Using a Play Kitchen in Speech Therapy

Jan 03, 2024

A food theme is a great theme to transition into the new year and a toy kitchen is the perfect way to bring that theme to life in your speech therapy sessions! Whether you use pretend food sets, a toy kitchen, or kitchen supplies/utensils found in your own kitchen, the speech and language skills are endless. Here are just a few ways you can work on these skills with your caseload:

Following Directions: set up a "restaurant" with your student. Have your student listen carefully to what you would like for lunch (e.g., I will first have some coffee and then I would like a cheese pizza; first cut the bread, then put some peanut butter on top).

Sequencing: use a variety of food play sets to work on the sequences on how to cook/bake different food dishes. E.g., how to bake a cake; how to make a sandwich, how to make pizza.

Spatial Concepts: practice spatial concepts IN (in the bowl, in the sink, in the oven); ON (on the plate, on the spoon, on the toast).

Basic Concepts: hot/cold, full/empty, small/big, hard/soft, sweet/sour.

Speech Sounds: S-BLENDS (e.g., stir, snack, smell, spoon, stove, scone); K SOUNDS (e.g., cut, cookie, can, bake), L-BLENDS (e.g., plate, blueberries, glass, clean, flip, blackberries), R-BLENDS (e.g., bread, crab, crumbs, tray, green beans, fruit, fries).

Syllable Segmentation: potatoes = 3 syllables, bacon = 2 syllables, peas = 1 syllable.

Initial/Medial/Final Sound Identification: pot - initial sound /p/, bun - final sound /n/.

Phoneme Segmentation: milk = 4 sounds, can = 3 sounds.

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