Speech Therapy Idea: Candy

Enjoy my speech therapy idea using candy!

I don't have a sweet tooth, luckily! So, our house is full of extra candy until one day it hit me...candy is a perfect speech therapy tool. It is cheap and is usual found in every household. Candy is also small, colorful, and full of different textures. 

I am not endorsing eating candy during therapy. We don't want over sugared children with all that processed sugar. However, I find, most children are engaged with the shiny wrappers and crinkly paper. Most aren't begging to eat the candy!

The possibilities of using candy are only limited by you imagination!

Sample Goals


  1. /k/: Say "candy" as you throw candy in a "bucket" (two /k/ here!)
  2. /th/: Say "throw" as you throw candy
  3. "ch": Say "catch" as you throw and catch candy 
  4. /g/: Say "go candy" as you push candy down a homemade slide with a book or box
  5. /t/: Say "eat” as you feed a bear candy or yourself :)

Early Language Goals

  1. Colors: Name colors of each candy wrapper
  2. Directions: Give a direction to a hidden piece of candy, "look under cup"
  3. Counting: Count the number of candies you can grab in one hand
  4. Verbs: Practice "eat" as you feed candy to a favorite doll
  5. Shapes:Name shapes of candies

Advanced Language Goals

Below are some great ideas to use for children who are working on later developing concepts.

  1. SizeOrganize candy by size (small, smaller, smallest)
  2. Matching: Find 2 candies that are the same.Find 2 candies that are different
  3. Soft Attribute: Put all the squishy candies in one bucket
  4. Hard Attribute: Put all the hard candies in another bucket
  5. Scavenger Hunt: Hide candies around the house. Give descriptive cues of where to find them

Find some more speech therapy ideas for the home here!

Bridget is an ASHA certified, practicing speech language pathologist. She is passionate about providing parents with information on child speech and language development as well as provide functional, easy activities to do at home! Parents have the power to make a real difference.

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