Tiny Objects for Articulation

by Christy Callaghan
(Nipomo, CA)

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A fresh and fun activity that I have been doing in speech therapy is called Tiny Objects for Articulation.

This is an activity that targets articulation development. Basically, each phoneme has a set of miniatures to use for articulation practice.

Although I created this activity for articulation therapy, I have also used it to practice fluency/stuttering strategies, syntax, categories, and EET. This game is flexible!

I have been putting together this activity for a while. I wanted to ensure that there were enough miniatures to make therapy sessions productive!

I had a storage container with small drawers that I found at a thrift store. But, these containers can be purchased at any hardware store. They are usually used to organize and store screws, nails, etc. Mine was a bit dingy, but some orange spray paint took care of that!

Next, I used sticker letters from my scrap-booking stash on the front of each drawer to designate a space for the phonemes, and some blends. I then collected little things for each phoneme to store in these drawers.

The objects are from Lego, Playmobile, bead shops, doll house websites, and our family toy collection. I always keep an eye out when I am shopping for things that will not only fit in the drawers, but also suit my needs for this activity.

Here is how I use it in therapy. Students are given a drawer with their target sound. During their turn, the student says each word so many times, or in a sentence, or a silly sentence with two words, etc. Then the next student goes.

We go around and around until all the miniatures from the drawer are used for practice.

This is a favorite in speech class!

A goal that can be targeted during this activity might look like this:

By DATE, STUDENT will correctly produce PHONEME in the THERAPY / CLASSROOM/ETC setting at the WORD / PHRASE / CONVERSATIONAL / ETC level with 80% accuracy in 4/5 trials as measured by observation and data collection. CCSS ELA SL GRADE.1

or, with real words:

By 12/1/2015, Christy will correctly produce /s/ in the therapy setting at the word level with 80% accuracy in 4/5 trials as measured by observation and data collection. CCSS ELA SL 2.1

I hope you enjoy this idea!

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May 12, 2015
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tiny objects
by: Nancy

I have been collecting for years and if you have children at home, the amount of stuff that collects in those "junk drawers" help starry my collection. I also went through Michael's craft store, dollar stores and put out an S.O.S. in our school newsletters asking parents if they were cleaning out their kid's playrooms, don't throw the things away, I would be happy to go through it. I got all kinds of things for free and more than filled my bags. Before you know it, you will have loads!

May 12, 2015
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Great idea!!
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Thank you...so excited to try this activity with my kiddos!!

May 12, 2015
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Inspired!
by: Anonymous

Awesome to see. This was a required project for my bachelor's degree graduating class MAAAAAANy years ago! I used it quite a bit until the tiny objects were lost. I'm inspired to start a fresh collection now :)

May 12, 2015
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Tiny object list?
by: Carrie

Great work! The final product looks wonderful. Any chance you could share a list of the miniatures that you found? How many miniatures were you able to find for each drawer? Which drawers were the hardest for you to fill?

May 12, 2015
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Love it!
by: Leslie

I have two daughters and they know if they don't pick up their Polly Pocket accessories or other little toys that they'll end up in my speech grab-bag! Yard sales are great places to find minis too. I love my mini toy bag for groups with mixed artic & language goals. Great way to address language & if the item doesn't fit their target sound, I'll find a word associated with it that does! Thanks for sharing. It's motivated me to add to my stash!

May 12, 2015
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Minitures
by: Anonymous

I also use minitures. One activity many of my children love is when I hide objects in a tub of rice.

May 12, 2015
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Tiny Objects for articulation
by: Rosario

Thank you for such great idea!!

May 11, 2015
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SUMMER PROJECT!
by: SLPSULLI

Oh you have just given me a way to feed my love of anything miniature!!!!! This will definitely be a summer project to do!!! Thank you so much for this idea!!! SLP Sulli

May 11, 2015
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Kids love small things!
by: Lorrie

I have been using this type of activity for years and the kids always love seeing what little things I have found. Family helps keep my objects fresh. I have used Ned's Head for the kids to "find" their object. They love that too! These work well equally for language activities. You can group by category, vocabulary etc.

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