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People as Helpers: Cook

Multi-sensory ideas for cooking in the kitchen with children who are blind or visually impaired.

Cooking offers many opportunities for children with visual impairments to learn new skills, through a variety of multi-sensory activities.  This is a partial list of some of the activities that can encourage sensory exploration in tactile, visual, auditory, smell and taste, as well as helping to develop beginning literacy and numeracy skills.



  • Feel bread and cake dough 
  • Feel flour, margarine, sugar, icing sugar, eggs
  • Whisk eggs, whisk cake mixture, make cakes, make bread mix (packet mix)
  • Feel bread dough rising and changing in shape. 
  • Feel difference in cake/bread when uncooked and then baked. 
  • Decorating Cakes
  • Wearing baker’s hat and overalls, hair net. 
  • Feeling the equipment used to bake with – plastic spatula, bowl, whisk, spoon, scales, cake cutters, tins, rolling pin. 
  • Rolling pastry. 
  • Make pastry shaped numbers or letters. 

whisking eggs and flourVisual

  • Contrasting cake equipment, in bright colours to ensure flour, eggs, etc stand out against bowl. 
  • Bright coloured chopping board to roll pastry out on. 
  • Bright coloured cake decorations. 


  • Whisking, beating eggs noise, dough being kneaded, tins rattling, sound of rolling pin on pastry being rolled. 


bread and cakesTaste

  • Taste bread and cakes



  • Smell bread and cakes



Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake, Bakers Man 
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, bakers man, 
Bake me a cake as fast as you can. 
Pat it and prick it, 
And mark it with B. 
Put it in the oven, 
For baby and me. 
Ten Fat Sausages 
Ten fat sausages, sizzling in the pan, 
Ten fat sausages, sizzling in the pan, 
And if one went POP! 
and the other went Bang! 
There’ll be eight fat sausages, 
sizzling in the pan, 
Eight fat sausages, sizzling in the pan. 
And if one went POP! 
and the other went BANG! 
Continue counting down until all the sausages have gone. 
The Queen of Hearts 
The Queen of Hearts, 
She made some tarts, 
All on a summers day. 
The Knave of Hearts, 
He stole those tarts, 
And took them clean away. 
Pancake Song 
Mix a pancake, 
Beat a pancake, 
Put it in a pan. 
Cook a pancake, 
Toss a pancake, 
Catch it if you can
Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, 
Lay a little egg for me. 
Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, 
I want one for my tea. 
I haven’t had an egg since Easter, 
And now it’s half past three. 
So, chick, chick, chick, chicken, 
Lay a little egg for me


cakes in numbers


  • Count cakes, slices of breads – feel shape of bread
  • Make bread in shape of numbers
  • Shapes of pastry cutters and tins, round, square, sort by shape and size.  
  • Cutting bread dough into sections to make bread rolls – counting number. 
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Two craft flowers
Activity and strategy

Planting Rainbows

The Love Bugs cover with the title and textured hearts.
Activity and strategy

Love Bugs Book

Plant in a small container with a large adapted visual on top in red for ease of viewing. A water sprayer is next to it.

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