Speech Therapy Toys
I work primarily with preschoolers and am always on the lookout for new therapy materials. Here are some of my favorites.
Big Red Barn
A classic toy with endless possibilities! As
students play with the animals and barn, it’s
easy to incorporate concepts such as
“under”, “above”, “front”, “back”, “in”,
“out”, and more. Comes with several
animals and a farmer.
This is a huge hit with my Pre-K students! You put a coin or token in the dog's dish, press a button, and he eats it up. There are so many phrases you can model and teach with this toy, such as "want more", "all gone", "eat up", etc.
Melissa & Doug's Reusable Sticker Pads
With so many possible therapy targets, from vocabulary to basic concepts to describing,
Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pads are a fantastic investment for any SLP!
Kids love creating their own scenes with the stickers and telling about what they’ve made.
Can be used over and over!
Squawk! The Egg-splosive Chicken Game
You press on the chicken’s chest, it squawks, and every so often it will lay an egg! I use this with my Pre-K students while working on artic or doing assessments. After the student has completed so many trials,
they get to press on the chicken until it lays
an egg. It’s a huge thrill!
This balance is terrific particularly for teaching “more”, “less”, “same”,
“different”, “heavier” and “lighter”! It is also great for concept-based directions
(e.g., “show me three monkeys”, etc.).
Another classic toy with so many uses! Great for dramatic play, this set can be used to teach food and cooking vocabulary as well as quantitative concepts (you can cut the food in half, which leads to the concepts "half", "whole", "some", "all", etc.
Cat and Mouse Bank
Another huge hit with my preschoolers! You put a token or coin in the train, press a button, and the mouse goes around the cat and deposits the token. Children are highly motivated to imitate short phrases modeled for them, such as "bye-bye mouse", "all gone", "need more", mouse comes back", etc.
Hungry Dino Grabbers
I use this to work on descriptive words, such as colors, shapes, and sizes. The student uses the dino grabber to snatch one of the little dinosaurs and then has to describe what he caught (e.g., "big yellow dinosaur", "long green dinosaur", etc.).
Primary Concepts: In, On, Under
Students enjoy using the manipulatives to build the pictures while practicing their spatial concepts. After practicing with the pictures, I take the pictures away and give the students a spatial direction to follow to make sure they've mastered the concepts.
Feeding this bunny is lots of fun! It comes with an assortment of paper food and makes chewing noises as you feed it. This is another toy that is great for stimulating a variety of short phrases, such as "What do you want?", "want more?", "eat up!", "orange carrot", etc.