Sensory Wake-Up

Use this activity to help students “tune in” to the world around them. This activity has been adapted from the Coyote’s Guide To Connecting With Nature.
Grades: K-7
Seasons: Fall & Winter
Time: 15-20 minutes.
Supplies: Device to view video OR copy of ‘script’ in the lesson plan to read.
Lesson Plan PDF

In this video, Wildsight educator Jade Harvey guides students through a sensory ‘wake-up’, inspired by Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature.

This is a great tuning in activity to do before settling in to a sit spot, or before any exploration requiring awareness and observation. If you prefer to read the script yourself, click the link below the video.

Safety Note: Please ensure kids have washed hands just prior to this activity. Due to current health protocols, feel free to modify activity by having student put their hands above, but not directly on their ears, eyes, nose, mouth


To help get us in the right mood to be mindful of our surroundings, I’d like you to follow me on a little tuning in, or sensory wake up activity. It will get your senses feeling all alive and ready to enjoy all that nature has to offer. This will work anywhere -whether you’re at an open window, on a balcony, a backyard or elsewhere that is a safe space with nearby nature.

Let’s take a comfortable seat, it might be your favourite sit spot in your yard or a spot that is comfortable in a new place. If it’s not possible to sit you can also stand for this! We’re going to work our way through the 5 senses and wake each one up so we can immerse ourselves in nature.

A student at Eileen Madson Primary learning with all senses.


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