January educational calendar on tablet screen.

Teaching ideas and inspiration to celebrate the month of January including Burns Night, Jackson Pollock Sensory Art, World Braille Day, Big Schools Birdwatch, Martin Luther King Day, National Handwriting Day, and more!

January 4th | World Braille Day

  • Can students write their name using the letters from the braille alphabet?
  • Roll playdoh or plasticine into little balls to place on a template of the braille alphabet.
  • Play a game of dominoes matching the dots.
  • Match physical items to the words
Educational matching game with Braille, hat and fan.

January 6th | Epiphany

Epiphany Day or ‘Three Kings Day’, is a Christian holiday celebrating the day the Three Wise Men travelled to visit Jesus.

Smell: Frankincense and Myrrh (these can be purchased as essential oils, incense, and hand cream)

Touch & Look at: gold items: dress jewellery, gold foil, gold paper, gold material and fabric, mark make using gold paint.

Listen to: the sound coins make as they hit the bottom of the money box/tin when posted. Taste: Foods traditionally eaten at Epiphany include: clementines, dates and dried fruit. Taste gold chocolate coins.

Other Activities

  • Make and decorate crowns.
  • Make star shaped cookies.
  • Explore an Epiphany sensory bin or box.
  • Listen to, sing, sign, and/or play instruments to the song ‘We Three Kings’
  • Dress up as Kings.

Promote Literacy Skills

Traditionally, people bless their home by writing the letters C, M, and B, + the year, above the door to the house. The letters represent Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. The + signifies the cross. The letters also represent the Latin words ‘Christus mansionem benedicat,’ which translates to ‘May Christ bless the house’

Practice mark-making, writing and recognising the numbers, letters and symbols 20 + C + M + B + 24 in chalk.

January 8th-19th | Big Schools Birdwatch

Register – It’s free and you will be sent lots of resources to help with your birdwatch and ideas for activities to spark students’ interest in wildlife and the world around them.

Visit the RSPB website for your free pack Big Schools’ Birdwatch 2024 (rspb.org.uk)

Educational task boxes for organizing materials and instructions.
Educational bird feeders and matching bird food types.

January 16th | Martin Luther King Day

Make a Friendship Potion

Glass jar with violet flowers in sunlight.

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January 23rd | National Handwriting Day

  • Explore sensory mark making in different mediums flour, foam, oats, pulses, rice, sand, soil
  • Use different tools to mark-make: brushes (bottle brush, hairbrush, nail brush, pot brush, scrubbing brush, toothbrush), chalk, charcoal, feathers, kitchen utensils, paint rollers, sponges, toy cars, sticks and twigs
  • Explore printing using leaves, fruits, vegetables, and bubble wrap.
  • Make bark rubbings.
  • Spray paint from a water spray bottle.
  • Carve into plasticine, clay or wax.
  • Draw around shadows.

January 25th | Burns Night

This fully resourced, step by step multisensory story is set on Burns Night as we join our main character at a traditional Burns Supper.

This teaching resource includes sensory extension activities linked to excerpts of Robert Burns poems.

This story presents a wonderful opportunity to connect individuals to literature, Scottish culture and the exploration of the rhyme and rhythm in poetry.

Burns Night Kilt Craft Activity

Tartan fabric craft transformation with pens and glue.

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January Birthdays

January 4th – Sir Isaac Newton

Historical portrait of a baroque-era male figure.

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January 8th – Elvis Presley

Man dancing in vintage black and white photo.

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January 17th – Benjamin Franklin

Engraving-style portrait of historical male figure.

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January 18th – AA Milne

Vintage portrait of a thoughtful man, black and white.

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January 27th – Lewis Carroll

Historical portrait of a pensive Victorian gentleman.

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January 28th – Jackson Pollock

Man dripping paint, USPS stamp, Abstract Expressionism, 1999.

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Recycle Your Christmas Cards

Don’t throw away your Christmas Cards!

Receiving Christmas cards is one of the joys of the season. Before you pop them in the recycling bin, take a look at these low-budget educational, yet fun activities!

Gift Tags

Festive Christmas card and decorations with owl design.

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Red door with number 25 and festive decorations.

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Speech Bubbles

Dog and kitten in snow with humorous speech bubble

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Story Cards


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Poetry Page


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The Sensory Card


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Word Play


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Resources & Teaching Packs

Fully resourced, step-by-step multisensory stories linking individuals to literature, culture, history & topic through the senses.

Each resource includes themed, sensory activities aimed at promoting communication skills, independence and areas of learning.

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Visit the website: www.rhymingmultisensorystories.com

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Training workshops available from £10 Find out more: Training Course | Rhyming Multisensory Stories


The Seasons Collection

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
  • The Weather (Free resource)


  • Dear Santa (Free resource)
  • Dear Santa Adapting into a Play (Free resource)

Culture & Celebrations Collection

  • A Train Ride Through India
  • Burns Night
  • Chinese New Year
  • Halloween
  • Holi
  • St Patricks Day


  • The King’s Coronation
  • The Queen’s Jubilee (Free resource)
  • The Romans

Life Skills

Jobs and Work Experience


Shapes – A Multisensory Exploration (includes 130 shape themed, sensory activities)


Listen – An A-Z of Sensory Inspiration to Stimulate the Auditory System


  • The Dentist (Free resource)
  • Washing Hands (Free resource)


  • Journey into Space
  • Minibeasts
  • Superheroes
  • The Beach
  • The Farm
  • The Rainforest

Traditional Tales Collection

  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Goldilocks
  • Jack & the Beanstalk
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Three Little Pigs

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