Granny Torrelli Makes Soup Activities

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

''Granny Torrelli Makes Soup'' tackles the challenges of the blind, while encouraging respect, imparting wisdom, while showing how food plays an integral role in some culture's interaction. These activities will allow us to explore those central themes.

Respect for the Blind

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup explores the world of blindness through the eyes of one of its protagonists, Bailey. This assignment allows students to experience some of the challenges Bailey encountered in the book.


  • Blindfolds
  • Braille book


Take your students to an unfamiliar classroom for this activity, but blindfold each of them before they enter. You can find $1 scarfs at a local dollar store to use as blindfolds. Guide each of the blindfolded students to a desk. Ask the students not to talk and pass around the braille book.

After all students have touched the braille book, ask an unfamiliar teacher or administrator to help with this next activity. Instruct your helper to read the following questions a loud in an unfriendly tone: what's your name, favorite hobby, and favorite ice cream flavor?

Lastly, with help to prevent injury, guide the students around the room and allow them to feel different objects. For fun, have something gooey in a bowl that the students can feel such as batter or a gooey toy from the dollar store.

After the activities, ask students to write a 500-word essay about their experience. Tell them to answer the following questions in their paper:

  • If you were able to see as a kid, but all of a sudden became blind one day, how would you feel?
  • What were your thoughts about the braille book? Do you think you would be able to learn and use braille? Why or why not?
  • How did you feel about the tone of the speaker who asked you questions? Discuss the importance of facial expressions and non-verbal communication in face-to-face communication. What are some of the challenges blind people face without of these visual cues?

Food Enhances Communication

One major theme in Granny Torrelli Makes Soup is wisdom, which Granny Torrelli imparts on the characters while she's cooking. This activity allows students to experience the art of cooking and learn how food encourages and enhances communication.


  • Mixing bowl
  • Ingredients (may vary)
  • Computer


Use Granny Torrelli Makes Soup discussion questions on for this activity.

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