As I was publishing my previous post the other day, on nature as ‘sensory room’, I realised that a large part of my examples of sensory rich nature experiences were from the seaside. Not so surprising perhaps. Just to stand on a beach, looking out across the eternity of glimmering water, hearing the rythmical swooshing … More “Beside the side of the silvery sea…”
When Penguin was younger, we sometimes visited a place that had a ‘Sensory Room’, also known as ‘Snoezelen’. In hindsight, we could have got so much more out of those visits if we’d been guided by an occupational therapist on how to make the most of it all, but at the time I didn’t know … More On nature as ”Sensory Room”
Scotney Castle is a National Trust property located near Lamberhurst in Kent. The main building at the property is a grand 19th Century country house, set in a large, romantically landscaped garden and surrounding estate. The remains of the Old Scotney Castle, which dates back to the 14 Century, has been kept as a ‘folly’ and … More Penguin goes to… Scotney Castle!
Last Sunday we visited Howletts Wild Animal Park, which is situated near Canterbury, in Kent. It was a cool January afternoon, and I was a little bit worried that many of the animals might be hiding indoors, away from our view, but luckily that was not the case at all. In fact, we got an … More Out & about with Penguin: Howletts Wild Animal Park
For our advent activity no.17, we finally made it to the Christmas market at Leeds castle. We’d originally planned to go the previous Sunday, but the weather was awful that day, so we called it off. Luckily this Sunday was not as bad, although a light drizzle started to fall as we arrived. Our first impression … More Visiting the Christmas Market at Leeds Castle!
Yesterday we spent a chilly yet beautiful afternoon at the Port Lympne Wildlife Park! It’s a great place with large areas to roam around for visitors and for many of the animals. There’s a ‘safari experience’, meaning a guided tour in an open truck & trailer, which takes you around parts of the park where … More A Winter Visit to the Wildlife Park, Port Lympne
A couple of days ago we visited a leisure center in a nearby town, to go swimming. We’ve been there once before, about three months ago, so it wasn’t a completely new environment for Penguin, though still quite unfamiliar. And as usual when we come to places that Penguin’s not yet used to, he was … More A trip to the leisure center that nearly tipped our sensory scales
Today the weather is miserable, but earlier this week we spent a gloriously sunny and warm afternoon on a little outing to Camber Castle. With winter approaching, I’m desperate to soak up as much of the autumn sun as possible. But apart from that, there are a number of ways that in which I believe … More Learning through experiences: A royal example
In need of a kick? I might as well admit it straight away: I’m a person who needs an occasional kick up the backside, in order for things to get done. I’m pretty good at coming up with ideas, and not too bad at planning and making preparations either, but for some reason I often … More 50 things to do – for learning, for environmental enrichment, and fun!