Implementing play-based speech therapy sessions with toy sets is one of the best ways to target speech and language goals because kids stay engaged and don’t know they are even working! A cookie toy set in your speech therapy materials stash is awesome for any time of the year, especially for your baking or cooking-themed units. And, during December, it’s the holiday season when many families are baking cookies. This means using a cookie pretend play toys and activities is relatable to things your students are doing at home.
Where Can I Buy a Baking Cookie Toy Set for Speech Therapy?
There are a few different cookie toy sets available online. All of the ones I’m suggesting below can be found on Amazon, but you might be able to find them at stores like Target, too. The links below are Amazon affiliate links for your convenience.
Melissa and Doug Baking Play Set – you can use these tools and use playdough to make the cookies.
Play-Based Speech and Language Toy Companion Cheat Sheets
Need a cheat sheet guide to help you with targeting wh- questions, Tier II vocabulary, articulation, basic concepts, adjectives, and helpful therapy ideas for toys you use during play-based therapy? Grab this Toy Companion Cheat Sheet Guide for Prek-2nd grade and have stimulus targets mapped out for 45 different toys you probably already own and use daily.
Using a Cookie Toy Set in Play-Based Speech Therapy
- Discuss kitchen safety when cooking. Target negation for not, don’t, never. Work on the cause and effect of what happens if we get cookies out of the oven without protective gloves or not putting your fingers in the mixer when it is turned on.
- Practice decorating and serving cookies to partners to work on turn-taking and initiation of communication. Share opinions about if they like/don’t like the cookie, requesting milk to go with their cookies.
- Put the cookies “in” and “out: of a jar. Discuss “who” took a cookie out of the jar.
- Work on vocabulary and grammar skills while making pretend cookies. Practice sequencing the steps. Ask the students what happened first, middle, last.
- Talk about the social rules for baking (hygiene) and when/why you would prepare cookies for someone (party, death, thoughtful gift, etc.)
More Therapy Ideas Using a Cookie Toy Set
- Feed a stuffed animal or cut out the cookies while practicing speech or language targets.
- Put task cards out and have the students “find the” adjective, category, noun-function, etc. Have them put a cookie on the correct task card.
- Work on singular and plural nouns and noun-verb agreement with stuffed animals. Give the animals different items (cookies, oven mitt, rolling pin). Explain what each animal has or ask simple “who” questions.
- Have different problems occur during pretend play (burnt cookies, spatula drops, forget an ingredient) and discuss solutions to the problems.
- Sort items into different subcategories such as the spatula, cookie tray are kitchen utensils, flour, butter, sugar are food ingredients, and a mixer, and oven are appliances. Describe these items by attributes (i.e., category, noun-function, location, parts, size, textures, etc.)
More Toys to Use in Your Play-Based Speech Therapy Sessions
If you are loving all these toy ideas for play therapy, you can read more blog posts on some of my favorite toys to use in therapy.
When I pull out a toy knowing the purpose of how I will use it to cover goals, I feel confident with my therapy choice. It’s okay to put the worksheets away if you are FUNctionally using toys to target speech and language goals.
Your students will probably be more engaged with your lesson for the day!
Check out my favorite toys and 10 ways to use them in therapy:
Need More Baking Themed Speech Therapy Activities?
If you love planning speech therapy lessons using themes for preschool and elementary caseloads, join the Themed Therapy SLP membership. We provide book companions, cheat sheets, toy guides, themed flashcards, task cards, non-fiction passages, Google Slides, and more!
When you get the annual membership, you can access the baking theme and 35 other themes. On the monthly option, you can access baking from January to February.
How Do You Use a Baking Cookies Toy Set in Speech Therapy?
Do you have a fun way to engage your students with a baking cookies toy set in speech therapy? Share in the comments, tag me on Instagram @thedabblingspeechie, or email me at fe*********@th*****************.com.