Cooking and Kitchen Tools

Explore the kitchen to help students become familiar with using utensils safely and effectively.

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Mary Jane Clark and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

Cooking is an important life skill. Learning to navigate around a kitchen, become familiar with the tools, and understand the basics of following a recipe is a great start toward mastering this skill. This hands-on activity familiarizes students with measuring, reading/listening, sequencing, time and motor skills. Lessons include Independent Living and Career Development.

A working kitchen with a variety of kitchen utensils

Familiarize students with the kitchen. Allow students to explore the room. Encourage them to open drawers and cupboards and identify the objects in them. Be sure to cover safety issues, such as the appropriate handling of sharp knives.





Use a timer for baking, and have the students set it. If a timer is not available, use a braille or large print clock to determine when the item should be removed from the oven or stove.


Begin by simulating cooking skills, using water and flour to try out the different tools.  Work up to simple recipes requiring just a few ingredients, and eventually to recipes requiring more steps, as the students gain skills.


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