I’m on Pins and Needles!

I often find myself at the end of a treatment session with a few minutes left—not enough time for a full blown activity, but certainly enough to accomplish something fun.  Pin pictures emerged from just this situation, though it’s easily expanded to be lengthier.  A good thing, since the kids often request it!


Pin board (There are a variety of versions available.  I bought mine for about $6 at Target.)

Small objects  (Generally, you want small with a distinctive edge.  Flatter objects work particularly well)


Articulation:  Be sure the objects all contain the target sound then simply conceal one object with the pin board and have the student guess what it is.  If you run through the objects first, not only do you get the additional trials, but it helps ensure that the wrong guesses also contain the target.

Language:  I might have a student ask three questions before they ca guess what it is or they might need to guess in a complete sentence/question, “Is the elephant hiding under the pins?”  Once we’ve determined who is hiding, we might follow up with “the elephant was hiding/hid under the pins!” if we’re targeting verb tenses.

Memory:  I’ll put out an array of 3-5 objects, have the kiddo close their eyes while I put one under the pins, then open their eyes and tell me which one is hiding.  This would be a fun change of adult clients as well, trying to identify common objects like keys, spoon, pencil, and scissors.

Be sure to leave some time to play around too—everyone wants to see their ear, hand and face!




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  1. Cindy

    Fun idea and ideas for use in therapy. Now I know what to do with my target gift card.

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