Toiletries Set

By Activity Bank on Dec 10, 2013

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

A practical approach to teaching vocational skills to students with vision impairment and/or multiple disabilities is to assign students functional jobs within the school and home, and eventually within the community. That way, they can work on skills that will prepare them for real life and work life. This activity works on packaging, inserting, organizing and problem solving. Students can do this activity prior to a school overnight trip, or simply before swimming or gym class. Residential students can pack their toiletries bags before going home on weekends, while parents can have students do this activity prior to family trips. Lessons include Career Education, Independent Living, and Social Skills.


  • Toiletries bags
  • Toiletries containers (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Assembly tray


Provide toiletries in a sequential manner on an assembly tray. For example: toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, etc. Ask the student to:

  • Place one of each item into a toiletries bag.
  • Continue until all items have been packaged.
  • Close the bag by zipping or snapping it.


As a cooperative work activity each student may be responsible for placing one item in the bag.

Hint: Pay attention to organization. Many toiletries bags do not provide excess room. Items should be inserted in an organized manner so that the bag can be closed.

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