan, f-i-g, fig, h-a-t, hat etc.

Can the student sound out the letters as they pick them from the bag?

Can the student put the letters in the correct order to spell the word? e.g., f-a-n

Place two items in the bag along with the letters that spell the word e.g., c-u-p. One item will be the correct item (the cup) and an incorrect item (a hat). Can the student select the correct item to match the word?

Phonics Sensory Bin

A sensory bin is a container filled with themed items that provide a calming activity and the opportunity to learn through exploration whilst engaging the senses and meeting sensory needs.

Layer your tray/bin/box with sand, seeds, straw, sawdust, spaghetti, or soil.

Scatter with items starting with the letter ‘S’ (see previous list for ideas)

Add fine motor tools: Cups, spoons, forks, measuring jugs, colander, whisk, sieve, funnel, pipette, food tongs, wooden utensils, scoops, paintbrushes, chopsticks.

Add items to encourage scientific investigation: Torch, magnifying glass, magnets, pen/paper, egg carton/ice cube/cake baking tray for sorting items, plastic tweezers, and a mirror.

Model mark making the letter ‘S’ in the base layer of the sensory bin.

Phonics Listening Game

Listening games teach sound discrimination, promoting the development of language, communication and comprehension skills and increasing attention span.

A quick search on the internet will provide you with access to a library of free audio clips and sound effects that can be played via your phone, iPad, Kindle or recorded on a Dictaphone.

There are also sound effect apps available.

  • Can the student imitate the sound using their voice?
  • Can the student correctly identify the sound? (Provide plenty of clues!)

Letter ‘S’ Sounds

  • Snake
  • Sneeze
  • Sealion
  • Siren
  • Saxophone
  • Snoring
  • Stream
  • Seagull
  • Seal
  • Storm
  • Squeak
  • Sea

Get Crafty! Stuffed Sensory Sock Snakes

This is an excellent activity for encouraging hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and gives you the opportunity to model language as well as providing a wonderful sensory experience. You will need

  • Old Socks or Tights
  • A Filler: Straw/Sponges/Sand/Sawdust/Soil/Spaghetti (dried)


Stuff the socks with items starting with the letter ‘S’; Sand, seeds, straw, sawdust, (dried) spaghetti, or soil. Tie a knot in the end of the sock to secure.

Allow supervised free exploration of the sensory snakes, they will differ in weight, length, smell and texture.

Tip! Adding a few drops of essential oil to the fillers will enrich the experience.

Use a range of Letter Resources.

I like to teach using tactile items. It makes learning fun and allows the student to manipulate and explore the letters and make words without having to write them down.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Wooden letter tiles
  • Scrabble Board and tiles
  • Magnetic Letters on a baking tray.
  • Paint pebbles and write letters on them.
  • Use letter stickers
  • Write in chalks on the patio/fence.
  • Write letters on recycled plastic milk bottle tops.
  • Mould letters using clay/plasticine or Play-Doh

Sept 10th World First Aid Day

Explore the contents of a First Aid Bag/Box This activity will raise awareness of the contents of a first aid box and reduce any anxiety some students may have around first aid.

  • Explore the contents of the classroom first aid box to the students.
  • Practice applying dressings and bandages.
  • Teach the students how to raise the alarm should there be an accident in the classroom or playground (tell an adult)
  • Teach students how to ring 999 for an ambulance. Engage in role play practicing making a 999 telephone, call using a toy or old mobile phone (battery removed)

First Aid Box Contents*

  • Burns gel dressings
  • Adhesive tape to secure dressings
  • An updated first aid guidance leaflet.
  • Sterile plasters of assorted sizes
  • Large and medium-sized sterile, individually wrapped, unmedicated wound dressings
  • Sterile eye pads
  • Triangular bandage
  • Disposable gloves
  • Foil blanket
  • Sterile wound wipes
  • Finger dressing

*The contents of your first aid boxes may differ to the items in the list.

Practice simple first aid. Discuss how to raise the alarm in an emergency.

Sept 11th

500th Anniversary of the birth of Ulisse Aldrovandi

Modern history founder Ulisse Aldrovandi was known for his studies of animals, plants, and minerals.

Present a range of animals, plants and minerals for students to explore through the senses.

Animals: (Fake) fur, suede, chamois leather/leather, wool

Herbs: Basil, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, parsley, rosemary, thyme.

Minerals: Calcite, crystals, rocks, stones or gold, silver and copper-coloured items (Coins, dress jewellery, foil, stainless steel items.)

Extend Learning

Can the students group the items according whether they are animal derived, plant or mineral?

Sept 13th

Roald Dahl Day

Explore the Main Characters in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory through the Senses

Suggested Props:

Augustus Gloop – Gloop. Mix cornflour and water to the ratio of 2:1, (Option to add food colouring and essences/flavourings)

Charlie Bucket – Bucket

Grandpa Joe – Slippers

Mike Teavee – Large square glasses, cardboard box TV, or old TV remote control (batteries removed)

Mr Bucket (Charlie’s Dad) – Toothpaste or fresh mint (this is a reference to the job he held screwing the tops onto toothpaste tubes)

Oompa-Loompas – Orange/satsuma or orange face paint

Veruca Salt: Salt Dough. Mix 1 cup plain flour, ½ cup table salt, ½ cup water. (Option to add food colouring and essences/flavourings to enhance the sensory experience)

Violet Beauregarde – Parma violets, violet essential oil, violet flowers

Violet flowers are edible. Ensure the flowers are freshly picked, washed, are disease and pest free and have not been treated with pesticides.

Willy Wonka – Walking Stick

Extend Learning

Describe the characters in the story. Can the students match the props to the characters?

Sept 20th – 27th Sukkot

Sukkot is a Jewish festival. The word ‘Sukkot’ translates to a ‘temporary shelter’

Build a Sukkot Hut

Den building provides an excellent opportunity to explore design and technology through building and construction, the opportunity to explore, experiment, make mistakes and problem solve in a safe environment, promotes physical development and co-operation, turn-taking, listening to others’ ideas and communication skills through teamwork. Dens can be built using everyday items found around the home and garden. Here are some examples:

  • Use items found in nature: straw, hay, dried grasses, twigs, and sticks.
  • Work around existing features such as a play equipment, trees, a gazebo, or a washing line.
  • If indoors, drape a sheet or blanket over two chairs, a table, or underneath open stairs.

Families eat and spend free time in their Sukkot shelters. Accessorise your Sukkot

  • Add cushions, beanbags, books, activities, soft toys, and a blanket.
  • Add crayons/pencils/felts and paper/whiteboard and marker pen.
  • String fairy lights, add glow in the dark stickers, glitter lamps and light up toys.
  • Add items to encourage scientific investigation: a torch, mirror, magnifying glass.

Sept 25th – 27th – Rosh Hashanah A two-day festival celebrating Jewish New Year which begins in the Autumn.

Apples and honey symbolise ‘Sweet New Year’ Activities

  • Cut apples into slices and drizzle honey on top.
  • Make a honey cake

Honey Cake Recipe Ingredients

  • 200g/7oz self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 170g/6oz clear honey
  • 140g/5oz butter
  • 85g/3oz light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tbsp water


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 3
  • Grease and line the bottom of a cake tin with greaseproof paper.
  • Melt the honey, butter, water and sugar in a pan.
  • Remove from the heat and mix in the flour and (beaten) eggs
  • Transfer to the cake tin.
  • Bake for 40 minutes until the cake is golden brown.
  • Place onto a wire rack.
  • Using a skewer, make little holes over the surface of the cake then drizzle honey over the cake to sink into the holes.

A Honey Dipper

Guess the Item!

Give the students a wooden honey dipper to explore but do not tell them what it is.

Can the students guess what the utensil is used for?

Can the students use their fine motor skills to remove honey from a jar using the honey dipper?

Just for fun!

Can the students think of any other uses for the item?

Explore the Shofar Horn

This is one of the world’s oldest wind instruments (record an audio clip or watch a video of a shofar horn being played)

  • Can the students join in by playing a wind instrument e.g., recorder, whistle, or a harmonica?

Promote the development of the mouth muscles.

  • Can the students inflate a balloon using their breath, blow a party blower or feathers?

September 9th

National Teddy Bear Day

Hold a Teddy Bears’ Picnic Can the students make and send invitations?

Can the students help to choose the menu and prepare the food? (Discuss healthy eating options)

Make teddy bear shaped biscuits.

Make and wear teddy bear masks.

Can the students help to lay the table?

Can the students suggest any games they would like to play?

Join Goldilocks on her adventures with this fully resourced, step-by-step multisensory story!

Table of Contents:


Story Props Checklist

How to Tell a Multisensory Story

Goldilocks & The Three Bears Fully Resourced, Step-by-Step Multisensory Story

Developing Comprehension & Understanding


Themed Listening Game

Themed Sensory Bag

Hard and Soft Themed Sensory Bin

Oat Bear Art

Raised Bear Salt Picture

The Three Bears Kitchen – Oat Milk Recipe

The Three Bears Bathroom – Oatmeal Facemask & Oat Bath

Teddy Bears Picnic

Let’s Explore…Bears!

Make a Bear Habitat

Bear Hugs

September 15th International Dot Day

A day to promote art, creativity, and individual achievement.

Read or watch the story of ‘The Dot’ by Peter H. Reynolds, a tale of a young girl who thought she could not draw…until she discovered dots!

Create artwork using different tools and materials to make dots.

Dots: Bingo dabbers, cotton wool bud, fingerprints, paint brushes, pipettes, pom poms, sponges, stickers, vegetable printing, paint bubble wrap.

Other ideas:

  • Spray paint through card templates/stencils using watered down paint in a water spray bottle.
  • Colour through the hole in an old cd to make a pattern.
  • Play dot-to-dot.
  • Take learning outdoors and draw in chalk around quoits and hula hoops.
  • Link to maths: make craft ladybirds, print, and count their spots.

September 20th – 26th Recycle Week

  • Collect clothes, electrical devices, crisp bags, or stamps to pass on to the relevant charities.
  • Have a team of students collect plastic bottles, and cardboard from classrooms to sort and recycle.
  • Recycle containers into planters.
  • Make bubble snakes from water bottles or fill with sand to make bowling pins.
  • Use old newspapers to make items from Papier Mache.
  • Play recycling bingo.
  • Print out items you can recycle (glass bottles, tins, newspapers, cardboard,) and items you cannot (used pizza boxes, waxed paper, stickers, bubble wrap, plastic bags, plastic coat hangers, plastic straws)
  • Can the students think of alternative uses for these items (re-use plastic bags, make hangers into mobiles)
  • Can students think of alternatives to these items (metal drinking straws, cloth or paper bags)

20th – 25th September Fire Door Safety Week

(Link to Great fire of London 2nd – 6th September)

Teach the students about fire doors.

  • Locate the fire doors within your school or setting.
  • Explain why fire doors must be kept closed.
  • Teach the students how to raise the alarm if they smell or see smoke or fire.
  • Show the students where their nearest exit is in the classroom if the alarm sounds
  • The new school term brings with it the inevitable fire drill. For some students, the fire alarm provides unwanted sensory feedback and the fire drill itself can be unsettling as it is out of routine. Have a ‘fire drill’ bag in easy reach in readiness for fire drill. This could contain ear defenders, a NOW/NEXT board showing what is happening and some fiddle toys/motivators.

Extend Learning

  • Look in the classroom for potential fire risks (electric heaters, electrical equipment, plug sockets)
  • Discuss the dangers of water coming into contact with electric appliances.
  • Explain why we do not place items on top of or cover heaters.

September 22nd National Fitness Day

  • Get Active: Balance, bounce, hop, jump, skip, run and crawl.
  • Throw and catch balls and beanbags.
  • Explore twirling ribbons, hula hoops, skittles, and other equipment.
  • Enjoy gentle yoga stretches, physio ball exercises, Dough Disco, or a hand massage.

23rd September

Autumn Equinox

Explore the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and textures of Autumn with this full resourced, step-by-step multisensory story.

Table of Contents


Story Props Checklist

How to Tell a Multisensory Story

Autumn Full Story

Autumn Fully Resourced, Rhyming Multisensory Story

Autumn Themed Sensory Bin

Let’s Explore…Dormice

Let’s Explore…Hedgehogs

Autumn Sensory Walk

Autumn Food Tasting

Make a Bug Hotel

Autumn Leaves Craft Activity

The Colour of Autumn

The Sensory Scarecrow

40 Autumn Ideas & Inspiration

Organic September

Make an Organic Farm Sensory Wall Display

Making a sensory wall display is a gradual process that all students can participate in.

Make you craft items during your art/craft lessons and watch as your working farm, sensory wall grows!

Make the Fences: Lay three, thin strips of brown card vertically then glue a strip of card diagonally across the three strips.

Add the Crops and Fields: Glue the textured items onto A4 thin card, covering with a thin layer of PVA then staple onto your wall: Grass, Yellow Field: Split Peas, Orange Field: Lentils, Pale Green Field: Split Peas Add a Barn: Use wooden sticks for a 3D effect.

Add Haybales: Cover a piece of thin card with PVA glue. Add the straw. Leave to dry. Add a layer of PVA glue to set in place. Leave to dry then cut into rectangular bales.

Add Farm Animals: Provide animal templates for students to decorate using sensory items e.g. A duck: yellow feathers, a chicken: red, brown, and black feathers, a sheep: cotton wool balls, a pig: pink felt or suede

Add Crops: ¾ fill a clear, disposable plastic cup/biodegradable plant pot with potting compost. Plant your seeds into the soil (Nasturtiums and peas work well). Ensure they are watered regularly and are not left to go dry. Staple the pots to the wall. The beans/peas will trail downwards as they grow.

(Tip! Wet kitchen roll or a wet paper towel are a substitute for soil) Add a Duck Pond: A circle of unbreakable ‘mirror’ or circle of aluminium foil.

Add Farmyard Sounds: Record farmyard noises on Talking Tiles (or similar devices) place a picture of the object/animal next to the Talking Tile. Press the Talking Tiles to bring the farm to life!

Assign Students Roles on the Farm: The crop farmers can oversee the watering of the plants in the cups, the sheep farmers will be responsible for keeping the sheep tidy.

Grind Flour

Promote fine motor skills using a pestle and mortar to grind foods make flour.






Pumpkin Seeds Quinoa Rice Rye

Sunflower Seeds

Explore the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures with this fully resources, step-by-step multisensory story (includes 101 farm themed extension activities!)

Table of Contents

How to tell a Multisensory Story

The Benefits of Multisensory Storytelling

Story Props/Resources Checklist

The Farm Full Story

The Farm Fully Resourced, step-by-step Multisensory Story

Farmyard Art

The Sensory Cow

Farming Culture & Celebrations Around the World

D & T

D & T Food Technology & Healthy Eating

Trips, Visits & Enrichment Activities

Traditional Farming Methods

Farming History: Children on the Victorian Farm

Farm Themed Literacy

Farm Themed Mathematics

Farm Themed Counting Songs & Activities

Farm Themed Sorting Activities

Farm Themed Mathematics (Weights & Measures)

Farmyard PE

Farmyard Yoga

Plants & Life Cycles

Role Play

Farm Safety

Farmyard Science

The Sensory Farm

The Sensory Farm Classroom Wall Display

Spotlight on…Fairfield School, Batley, Yorkshire

Farmyard Small World Play

Understanding the World Farm Animals

Amazing Facts About Farm Animals

Want to learn more about multisensory storytelling?

‘An Introduction to Multisensory Storytelling’ Course

Training (1-1, Groups & INSET)

Exclusive offer to Mash subscribers only

Save £5 discount of the price of a 1-1 course when you mention ‘Mash’ when you book.

Offer ends 31st Aug 2022

Who is the Course Aimed at?

This is a bespoke course aimed at Parents, Guardians, Childminders, Carers, Early Years Educators, Teachers, HLTA’s, TA’s, SENCO’s, Speech Therapists, Play Therapists, Support Workers, Activity Coordinators, Librarians, and anyone with an interest in exploring storytelling through the senses with pre-school, early years, SEN students, SALT students and teenagers/adults with complex needs.

Course Content

What is a multisensory story?

The benefits of multisensory storytelling.

Sourcing story props.

Sound effects.

How to tell a multisensory story.

Adapting an existing story into a multisensory story.

Incorporating extension activities into your session.

Using the story props as a tool for individuals to explore & express their likes, dislikes and sensory preferences, giving them a voice and a choice.

Case studies

Extension Activities

Ideas to stimulate the five main senses.

In addition to this we will explore in depth, a multisensory story of your choice from the latest story catalogue, how to deliver this story and how to use the story props promote communication and areas learning.

You will receive a digital copy of the full resource.

How is the Training Delivered?

The course is delivered as a friendly and informal session via Zoom and can be tailored to meet your training requirements.

Any information you may wish to share regarding the needs of your child/student will be treated in strictest confidence.

How Much Does the Course Cost?

£45 1-1 Training Session

£250 Whole School/Setting INSET

(For smaller group bookings please contact me for a price)

Course Length

The course is 90 mins.

Will I Receive any Course Notes?

Yes. Course summary notes will be sent as a word document.

Course Summary Notes Contents

What is a Multisensory story?

The Benefits of Multisensory Storytelling

Sourcing Story Props

How to tell a Multisensory Story

Developing Understanding & Comprehension

Ideas to Stimulate the Tactile System

Ideas to Stimulate the Gustatory System

Ideas to Stimulate the Olfactory System

Ideas to Stimulate the Auditory System

Ideas to Stimulate the Visual System

Extending Learning (Developing Understanding and Comprehension)

Sensory Bags and Sensory Bins

Useful Links

Are There Any Other Free Resources Included?


You will receive a free digital download of ‘Listen – An A-Z of Sensory Ideas to Stimulate the Auditory System’

This comprehensive guide explores fun and engaging sensory ways of stimulating the sense of hearing. The A-Z of sounds is divided into the following categories: Animals, Transport, Musical Instruments & Home. It also includes fun, motivating sensory themed extension activities. This resource is suitable for working with curious pre-schoolers to teenagers with complex needs.

You will also receive a free digital download of your chosen story.

How Do I Book?

email or send a message via the chat function on the website or through social media

How Do I Pay?

Payment is accepted through BACS and PayPal.

I am a School/Company/Setting, can you send an Invoice?

Yes. Rhyming Multisensory Stories is fully registered with HMRC and can invoice.

Will I Receive a Certificate?

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Games Aren’t Just For Kids – They Help Us Learn Languages!

When you think of how to learn a new language, playing games might not be the first method that comes to mind. It’s a shame; as uTalk’s Language Guru, Brian, points out in this post, games are a great way to encourage learning and – spoiler alert – it’s not just because they’re fun!

Games are a lot of fun – not only are winners rewarded with prizes, bragging rights and the satisfaction of knowing that they’ve done a good job, they can also help us learn a new language.

Think about it, games give us context: we get rewarded for our efforts when we win; in the case of classroom games – we get to communicate and interact with our opponents (or rather, our fellow classmates); a little adrenaline and anxiety (but hopefully, not too much!) helps make the challenge of learning a lot more fun; and finally, games offer us a break from the usual learning routine.

When our brains associate learning with fun experiences, we actually maximise the retention of new information. The less stressed we are, the more we remember! And what better way to reduce stress than to have an impromptu session of fun and games after an intense language lesson?

Some of the potentials of classroom games are:

• Motivation – games promote the spontaneous use of language as well as encouraging communication

• Games reinforce learning – we learn to apply what we have learned. If you’ve just learned how to order a vin rouge in French, wouldn’t it be fun to have little make-believe game involving say, an imaginary trip to a fancy bistrot in Paris for a classic French déjeuner?

• Healthy competition – humans thrive on competition and what better way to remember new vocabulary than to have a fun memory game? Or perhaps a facilitated classroom role-playing game to help remember those complicated grammar rules?

• Stress-free learning – games are so much fun that we become less self-conscious about making mistakes. Learning becomes less threatening and students who are not as confident actually become less concerned about saying or spelling new words wrongly.

• Practice – games encourage students to practice the language without even knowing it! In the heat of the moment, we don’t worry about such things as “Did I conjugate that Spanish verb properly?” or “Goodness! Which Russian case do I use?” or “Which is the correct tone for that word in Mandarin?”

• Active versus passive learning – games encourage students to learn actively, often requiring the use of different senses (sound, hearing, kinaesthetic movement etc.) which are great for those who prefer learning in combination with other forms of stimulus.

Playing language games of all kinds is certainly not a waste of time! With so many benefits, the question is not “why?” but rather, “why not?”

The uTalk app incorporates games into language learning to encourage everyone to have fun as they learn! If you’re a teacher or parent/guardian and have pupils or children who like to learn languages, then make sure to check out the uTalk Language Games. The Games run from September – July every year and all participants have the chance to learn up to three languages, culminating in a competition that takes place in June. Want to take part? Registrations are open for 2022/23!

Who is Dr. Treasa Bowe?

We are very excited that Dr. Treasa Bowe is going to be joining us for a Back to School live webinar with a special focus on literacy. There’s probably nothing Treasa doesn’t know about literacy so we thought we’d let you know a little bit about who she is.

Dr Treasa Bowe is a primary school teacher from Cork with over 20 years teaching experience; 17 years in Ireland and most recently five years teaching in KIPP Endeavor College Prep, Los Angeles, California. Across her career Treasa has had keen and special interest in the area of literacy with her Masters research centred on Comprehension Strategy Instruction (CSI). Treasa was a pivotal member of the team that developed the highly regarded comprehension programme Building Bridges of Understanding (Mary Immaculate College, 2009).

Treasa’s PhD research focused on the role of on-site continuing professional developing in promoting a whole school approach to CSI. More recently Treasa has become better known on Instagram as @betweenthecoversofagoodbook , where she shares her extensive knowledge about literacy, and picture books on a daily basis.

Bringing Some Magic into your Classroom with Harry Potter

As someone that considers myself still young, I couldn’t believe when I read that the first Harry Potter book was published 25 years ago. While I never became as obsessed with it, I gorged on the books when they came out and eagerly waited to watch the next instalment in the cinema. I never got into the merchandise side of things and one the books and movies came to an end, so did my interest in the franchise. (To be honest, I really hated the last book and the very end when it fast forwarded them as adults was puke inducing.) Anyway, you can now study a module on Harry Potter in university if you want, so what do I know!

if it’s good enough for university, it must be good enough for school so we browsed the web to find five fun Harry Potter themed lessons for your classrooms.

What happened on May 29th?

I am fascinated by the amount of “International” and “Special” days there are in the world or even in one day! There seems to be a special day for everything from bees (May 20th) to porridge (10th October) – yes really!

Let me share with you an important day coming up that you might be able to discuss with your class or even work on a lesson or two! On May 29th, there is an “International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.” The U.N. was organised at the close of World War II in the hope of preventing another World War.

UN peacekeeping has been developed to help countries torn by conflict create conditions for lasting peace since the first mission was established in May 1948. There have been a total of 63 UN peacekeeping operations. Currently, more than 100,000 military and civilian personnel serve in 20 UN peace operations worldwide.

Some resources on to promote peace:

Here are some ideas for this day that could be used in the classroom!

  1. Organise a National Class or school “Peace Day”.
  2. Look at your class, which countries do your class represent? Draw flags of that country and write a simple greeting in that language on it!
  3. Locate some other flags and information of other flags from different countries.
  4. Look at the flag of the U.N. It shows how the earth might look from the North Pole. You can see every continent except Antartica. The leaves around the map are olive branches, ancient symbols of peace.
  5. Have an International Food Day, everyone is to bring something typical of their homeland or their ancestors’ homeland.
  6. Have a big class debate- What would happen if (in 100 years time) if there was only one nation-and it was called THE WORLD- List 3 good things and 3 bad things.
    Some ideas to get you going, you could get mileage out of this theme if you wanted!

So, just in case you need a filler or an emergency lesson plan- why not give peace a chance!

There’s Something Wrong with the Product I Ordered

Most of the time, when you order something online, it’s a straightforward process. However, sometimes, something goes wrong. We thought we’d try and help by creating this quick post to show you how to resolve any issues you might have. Lots more can be found in our dedicated help section too!

Unfortunately we have no control over the quality of what goes up on However, like many sites similar to this, you can leave a review to warn people off other users from buying the product. Another option is to contact the seller with the problem you have. Here is how to do this: 

  • Step 1: Go to the product page that you bought
  • Step 2: Click on the button “Seller Info”
  • Step 3: Click on the seller’s name. This will bring you to the seller’s store.
  • Step 4: You will see a contact form on the right hand side. Fill this in and the seller should be in touch with you within a couple of days.
  • Step 5: If you do not hear back from the seller, you can issue a Refund request.
  • Step 6: If the seller does not come back to you within another 2 days, contact us and we will intervene then but most problems are usually resolved by then!

As a general guide, we ask you to observe the following timelines for resolutions:

  1. If you get in touch the Seller directly during the school holidays, maybe give them an extra day or two in case they are away.
  2. When you contact our helpdesk, please make sure you provide your purchase Order Number. We will try to resolve your issue with the Seller ASAP
  3. If we cannot resolve the issue, we usually offer a refund*

*While we will always do our best to be fair to customers, unfortunately, we cannot refund a purchase unless there is something wrong with the product itself. So, to avoid disappointment, please make sure to check a product thoroughly before ordering it.

We can also only refund customers if a product is no longer available on the site up to 90 days after purchase. Please make sure to download your purchase as soon as possible after buying it.

Please do not use PayPal dispute service until you have followed our complaints’ process. If you do use PayPal’s service instead of’s process and Mash loses money as a result of this, your account will be terminated. While we don’t like doing this, we cannot be out of pocket because our policies haven’t been followed. We try to be absolutely fair in all transactions and will issue a refund in all genuine cases.