Featured Resource – Mr. Potato Head!
Mr. Potato Head is a fun and exciting game that many of us will remember from our own childhood! This toy is a fan favourite and is a priceless resource in any Speech Pathologist’s toolbox.
Some fun ways to use Mr. Potato Head:
- Early Language- Vocabulary: Mr. Potato Head is great for learning and labelling parts of the body, clothing, and colours. For example, eyes, nose, shoes, green, etc. It can also be used to learn about the function of body parts and clothing e.g. “what do we smell with?”, “what do we put on our feet before we go outside?”
- Early Language- Pronouns: Pronouns are words like he, she, his, hers, etc. For example, make two potato heads- labelling one a girl and one a boy and take turns deciding what each would like e.g. “she wants the purple lips!”, “he wants the orange shoes!”. You can also ask questions: “who has orange shoes?… he does.”
- Social Skills- Whole Body Listening: Mr. Potato Head is helpful for teaching children how they can listen with their whole body. For example: “Mr. Potato head uses his ears to listen to me, he keeps his arms resting by his sides and uses his eyes to look at me”.
- Early Language- Prepositions: Prepositions are words that describe location e.g. under, on, next to. Hide Mr. Potato Head pieces around the room and find where the parts have been placed: for example, “next to the door” or “on the table”.
- Following Directions: Focus on following directions using the language first, next, last etc. For example, “First put the hat on, then put the ears on.”
The best part about the game is that it can be learnt while playing and does not require a huge explanation. My clients request to play this game often!
This game can be purchased online here or at many good toy stores.
Please note: Melbourne Child Development is in no way affiliated with this resource and we do not receive any financial incentive to promote it (we just love it!).