I’m not huge on holiday-themed therapy plans (partially out of cultural sensitivity), but it’s difficult to resist with Halloween!
I found an idea for “Monster Stew” on Pinterest and decided to take it a step further.
Ages: as old as 12
- Medium-sized pumpkin
- Mr. Potato Head parts
- Towel (at least one)
- Sharp knife (store safely before play!)
- Large tupperware
- Glitter (optional)
- Washable Marker (optional) or washable dye
- Child-friendly tweezers (optional)
How to prepare:
Use the sharply-pointed knife to make holes.
Fill the tupperware with water and place the marker inside. Leave for a few hours to let the marker bleed into the water.
Add glitter and Mr. Potato Head parts to the water. I recommend placing the tupperware on the towel during use.
How to play:
Kids use the tweezers (or their hands) to get the Potato Head parts out of the “stew”. They then place the parts onto the pumpkin. I let the kids use whatever parts in whatever places – this gave me lots of language opportunities!
Example Speech & Language Targets:
- Phonology – pinch, got one, mouth, arms, etc.
- Receptive language – following directions, directions with propositions, pointing in response to “where” questions, etc.
- Expressive language – bound morphemes (arms, eyes, bigger, pumpkin‘s eyes), answering questions with prepositions (“Do ears go above his arms or below?”), etc.
- Social communication – making eye contact when requesting items or help, taking turns, pronouns (his or her eyes), etc.