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Using Braille in the Kitchen!

This activity uses braille labels and tactile symbols to create a braille recipe for children who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind

Braille can be included in kitchen fun!  My six-year-old Liam who is deafblind got to make rice crispy bars “by himself” today with a little help from mom.  I wanted a “kitchen” experience for Liam that included as much braille as possible in a meaningful way and also encouraged independence.  

liam holding butter
Reading braille on a tub of butter
liam holding marshmallows
Reading braille on bag of marshmallows

Materials

  • Tub of butter (labeled in braille) 
  • Bag of marshmallows (labeled in braille)
  • Microwave buttons (labeled in braille)
  • Rice Crispies (labeled in braille)
  • Bowl
  • Spatula 
  • Homemade recipe book that includes real-life objects and of course – braille!
Ingredients with braille labels
Ingredients with braille labels

*optional-ingredient list

**I added simple labels in braille. For example the tub of butter I only put the word “Butter” on it.  You can add more information on the label depending on your child’s needs/level.  

Procedure

  1. I had Liam help me gather all of the ingredients/materials we needed to make the treats.  He felt the braille labels on all of the food items as we brought them to the table. (He really enjoyed that!)
  2. First he had to put butter in the bowl. (He was not a fan of how sticky the butter was.)smiley
  3. Then he poured the marshmallows in the bowl.
  4. Next, he carried the bowl to the microwave and started the microwave (our microwave buttons are labeled in braille).
  5. Then, I helped him carry the now melted marshmallows to the table since they were warm.  I showed him how he could use the washcloth to put on the bowl so the warm bowl wouldn’t hurt his hand.  We talked about how the marshmallows had melted.  He then stirred the melted marshmallows.  
  6. Next, he added the cereal and stirred.  
  7. Now the best part: Tasting the treat!  smiley
Reading braille on cereal box
Reading braille on cereal box
liam pouring cereal in bowl
Pouring cereal into bowl
liam mixing ingredients
Pouring marshmallows into bowl
liam using microwave
Putting bowl in microwave
liam handling bowl with washcloth
Stirring melted ingredients

Creating a Recipe Book

After we made the treats together I showed Liam the recipe book and we read it together and discussed all the steps we went through to make rice crispy bars.  He read and reread the book several times that night and wanted to bring it to school the next day to share.  smiley

marshmallow cereal bars braille recipe book
Cover of Marshmallow Cereal Bars recipe book
marshmallow cereal bars braille recipe book
First pour marshmallows in bowl (and butter).
recipe book with a bowl on it
Now put bowl in microwave. Push 1 minute.
spatula page for recipe book
Next careful hot; bring bowl back to table; stir melted marshmallows
cereal page in recipe book
Next pour cereal into bowl; stir more
tactile recipe collage
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