It can be difficult to know how to approach the sense of SIGHT in a Sensory Story because Sensory Stories are about experiencing the story in the body - and sight is often experienced outside of the body.
Storytellers talk of creating images in the mind's eye - but Sensory audiences aren't always able to do this. A storyteller who writes children's books, may have beautiful illustrations, but again these aren't necessarily accessible to our audiences. Showing them a picture just isn't going to cut it.
So, what I do, is I try to bring beauty in with the sense of SIGHT. I handpick my objects, materials and props with the idea that they should be pleasing to the eye. This won't do it for every audience member (many of my audience members are visually impaired) but, for some, it will add an extra layer of wonder to the experience.
So how to do this?
Well, for me, it's about bright colours, or colours that look beautiful. Maybe improving the look of something - turn your fan into a rainbow fan for example. Or decorate your bubble machine. Try to bring fun and colour and visual stimulation to each prop and experience as much as you can. This is where you get to be really creative - so enjoy it and make it pretty (or striking, or vibrant, or in keeping with your theme and the experience you want your children to have.)
Vicky McFarland is a storyteller and writer based in Northern Ireland. She tells stories all around the country as well as providing story and creative writing resources. Visit her website www.taletime.co.uk to find out more about Vicky's Sensory Stories.