Mr. Potato Head has been in my speech therapy bag since I started working back in 1993. It is a great toy to work on body parts….asking your little one to locate various body parts…..or you name the body parts during play. I am sure to use the strategies of self talk and parallel talk (filed under the TEACH ME TO TALK PAGE above) in order to enhance language development. Remember when playing with your little one…you can encourage language development by using self talk and parallel talk.
Be sure to……have fun with your little one by making mistakes and being the “silly mama” (this is also a strategy I use during therapy…..and you will find this strategy under the TEACH ME TO TALK PAGE). When you are the silly mama….you make mistakes during play to see if your child will either verbally or non-verbally tell you that you made a mistake. What does that mean…..try putting Mr. Potato Head’s shoes on his head….does your child verbally correct you by saying NO…..or does she non-verbally tell you by putting the shoes under Mr. Potato Head.
I also like this toy when working on spatial concepts such as: on, above, under, on the side, next two, between. You can also address color concepts when working/playing with Mr. Potato Head. Mr. Potato Head is helpful when working on concepts such as: you need your eyes to see, your nose to smell, and your ears to hear.
Be sure to look under categories….for speech at home….here you will see some examples of what a typical speech and language therapy session looks like.
And remember to have fun with your little one or big one!