Tips for Using a Pizza Toy in Speech Therapy
Updated: Sep 28, 2022
Have you seen the Melissa and Doug wooden pizza toy? If not you should check it out, it is a favorite in my speech room! It is a great way to incorporate an interactive toy into your food themed lesson plan! Check out the toy on Amazon by clicking here (affiliate link). Check out the pictures below to see how to EASILY use it to work on a variety of speech and language skills. I use it in mixed groups too!
Here is how I set up the session:
I take all of the topping off and tell my students they are the chefs and I am the customer. I divide up the slices between the students and tell them to make me a yummy pizza. When they deliver (across the room) the pizza, I hold the slices up to work on their objectives (see pictures below). When they are finished practicing each slice, I pretend to eat it (dramatically) and give them feedback about how I liked it (it was delicious, scrumptious, spicy, etc...). I repeat this several times in a 30 minute session (each time I tell them to use different toppings). I am able to get a TON of trials with this activity and the students LOVE it. I recommend it for prek-3rd grade students.
If we have time I have them use this "Design a Pizza" page. Click here to get the freebie. They can get creative with it! Some of my students like to design "silly" pizzas with non-food toppings and we laugh and discuss why we couldn't eat a pizza with spider toppings!
I hope you enjoy the tips on the images below. There are many more ways you can use this toy in therapy such as sequencing, requesting, and basic concepts. I hope you are able to implement some of them in your speech room.
P.S. I have several Pizza themed resources in my TPT store. Check them out!
One Page Pepperoni Speech Craft (Artic and Language)
Articulation Pizzas (artic only print & go/cut & paste craft)
Pizza Articulation BOOM Cards (digital)
Which One Doesn't Belong NO PRINT game (for iPad/tablet)
Build a Pizza Open Ended Game
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