I was at the dentist’s office this week and he asked when my next blog was coming out. Ha! I told him I have been slacking. Thank you Dr. Lance for following my blog! Anywho…I was feeling like another Toys and Tips post was in order. I had 2 of my create a scene magnetic sets out the past few weeks and thought it was apropos for this week. Let’s talk about why and how I might use these in a therapy session. But, keep in mind, that any child may enjoy and/or benefit from these playsets. Bonus, there are several options and each is inexpensive. And, if you are Prime member like me, then it will be at your doorstep in no time.
I have the dollhouse, the house, the backyard and the farm set. Why buy one when you can have several?! Ha! I have had parents buy the sets that their child gravitates towards. So, if the child likes fish the parent might buy the sea creatures set. Personally I bought my set for labeling household items, identifying rooms in the house, following a direction with regards to a location, action words, etc.
What does that lingo mean? Great question! Let’s get down to the nitty gritty!
For example, I often see children that do not know items within their own home even though they pass by the item daily or it is in a main room of the house. For example, a clock on the wall. The clock says “tick tock, tick tock”. That is a nice repetitive CVC CVC combination to think about as Terri does in her books The Big Book of Exclamations. ( I am a fan! And there are 2 of them!). Consider Asking your child, “Where is the fireplace?” “Where is the clock?” Where is the refrigerator?” Many kids do not know these items. The items are similar to the sticky note I put on the counter. If I do not tackle that to-do item on the sticky note it becomes “blocked” out of my line of site because I have passed by the note so many times.
But, (there is always a but) if the child does know, then turn that comprehension task into a labeling task. How? Great question! Consider going around the house and asking, “What is this?” The same goes for the Create a Scenes Dollhouse. Hold up two objects from the dollhouse or set 3-4 items out and ask the child to “Get the clock” or “Find the sink”. If the child can do this without difficulty then see if the child can label the items when you ask, “What is this?”
Some kids may not find these magnetic sets very exciting. Let’s just face the facts! And, sometimes, an activity or toy that is introduced one day may be a struggle, but 3 weeks later is the best thing since sliced bread. Just as some kids do not enjoy picture cards and others will sit and look at pictures with you until the cows come home. That being said, sometimes I like to incorporate a flashlight into the activity as I mentioned in this post. Another option (I sometimes use with puzzles as well) is to place the magnets on the furniture within the home and have the child look for the item that you mention. Just a thought!
Once the child has placed some of the items in the “dollhouse” or the “backyard”, (following your direction of “Get the boy and put him on the slide.” “Find the girl and put her in the treehouse.”), now we can ask “Where is the boy?” or “Where is the girl?” or, “What is the boy doing?”. Some expected answers might be “slide”; “on the slide”; “in the treehouse”; “sliding”. And, I’m telling you I have incorporated a paceboard into this activity to increase the number of words per utterance too and it works. Check out my post regarding pace boards and let me know how it works for you!
Another option with the house might include identifying rooms in the house. For example, “Put the table in the kitchen” or “Put the sink in the bathroom”. Consider asking your child, “Why do we take a bath?” or “Why is dad eating pizza?” or “Why is the baby sleeping?” The options are endless! Feel free to comment on the post how you might use these create a scene magnetic sets. (P.S. There are more magnets to each set, I just did not put them all out in the pictures.)