Sensory Sentence Starters

Use the five senses to create dazzling sentence starters. "Show don't tell!" Bring characters,conflict and settings to life in your stories by using sensory details.

Describe how things taste,smell,look,feel and sound by using concrete details to help readers form vivid mental pictures.

5 Senses

Describe what you feel

I felt ....

When I ran my hand along it, I ....

I enjoyed the feel of .....

When I touched .....

He was fingering .....

She fondled .......

I stroked .....

She felt his.....

I feel like a.....

They felt that the....

He was still feeling pain......


Describe what you hear

Standing quietly, I noticed.....

I heard .....

I could make out the sound of....

I listened closely to ....

I strained to hear ....

I overheard .....

Can you hear the.....

We overheard the conversation at the next table.....

She heard no further sounds.


Describe what you taste

My mouth watered as ....

I smacked my lips....

My stomach growled as .....

I tasted ....

I could taste ....

Describe what you see

I couldn't help but notice......

I gazed.....

Looking carefully, I noticed....

I was surprised to see....

I peered at ....

She eyed him suspiciously ....

I glanced .....

She peeked ....

They could still see their...

Many saw her as a....

I see great things for that child.

She sees only the....

If I have seen further....

My heart leaps when I behold...

I notice that....

I saw the pots....


Describe what you smell

Breathing deeply, I noticed ....

I sniffed at ....

The aroma of ....

I inhaled the scent of ....

I could smell .....

Scent rising like.....

The air smelled like.....

As malodorous as a....

........smelled like

Smelled like something......

Smells fresh as.........

A stale smell like.....

There was a foul reek of something......


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