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:
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Find some more speech therapy ideas for the home here!