There are many varieties of Mr. Potato Head that may include characters from popular movies, or the classic version. Each version has many body parts and clothing items that can be assembled (IP*: 10M). This can be done as independent play (IP*: 7c, 8d) or a joint activity with adults or peers (SBSP†: 3a, 7a, 7d, 8c, 8M, 9b, 9f, 9M). This activity offers opportunities to contrive mands (requests) for each body part or clothing item (mand: 1-5M) and with help with the toy or for missing items(mand: 6M, 7f, 7M). This could also be a turn taking activity and your learner could mand (request) for you to take your turn (mand: 7b. SBSP†: 7a, 7d, 9b, 9c). This is also a good opportunity to generalise labelling of and receptive identification of body parts (receptive: 4c, tact: 7a). You can also work on clothing as tact, receptive or Intraverbal targets, for example “What’s this called?” Learner “Hat” (tact: 6M, 7M) or “You wear shoes on your ….?” Learner “feet” (Intraverbal: 7a, 7b).
Preceding skills reference to the VB-MAPP Assessment tool:
Sundberg, M. L. (2008) Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program: The VB-MAPP. Concord, CA: AVB Press.
*IP: Independent Play †SBSP: Social behavior and Social Play