Create an indoor sensory ponder patch

A ponder patch is a space that you go to for the purpose of enjoying nature. A place where you can be in the moment and watch the world around you.

But it’s not always easy to actually get outside. We have teamed up with the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) to produce this multi-sensory indoor activity. It’s a wonderfully accessible way for everyone to notice nature no matter your ability or circumstances.

When we take a bit of time to sit quietly and watch nature, it’s amazing what we notice. Research shows taking time out in nature (even just looking at pictures or views) is a really great way to reduce anxiety and stress, whilst giving you a quick fix of vitamin ‘N’ (nature), making us more focused and happier.

Watch the video below made by SCLD to help take you on a multi-sensory nature adventure indoors from the comfort of your house.


© Lyndsay Mark

What you will need:

  • A view of nature perhaps from a window or on TV
  • A fan or an open window
  • Water mist spray (optional)
  • Some natural objects like flowers, pine cones and leaves (optional)
  • Your imagination

How to create a ponder patch:

  1. There is no definite way or formula. The important thing is taking five minutes to appreciate the feeling that nature can bring.
  2. Try thinking about your senses when looking out the window perhaps remember past experiences or try to recreate them again.
  3. Recreate nature experiences by thinking about your senses; bring things that smell and feel nice indoors like flowers, surround yourself with attractive natural objects or even have a nature scene play in the background from your computer, phone or TV. Watch your stress levels decrease.
  4. Theme your ponders – think about seasonal changes, watch the birds on a feeder, admire the different colours of flowers, look at the clouds and the shapes they make or simply enjoy the fresh air from a window and warmth of the sun on your skin.
  5. Repeat as often as you like. Become aware of your body and how you’re feeling and you’ll get to know when you need some vitamin N.



This activity has been created in partnership with SCLD and Scottish Badgers
as part of Scottish Learning Disability Week and Mental Health Awareness Week 2020.


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Time to complete

10 mins

Suitable for age

Suitable location

Resource Level

Curriculum linked

Health and wellbeing (mental; physical)

Sciences (biology; ecology; natural history)


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