I bought these stacking cups for my oldest daughter for her first birthday back in 2015. Now that she is five and a half and little sister is three and a half, I thought maybe it was time to donate the toy. After all, it was tucked away in a toy bin and the girls hadn't played with it in a while.
As I went to put it into the donate pile, I thought maybe I could use it in speech therapy with my young preschool kids. With all of the different colors and the different ways it comes apart and snaps together, I just could not part with it. I knew I could target tons of goals so I placed the toy in my therapy bag.
And wouldn't you know, these stacking cups were a HUGE HIT with my kids! And even my youngest daughter found them in my bag and started playing with them again! This simple toy is not just a baby toy; you can get lots of use out of it in your sessions! Read on to see how I used it in my sessions!
So many basic concepts to target! I like to use them to work on size, color, and negation concepts.
-Stack the cups and make big mountains and little mountains
-Bring out toy animals and have them climb up and down the big/tall/little short mountains
-Flip the cups over to make pools and have the animals swim in the different color pools
-Break apart the cups and ask the child, "Give me the cup that is not ____ (big, purple, little, etc.)
This is such an easy toy to target preposition goals!
-Stack the cups on, take the cups off.
-Put the animals on top/in/under the cups.
Need to target verbs? No problem!
-Jump in the pool
-Swim in the pool
-Splash the water
-Snap the cups into balls and then roll them back and forth
I'm always working on following directions with my kiddos! This is an easy way to sneak it in!
-Tell the child to hide an animal under a certain cup (Hide the cow under the orange cup)
-You can increase the number of steps depending on the child's ability (Hide the cow under the orange cup and then give me the blue cup, etc.).
ASKING/ANSWERING WH QUESTIONS
If you do pair the cups with animals or little dolls or figurines, you can totally target WH-questions!
-Ask the child, "Who is in the blue pool?" "Who climbed up the mountain?"
-Hide the animals under the cups and ask, "Where is pig?", etc.
I have literally used these stacking cups for entire 30 minute sessions with young preschoolers. I am so glad that I did not donate it and that I decided to hang onto it! And now my daughter has something "new" to play with!
Have you used stacking cups in speech?! I'd love to hear!