Mr. Potato Head

Mr. Potato HeadMr. Potato Head was one of the first toys in my collection starting out as a Speech-Language Pathologist.  Its a very motivating toy and is a great tool for early vocabulary and concepts.  During play, I usually have all the body parts in my possession.  I present each body part, one at a time, and model the appropriate vocabulary (e,g., “nose”) and wait for the child to imitate me before giving him the toy.  You can also offer two choices (e.g., “nose or hat?”) if the child already has the vocabulary in his repertoire.  To increase the complexity for children who already know body parts, you could also work on the functions of body parts (e.g., “You see with your eye.” “Your hear with your ears.”).  You could ask the child to fill in the blank, “You see with your…” to increase conceptual understanding.  You can also work on spatial concepts while putting on the facial parts (e.g., “Hat on!” “Put it above the nose.” “Put it below the mouth”).