Mr. Potato Head is one of the most popular toys here at AASL. Our Speech Language Pathologists commonly use this toy in therapy and are able to target numerous language goals with just this one toy! Have this toy in your child’s toy box at home? Well you’re in luck!
Here are some tips from our Speech Language Pathologists on how you can use this toy to increase your child’s expressive and receptive language skills!
- Identification: Children can demonstrate comprehension of concepts through identification such as pointing. When playing with Mr. Potato Head hold up two toy pieces for discrimination purposes and then ask them to identify or decipher between the two items. You can do this by asking them some comprehension questions such as “Where is the hat?” or “Touch the nose.” When a child points to the targeted object they are demonstrating that they understand what you said.
- Labeling: Labeling often is characterized by the child’s ability to use words to name items and concepts. When playing with Mr. Potato Head, name the body parts and clothing articles and have them imitate you. You can also ask them to label these body parts and clothing articles on themself for extra practice!
- Following directions: Scatter the pieces on the floor and turn following directions into a game! Start with just two to three pieces and give them simple verbal directions such as “get the ears” or “ get the blue shoes.” Once this becomes too easy for them, increase the “level” of complexity by adding more pieces for them to search through. Once the child can follow one step directions without difficulty then you can give them two step directions such as “get the nose AND the green hat!”Read More
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