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The Value of Baking as A Multisensory Activity

Updated: Feb 4

Baking is a great example of a multisensory activity that you can do with your children. It involves six senses. For example, children can:

  • Touch, learning how different ingredients feel. Flour feels different from sugar or salt, for example.

  • Taste, learning how different ingredients taste. Not all “white” ingredients taste the same. Try a sample of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar.

  • Smell, learning how different ingredients smell.Many flavorings have pleasant, unique scents.

  • See, using visual discrimination when observing the differences in texture of ingredients or evaluating the degree of doneness for a bakery product.

  • Hear, the sounds that baking tools and equipment make. They can even hear some foods cooking—think “snap, crackle, and pop.”

  • Move, developing proprioception, a “sixth sense” that enables them to manage bodily movements a fluid and coordinated manner. Proprioception develops from handling baking tools and equipment as well as from working with others in a confined environment such as a kitchen. Later, they will use this sense when working in a science lab with a partner.

When considering activities to engage in with your children, consider baking, and reap the multisensory benefits noted above.

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