What you'll need:
- Cupcake mix (and other ingredients per instructions on packet)
- Frosting (I used chocolate)
- M&Ms (for the eyes)
- Candy corn (for the feathers and beak)
- Cupcake liners
- Cupcake holder/paper plate
- Knife to spread the frosting
You'll need to bake the actual cupcakes in advance (unless you have access to an oven and lots of time with your client in therapy)
Note: Due to time constraints in therapy, I actually baked, frosted, and decorated most of the cupcakes in advance. My client frosted and decorated only 2 cupcakes in therapy, allowing time for maximum verb production.
I guided my client in decorating his cupcakes. I would give him an action to perform, containing a verb, for example "frost the cupcake". After he performed the task I would ask him "what did you do?" to elicit a past tense verb response ("I frosted the cupcake").
Below are the steps that we took to decorate our cupcakes, including the different verbs that I elicited:
- We washed our hands before starting
- He scooped the frosting onto his knife
- He frosted the cupcake
- He then opened the bag of M&Ms
- And poured the M&Ms onto a paper plate
- He dropped the M&Ms onto the cupcake for the turkey's eyes
- Then he counted 5 candy corn from the bag
- He placed the candy corn on the turkey for the feathers and the beak
- He tasted a cupcake!
This was a great hands on activity that helped my client really grasp the idea of past tense verbs and allowed him to put them into practice in a practical way.
He brought the cupcakes to snack-time after our session and shared them with his classmates. They were a hit!