Following Directions & Baking Cookies

Fox Therapy Services • THE BLOG •

How many times throughout your child’s daily routine do you ask them to complete a task? Telling your child ‘Sit down’ or telling them something more complex like, ‘Sit down, put your shoes on, and then put your jacket on’ are all asking him/her to  follow directions. In terms of speech and language, following directions is focused on a child’s receptive language or to put it simply, what the child understands. Following directions is an essential functional skill for a child to develop and there are several ways you can practice with your kiddo at home. 

Do you have a passion for baking, and you would love to share that passion with your child? How about baking together?! Baking cookies can be a fun and fantastic way to practice following directions. 


When we read a baking recipe it is essentially a list of directions that we must follow in order to successfully bake cookies. If we mess up or do not read one direction and follow it correctly the result can be very different from what we anticipate. When a child does not understand a direction given to them the result can also be something different than what we expect. Beginning with one-step directions is a good place to start while baking with your kiddos. An example would be telling your child, ‘Get a bowl out.’ If that direction is too difficult you can help your child by guiding them to the cupboard, putting your hand over theirs and opening a cupboard, then pulling out the bowl together. After you complete the direction together you can reinforce the action by cheering for your kiddo and even saying, ‘Yay! You got the bowl!’.  You can continue with these simple one-step directions throughout the entirety of cookie making. Baking cookies might take a little extra time but will sure be worth it to teach your kiddo how to follow directions!



Once one-step directions have been mastered by your child, you can give them a multi-step direction to follow. You can tell your child to ‘Take the bowl out and set it on the table’. Once they successfully follow your directions be sure to reinforce the success with your preferred reinforcement, whether it is a high five or a big cheer. For kid’s still working to master multi-step directions sometimes having a visual aid to support the directions you are giving them can be very helpful. 


With warmth and gratitude,

The Fox Team


More Posts

Three Ways to Practice Verbs

  Looking for some fun ways to help your child work on verbs? Here are 3 fun things to try! These activities are great to help your child work on learning and using verbs in sentences, but also to work on very tensing. All activities can be used to work on future, present, and past

Great Ways to Practice Turn- Taking

As children make their way through early childhood, they begin to develop conversation skills. For children to effectively participate in social communications with family and their peers, turn-taking is an important skill to develop. When we use language to have conversations, we are essentially taking turns between communication partners. One great way to provide language

Sensory Bins For Speech

You may be familiar with the word sensory and sensory bins if your kiddo has received occupational therapy treatments. Sensory bins most often aim to provide appropriate tactile input for your child’s needs. These bins are also a super fun activity to support speech and language goals for your kiddo. You can make these bins

5 Motivational Ways to Practice Speech at Home

Practicing speech and language at home is just as important as practicing speech and language in therapy sessions. Practicing at home provides an opportunity for more generalization of skills across settings. When we talk about skills generalizing, what we mean is that the skills your child practices in a structured therapy session are used not

Send Us A Message