Speech Therapy
Muffin Tin

The muffin tin is one of my all-time, favorite “toys” which I found for $.50 at a garage sale. I’m pretty sure you can pick one up at the dollar store, or most likely already one in your house. I enjoy the mini tins since toddlers can use them easily. 

A muffin tin is really all speech language therapist’s dream “toy!” for 3 reasons:

  1. It can be used with almost any goal
  2. It’s naturally motivating (children love put things into things)
  3. You get 12 repetitions instantly!

Enjoy all my speech therapy ideas using a muffin tin!

How To Use A Muffin Tin For Therapy

For articulation:

Articulation therapy is therapy that works on saying sounds correctly. 

Pick an object around the house with the targeted sound. For example, you might find 12 toy cars if you are working on initial /k/. For young children, just prompting children to say "car" with a good /k/ sound to get a car and then they can place the car in the muffin tin. That's it! Believe it or not, it is super motivating. 

For older children, you may have to be a bit more creative. Let's keep our /k/ or "car" example. You can say that each muffin tin a car garage. The child has to say "car" (if they are at the single word level) to get a car or "car in garage" (if the child is at the phrase level) to receive a car to put in the garage.

Easy. Done.

If you are unsure if your child needs to be working on speech skills, check out our speech development and intelligibility page for some norms!

For Language: 

Using a muffin tin to target language skills is easy but may take a bit more preparation.  

For example, if you are working on colors...all you have to do is find 12 objects of varying colors to be placed in the muffin tin!

If you are working on descriptors, you might want to find hard, soft, small, large, bumpy objects such as rocks, marbles, cotton balls, balls, etc... Have the child describe the attribute of each object before putting them in the muffin tin.

The overall theme is to find 12 objects that fit the language targets.

Again. Easy. Done.

If you are unsure what language skills your child should be working on, don't forget to try our free screeners!

Sample Goals


  1. /b/: Say “ba” as you place a ball in each tin
  2. /k/: Say "block" as you put a block in each tin
  3. /t/: Say "tea" as you find 12 tea bags for your tin
  4. /m/: Say "m&m" as you put one piece of candy in each tin and have fun eating them after!
  5. /g/: Say “gum” as you place a stick of gum in each tin

You get the idea! The best part is you get 12 reps of a sound and your child doesn't even know they are working on articulation. 

Early Language Goals

  1. Colors:Name colors of blocks as you place one in each tin
  2. Animals:(categories) - Name each animal as it takes its “nap” in a tin
  3. Counting: Count to 12 as you put a rock in each tin
  4. Verbs: Practice "shake" and "jump" as you shake all the rocks in the tin and watch as they "jump" out
  5. Vocabulary/Naming: Name different small obejcts that fit in your muffin tin

Advanced Language Goals

Below are some great speech therapy ideas that focus on sorting or sequencing language concepts!

Sorting: We can group things based on a feature such as color or size. Sequencing: We can practice first, second, and third sequence words.

  1. Size: Find small or big rocks for each tin
  2. Number: one tin has 1 bean, 2nd tin has 2, etc…
  3. Soft Attribute: Fill each tin with soft things such as cotton balls or baby socks
  4. Hard Attribute: Fill each tin with hard objects such as rocks or blocks
  5. Round: Find any object that is round and put it in the tin

Just in case you don't have one...you should get one!

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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. Follow Bridget at Facebook and Pinterest for more fun!

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