When you are looking for new speech therapy materials to use with your mixed groups, you want resources that will increase engagement, cover a LOT of goals, and are easy to adapt across ages and activities. Dinky doodad mini trinkets can help you plan engaging lessons that are effective for younger and older students. Nothing makes the school day drag on when you have back-to-back sessions where the kids think your lessons are boring. You can intentionally work on speech and language goals using mini trinkets and it does not feel like work to your students. Today, I am going to share how you can use dinky doodad mini trinkets in speech therapy to keep things motivating and productive in therapy!

Ways to Use Dinky Doodads With Your Favorite Toys

Dinky doodads in speech therapy can be used to teach pronouns using Mr. Potato Head

Use Mr. Potato Head, little people, stuffed animals, or the students in your group to work on pronouns with dinky doodads! For more ideas on how to use the toy, Mrs. Potato Head, check out this blog post.

You can have your students feed the mini trinkets to your toy figurines, practice basic concepts and work on wh-questions. 

Let your students pick out 5-10 mini trinkets that they want to use with the toy or stuffed animal. For example, if you used the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, your students can put the items in front of the potato heads. Then, your students can talk about “who” has the egg, donut, or corn? You can work on the correct pronoun marker or noun-verb agreement while creating sentences about what the Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head each has. 

Use Plastic Eggs or Surprise Toys With Mini Trinkets

If you have plastic eggs from the Easter season, save them to use all year long! Or, you can use these surprise party boxes (affiliate link included) to put the mini trinkets inside. Go on an egg hunt and stick trinkets inside the plastic eggs. After the kids find the eggs, they can sort the items by categories using my FREE category visuals.  Plus, you can work on the basic concepts in/out with a sentence frame “The _____ is in the egg.” If you need more ideas for working on categories and struggling with where to start in therapy, I have a great blog post with lots of tips you can see HERE.

Make A Dinky Doodads Speech Therapy Sensory Bin

Make an “I Spy” sensory bin! There are a lot of different ways to use this sensory bin. One way is to make an articulation station activity.  Seriously, this is probably my most used sensory bin and was the easiest to make once my dinky doodad order arrived!

You can also use this “I Spy” sensory bin to work on category groups and noun-function. Or you can use the sensory bin as an articulation station. 

dinky doodads in speech therapy to build articulation skills using these FREE articulation mats.

While you are working with other students in the group, have your students look for trinkets with their sounds. Then, they can practice using the trinket in a carrier phrase. Need these articulation mats? Click the pink button below for your FREE set. 

Visual Supports When Working on Articulation Sentence Productions

If you are needing visual support to work on speech sounds at the carrier phrase level, check out these visual sentence strips. They have pre-made sound-loaded carrier phrases so you can create silly sentences with mini trinkets. There is also a No Print version included with these sentence strips. 

dinky doodads speech therapy ideas using sentence frames for articulation and building language

How to Make a Buried Treasure Sensory Bin with Mini Trinkets

My second favorite sensory bin to use is my treasure hunt bin. I use kinetic sand and hide the dinky doodads in the sand. Check out this post to read more.

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How Do You Use Dinky Doodads in Speech Therapy?

I would love to know how you are using dinky doodads in speech! You know I am all about adding therapy ideas to my speech toolbox, so share in the comments or email me at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com with ways you are using these in therapy. 

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