Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head In Speech Therapy

Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head In Speech Therapy

Do you remember playing with Mr. Potato Head as a kid? It was one of those toys that kept me busy for hours. Mr. Potato Head is a great toy to invest in for your speech therapy room. If you work with the prek-2nd grade crowd, this is for sure a crowd pleaser!
Using Mr. Potato Head in speech therapy is a great way to keep kids engaged while building speech and language skills

Why you should get a Mr. Potato Head For Speech Therapy

I love finding toys, games and resources that I can re-use over and over again in therapy. If I can think of MANY ways to use a toy in therapy, it is a winner in my book. So often, SLPs have mixed groups and need to adapt activities to incorporate articulation, fluency, social skills and language goals. It is truly an art to manage all that! Mr. & Mrs. Potato head allow students to explore, manipulate things with their hands, be creative and practice pretend play skills. When you have all those ingredients, a child’s willingness to communicate increases a TON!

Where to buy a Mr. Potato Head

You can find Mr. Potato Head on Amazon (amazon affiliate link for your convenience),Target and Toys R Us. Of course, I love using amazon prime to collect my toys. If you are a bargain shopper, you can always comb the Good Wills and garage sales for these classic toys. I recommend getting the Mr. Potato Head Silly Suitcase and the Mrs. Potato Head Silly Suitcase because it comes with a lot of variety for the price. Plus, I think the suitcase is very easy to store all the parts and keep organized in my speech materials closet. I do have my eye on some of the Star Wars Mr. Potato Heads and will probably get those next year with my speech budget!

Fun ways to use Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head in speech therapy to keep your students engaged and motivated to communicate!

Ways to use Mr. Potato Head in speech therapy

1. For my students working on turn taking and collaborative play, I give the box filled with body parts to one student and the potato to the other student. One student has to initiate with the peer to get the items that he/she would like to add to the potato head. We work on making comments after a friend asks for an item.

Use Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head in speech therapy to target a variety of speech and language goals!

This activity can teach the expected social rules, turn taking, taking in the group, following your peer’s plan vs. your own plan and so much more!

2. Work on body parts! This is a early developing category group that children should learn. Have the students request the item that they want for their potato head. You can work on the noun-function for each body part, where you can find certain clothing items and where clothing items belong on the potato’s body.

Mr. Potato Head Speech Therapy-How to use Mr. Potato Head in speech therapy to cover multiple goals

3. Target descriptive language with teaching adjectives. Describing items by color is an easy way to build adjectives and MLU! For example, you can have the students say “Mr. Potato Head has blue shoes.”

Mr. Potato Head speech therapy. A great toy for speech therapy

4. Work on “who” questions with Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head. First, have your therapy group request and work with their peers to build the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads. Then, find items in your therapy room to use with the potato heads. I used these fun trinkets from Dinky Doodads to use with this activity. Then, I asked my students “who” questions. For example, I laid out three items between both of the potato heads. I then asked “Who has a donut?” This was a great way to work on the beginning stages of understanding what “who” is asking.

5. Build grammatically correct sentences with noun-verb agreement. For my students with limited MLU’s or grammar errors, I used Mr. Potato Head to work on parts of speech, especially noun-verb agreement.

6. Practice articulation with carrier phrases and sentences. Grab a set of pictures with your student’s sound and have them make sentences with silly Mr. Potato Head sentences. I use sound words from my Any Craft Companion Set. You can do Mr. Potato Head ate ______, Mr. Potato Head sat on a ______ or Mr. Potato Head watched a/an __________.

7. For my students working on basic concepts and following directions, I use Mr. Potato Head a couple of ways. I will hide the body parts around the room. The students have to ask for clues using basic concepts to figure out where I put them. Is there a piece under the table, behind the box, near the door, etc.? I will also work on first, next, last and before and after with my students. Before you put on the pink ears, put on the orange nose. It is a great way to also collect data during the session!

Need more ideas for Mr. Potato Head

If you want some more therapy ideas, I found a blog post from Speech Room News that you can read about HERE! Speech For Kids has a great post too that you can read HERE! How do you like to use Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head in speech therapy? Share in the comments below.

Toss Across Game In Speech Therapy

Toss Across Game In Speech Therapy

Games are a great way to engage students while teaching a skill. The Toss Across Game is a favorite game of mine for speech therapy. It is a great way to get the kids out of their seats. Plus, there are a lot of ways to adapt the Toss Across Game for speech therapy goals

Need a new game to incorporate in speech therapy? Use toss across game in speech therapy to get your students up and moving.Where To Find The Toss Across Game

You can snag this fun game at amazon (amazon affiliate links included).  Target or Walmart may have this game too. You can also look for these games at Goodwill and garage sales. I found a great one at a garage sale and now have two, one of each of my sites.

How To Play The Toss Across Game

This game can be played on the ground or on a table.  It isn’t super huge, so you could bring this along from site to site if you are a traveling SLP. It is 17 x 10.5 x 4.5 inches and very light weight.  It comes with 6 mini bean bags as well.  When you toss a bean bag and it hits a square, it will either be an X, O or a blank.  Whoever gets a tic tac toe wins the game, but the other opponents can knock out your X or O and change the status of the game.  You can also hit more than one square with one toss.

toss across speech therapy- great ways to use with speech and language goals.

Ways To Use The Toss Across Game In Speech Therapy

Toss Across can be used in a variety of ways in speech therapy. Here are some ways that I enjoy adapting this game in therapy.

use the toss across game in speech therapy to adapt goals for students!

I love writing numbers on post it notes and placing them on the X’s and O’s. When a person hits an X or O that has a number on it, that is how many times they have to say their speech sound. Or it could be how many questions they have to answer or how many attributes they have to describe about an item.

use the toss across game in speech therapy to cover lots of goals!

I used my Fall Grammar & Vocabulary Pack to work on verbs and putting together simple sentences by taping the cards to the “blank” spots of the toss across game.  If the bean bag hits a square and spins a picture card, the student has to create a sentence with the picture.

use toss across game in speech therapy to work on social skills.

Tape a Q for question and an A for answer. When a student hits a Q, they have to ask a peer a question. If a student hits an A, they have to answer a question from a peer. SLPs can also have students add information before they take a turn to work on staying on topic or adding a though to a topic.

Additional Ways To Play Toss Across In Speech Therapy

  • Playing the game as a reinforcer is always a great option.  The turns are so quick, that you can get a lot of practice in between rounds.  Sometimes I do drill and kill for 5-10 minutes, then let the kids play for 2-3 minutes, then we are back at it again with practice.
  • Tape point cards to the game pieces and play a point style game.  Whoever has the most points at the end wins!  This would be used as a reinforcer for whatever speech or language target the student is working on.
  • Work on categories with this game.  Again, tape pictures of different items in a category and the student has to name and describe the item by attributes.
  • Practice turn taking, waiting, and the expected vs. unexpected behaviors for winning/losing a game.  Have the students pair up into teams to work on making encouraging comments when their peer does an awesome shot.

Have a great way you use this game in speech therapy? Leave a comment below or email me at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com

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