Jamboree: Sensory ideas to try at home

Here are a few ideas for sensory activities that you can try at home. These are inspired by our recent show Jamboree, which was created for and with young people labelled as having profound and multiple learning disabilities.

Bring music from the Balkans into your home
Enjoy musical vibrations by sitting close to or around high-quality speakers.

You may want to look up the following musicians: Taraf de Haïdouks, Esma Redžepova, Boban Marković, Ivo Papazov, Fanfare Ciocărlia, Iva Bittová, Věra Bílá

Voice cones
Make a voice cone big enough that the young person can place their head in the wider end. Put a mini speaker at the other end so they can be absorbed in sound. You can also try: humming, storytelling, sound effects and intensive interaction.

Light patterns
Create reflections using a torch – you might want to try inside a tent, to make a starry sky on the ceiling, or inside an umbrella. Shining a light on tactile sequin fabric works well.

Make noise together with objects found around the house or, like the audience in Jamboree, with strings of bells. Let the young person lead the jam session and only make sounds in response to theirs. Where available, use a microphone the young person can speak or make vocal sounds into.