How to Make Your Own Sensory Book

Updated April 17, 2017

A sensory book is book which teaches the five senses (sight, sound, smell, touch and taste) by providing hands-on examples to test. These books often contain illustrations and are generally aimed at young children who are just becoming familiar with their sensory skills. You can create your own simple and personalised sensory book for the curious child in your life.

Cut seven sheets of foam board or poster card into 6-inch squares. These are the pages of your book.

Draw a picture or use a photograph to illustrate sight. Glue it on a page. Underneath the picture, write the word "Sight."

Glue a feather or cotton ball on another page. Write the word "Touch" underneath the feather.

Cut out a small circle of fabric, about 1-inch in diameter. Spray the circle with perfume or oil. Glue the fabric to another page and write the word "Smell" underneath.

Remove the squeaky part from the squeak toy. In most toys, it looks like a transparent ball. Glue the ball to a page. Press down firmly to adhere. Write the word "Sound" beneath the ball.

Place the mini chocolate bar in a small plastic bag. Tape or glue the bag to a page. Underneath the bag, write the word "Taste." You can refill the bag with various treats every time you read the book.

Design a title or cover page and ending page on the remaining, unused pages. Use markers, stickers, pens or paint to decorate or personalise the book. Assemble the pages in the desired order.

Punch holes at the top left and bottom left corners of the book pages. Align the pages and insert binder rings through the holes to connect them.

Things You'll Need

  • Foam board or poster board
  • Glue
  • Feather or cotton ball
  • Fabric
  • Perfume or fragrant oil
  • Squeak toy
  • Miniature chocolate bar
  • Small jewellery-sized plastic bag
  • Markers
  • Hole punch
  • Binder rings
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Since 2008, Jen Kim has been a professional writer and blogger, working for national publications such as Psychology Today and Chicago Tribune affiliates. She holds a Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern University.