Making time for play therapy in your lesson plan is a great way to have your student work on their language in a functional and engaging way. Kids love to play, and they also love pizza! Which makes these pizza toy sets a must-have tool for your speech therapy session. Use these pizza toy sets to target a variety of language and speech goals through play!
Where Can I Buy a Pizza Toy Set for Speech Therapy?
There are a few different pizza 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 in which I receive a small commission when you click at no additional cost to you.
It can be fun to play pizza delivery or eating at a pizza restaurant with this Melissa and Doug Wooden Pizza Counter. If you want a felt version, there is this set for under $20. Working on pretending to go to a pizza party, you can grab this pizza party set HERE. For a more tactile pizza play activity, you can use the Playdoh pizza set.
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 25 different toys.
You can save brain energy while effectively using toys to target your student’s speech or language goals. Use these cheat sheets so that you can have FUN in therapy too!
Using a Pizza Toy Set in Play-Based Speech Therapy
A pizza toy set can be used to target so many speech and language skills! Listed below are some of my favorite ways to engage children in these skills:
1. Use the pizza toppings and pieces to work on following directions and sequencing the steps to make a pizza.
2. Describe the ingredients and sort the items into category groups: appliances, utensils, food, meat, veggies, dairy, etc.
3. Put the pizza toppings on flashcards and students pick a topping. Then, have the student practice their target. Use silly sentences such as “The rabbit ate the pepperoni.”
4. Practice turn taking and perspective taking by having the child prepare a pizza for someone else. Work on initiation for questions and comments.
5. Have things go wrong while making the pizza by having it burn, dropping the pizza, running out of toppings, and expressing dislike such as yuck for toppings.
More Therapy Ideas Using a Cookie Toy Set
6. Act out different verbs and vocabulary with gestures such as devour, smell, hot, chew, mix, etc.
7. Talk about which pizzas have more/less/few/none.
8. Discuss the social rules for going to a pizzeria.
9. Use toppings for phonological awareness cues or tapping out multi-syllabic words.
10. Have your students feed different items pizza. You can work on building sentences, answering “who” and “what” questions and turn taking.
More Toys to Use in Play Therapy
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:
How Do You Use a Pizza Toy Set in Speech Therapy?
Do you have a fun way to engage your students with a pizza toy set in speech therapy? Share in the comments, tag me on Instagram @thedabblingspeechie, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.