Top 10 Toys

The clinic is full to the brim with toys and resources, but still we like to purchase new things when we see them!  Here is our (current) list of Top Ten Toys for speech therapy (0-6 yrs).  You will notice some old favourites and some newcomers to our list.


1. Tips Ahoy! by Melissa & Doug




This is a great game for 4 yrs and over.  You need to balance wooden pirate pieces on a ship and then move a bumpy or calm sea card across the water.  See how many pirates can stay on!

How do we use it?  Motivation for different articulation goals,  ‘p’ or ‘r’ (pirate) or ‘s’ (seas) phoneme goals.


2.  Animal Hospital by Parents


This box has 6 animals that can be put in a cage and locked with a different key.  Key colours match door colours.  There are also some vet instruments included.

How do we use it?  Animal sounds, imaginative play, phoneme ‘k’ (key) or (sick).


3.  Mix and Match Flower Garden by Just Like Home – Toys R Us

flower set

Six flower stems can be planted in a plastic planter pot.  The petals and leaves can be changed around.  Why not add some plastic insects and pair of gardening gloves to your play?

How do we use it?  Verbs (dig, put),  Location words (in,out), Phonemes fl (flower) or l (leaf), imaginative play and garden vocabulary.


4. Whose Nose? by ELC

whose nose

Six animal cards with missing noses.  Reach into the bag and pull out a nose to fit onto the correct card.

Great for 2 years and up.

How do we use it?  Animal sounds/signs,  Phoneme n, s (nose).


5.  Pop it in the Post by ELC


Six ‘envelopes’ with matching stamps and letters to be posted.  The envelope has an animal to be matched to the stamps and letters.  All kinds of ways to play this game with and without the dice.  Opening and closing the postbox is very exciting!

How do we use it?  Matching, Location (on, in), Phonemes p (post), n (in,on), l (letter) st (stamp).


6. Chipper Chat by Superduper Inc.


chipper chat

There is a whole range of different Chipper Chat kits.  We have the Artic Chipper Chat which has sound loaded scenes for k,g,l,f,s,sh,ch,r and more.  Most children adore using the magic wand to pick up the magnetic coins!

How we use it – Articulation goals, phonological awareness (initial sounds) and motivation.


7. DK  My First Animals

DK animal cards


There are about 12 animals  in this set.  Each one is on stiff cardboard with a touchy/feely patch.  The cards are large for little hands and can take a lot of rough treatment. Great for posting games with toddlers.

How we use them – animal sounds and names. Imitation skills.

8.  Birthday Cake (or Cut-Up Fruit)

birthday cake

There are many cut and play versions of this birthday cake available.  All of them have velcro pieces to stick the cake together and holes to insert the candles.  You can use them with children 2 years and older.

How we use it – Imitation skills (blowing out candles, cutting and sticking pieces),  Phoneme k (cake, candle, cut), action songs (happy birthday).


9.  Zingo Bingo



Zingo Bingo has a few different versions now – numbers, sight words, CVC words and early vocabulary.  Most children 3 years and up enjoy using the magic ‘machine’ where the tiles pop out ready to be matched to a bingo card.

How we use it – Phonological awareness, early matching and some articulation targets.

10.  Mr Potato Head by Hasbro

mr potato head

What can we say?  One of the best tools for those working in early intervention.


Happy playtime!  Let us know your favourites!



Cafe Imaginative Play

Term 2 has started and we have a new Cafe theme for our waiting room.



We have a ‘coffee machine’ for kids to make cappuccinos and espressos!  There are also free cupcakes.

Kids love preparing the ‘takeaway’ coffees or cups of tea.  Developing pretend play skills is often an integral part of any speech therapy programme so we like to give families ideas for themes at home.  Use your own plastic cups, empty tea/coffee packets, trays and real/pretend cakes and you are set.

Lots of vocabulary to learn – cups, spoon, muffin, stir, hot, all gone, more, yum, mum’s coffee ….


Our talented therapist Anne, has sewn these tea bags.


We have collected some recyclables to make it more fun.


and downloaded a menu.


Why not re-enact a cafe at home, after a visit on the weekend?  Take home those play props and perhaps use an apron for the barista dressup!

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‘SH’ Home practice sheets


These are some simple one page sheets for practicing ‘sh’ sounds in words.  On each page is a key with the target word/phrase highlighted.

Download and play for free!

1.  Stick cotton wool onto the sheep – click here

2.  Treasure island with stick on shells, shark and more – click here

3.  Whose shoes?  Match the correct shoes to their owners – click here

4.  Add some fish to a goldfish bowl – click here

5. Put some clothes into the washing machine. – click here!


godlfish bowl



Books with ‘r’ sounds

r books


Over at our other blog, Speech Bookshelf we have a number of book lists for children working on articulation.  Our latest entry is about books with ‘r’ sounds.  Click here to check out these books suitable for 5 years and up.  You can also look at other book lists for vocabulary or first words users!

polly parrot rascal really rude rhino






Book Review – Clarrie’s Pig Day Out

clarries pig day out

Clarrie Pig’s Day Out by Jen Storer is a fabulous book for phonological awareness!

Clarrie is the main character – a thin, tall man who drives his car, has afternoon tea with a friend and then buys some chickens.  This book is beautifully illustrated and appeals to young children. At nearly 30 pages, it is ideal for 5-8 year olds with good attention skills.  The text is large and all the rhyming words have been highlighted in a scrabble-letter font.

The premise of the story is that Clarrie keeps getting his words mixed up!

“I go to the moo shop. I mean the goo shop.  No, no no! I go to the shoe shop.  I buy some shiny new dumb boots.”

All the way through the book, there are opportunities to talk about;

  1. rhyming words

“I hit a huge pump, stump, no! bump in the road’

You can start generating more rhyming words as an activity here.

2. guessing if the word is right or not

“A bunch of noses?”

Let’s think – is it noses or roses?  You can put these words into the sentence to see which one might be right.

3.  word families and spelling rules

“In town I park my jar under a flea.  It’s a hot day and there’s shade under the flea, no! sea no! tree.”

You can generate lots of ‘ee’ words and talk about their different spelling.  ea – flea, sea.  ey – key.  ee – tree, see, bee.

4.  The highlighted rhyming scrabble letters and often CVC words making them easy for early readers.  Why not use your own Scrabble (magnetic) letters to spell these words and then change them around to another word in the family?

And that’s the end of the glory!