Theme Based Activity to support Sensory Development – Cook

Here I share some ideas to support and encourage sensory exploration in tactile, visual, auditory, smell and taste around the theme of the Cook, 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.

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.


Taste bread and cakes


Smell bread and cakes, fruit and any other foods, spices etc.



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.


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