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I use these to play Muffin Pan Articulation Pong! It’s fun, easy, and elicits tons of articulation responses! This download includes 1 set of muffin pan articulation cards (12 in all) for each of the following phonemes/blends (336 in all!!!): /r/, vocalic r, /l/, /w/, /s/, /z/, /r/ blends, /l/ blends, /s/ blends, /f/, /v/, /m/, /n/, /h/, /b/, /p/, /t/, /d/, /k/, /g/, th, sh, ch, j, y, -ng & 2 pages for vocalic r variations.
Each page features 12 circles with a picture and word featuring a target sound. In most cases, the page includes 4 words with the target in the initial positions, 4 in the medial, and 4 in the final position. That was not possible for all phonemes.
Prep is simple: print, laminate if desired and cut the circles out. If you have a 2 1/4 inch circle punch (from a craft store) , that works like a charm!
Recommendations for use:
1) Put your student's target sounds in the muffin pan circles. It’s ideal for individual therapy or for groups that are all working on the same sound, but it can also work when students are working on different sounds. For instance, if I have 1 student working on /s/ and one working on /r/ I would choose targets from the /r/ page that contain an /s/ as well and/or choose targets from the /s/ page that contains /r/ (horse, cereal, dancer, ice cream, sword). Adapt as needed or get a pan for each student.
2) Use a ping pong ball (I purchased eyeball ping pong balls from the Dollar Tree) or other bouncy items, and let students bounce it into the pan. After it lands, have them say the word X times (however many times you desire).
3) Have student toss a penny, paper clip or other item into the pan to see where it lands. This week for Halloween, we will be tossing sticky spiders into the pan! The word/picture it lands in is their target word!
4) Have students roll a die or dice to determine how many times they have to say the word. I use one die. If you want to get competitive, after they roll the die, have them say the target sounds the designated number of times. If they can do it, they get the number of points that they rolled, and we keep score!
5) FOR STUDENTS NOT WORKING AT THE WORD LEVEL, simply adapt! For students at the phrase level, give them a carrier phrase with which to say the word/picture such as "I like..." or "I see,,," or "I smell..." For students working at the sentence level, give a sentence for that students have to incorporate the word into such as "Last night I dreamed about..." or have them make their own sentence using the word.
6) I recommend placing the pan either on the floor against a wall or
on a table pushed against the wall (to prevent it from bouncing off the table).
7) Another use that gets students up and moving: Put the muffin pan in a pan the approximate size of the pan. If the sides are high, have students stand and bounce the ball into the box or drop it into the box while standing over it. When the bouncy ball finally comes to rest. students have to say the words it lands in X number of times (or roll the die as described above).
- Use the circles as regular articulation cards.
- Print 2 copies if you want to use them to play memory.
- I like to attach paper clips to them and place them facedown on a table or container or “pond” to let my students “fish” for their words. All you need is a “pole,” a magnet and some string to make a fishing pole, and you’re all set!
- They’re the perfect size and shape to “feed” to various “animals,” puppets, monster boxes, stuffed animals, etc.
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I have no doubt you can think of even more ways to use these. If you do, tag me on social media and let me know how you used it! I love hearing from you! It’s what keeps me creating :)
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