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HOW TO MAKE MOUTH PUPPETS:
1) print on cardstock with a quality printer
3) cut out each mouth and tape the top part of a tongue depressor or popsicle stick to the back side to serve as the mouth puppet's handle
HOW TO USE MOUTH PUPPETS:
Put all the mouth puppets in a bowl or sack for the children to pick randomly. After the first round of turn-taking, everyone passes her mouth puppet to the person on the right for the next round. Teach the children the rules first, and tell them not to hold the mouth puppets over their mouths or you won't hear what they are saying. Everyone can practice going around saying their names this way.
The therapist prepares conversation-starters ahead of time. To start, the therapist poses a question like, "if you had a pet dinosaur, what would you name it? and why?" The therapist picks one person to be the Speaker.
b. That person holds his mouth puppet to his mouth to answer. All others must keep their mouth puppets quiet on the table, raising their hand to be chosen next.
c. The therapist asks the group if anyone has anything to say related to the Speaker's response, reminding them it has to relate to what the child just said. If anyone raises a hand, the speaker picks and lets that student hold her mouth puppet in place to talk.
d. The therapist poses another question. The previous Speaker gets to pick the next person. One round of turn-taking is complete when everyone has had a turn being the Speaker and everyone has been able to use her mouth puppet to add to the conversation.
d. If another round of turn-taking practice is wanted, every child hands her mouth puppet to the person on her right and play continues.
a. Lay the cut-out mouths out on a table, facing up.
b. Therapist picks two - or let child.
c. Child describes what the two mouths have in common and how they differ.
a. Lay the cut-out mouths on a table facing up.
b. Which mouth would we use if we were mad? Happy? Tired? Shouting?
a. Kids pick which mouth best fits a passage they will read out loud. The other kids are the audience. Each child takes a turn being the performer with a mouth puppet.
b. Or, kids pick a mouth puppet and have to read the passage to fit the mouth.
DESENSITIZING TO THE ORAL MECH EXAM
Use as part of a 'show and tell' about mouths and what you'll be looking for/doing in the child's mouth.
Use as part of an oral hygiene program.
Print two versions for this game. The mouths are in different shaped "boxes", which would cue players to make matches. Print two versions, cut out mouths and glue to the same shape and color you've cut from cardstock. That way, upside down, all the mouths look the same and the children will have to rely on memory to make matches.
Use when discussing appropriate voice volumes.
MOUTH PUPPETS by Becky Mitchum is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.