Shopkins for therapy

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Anyone out there have kiddos who love Shopkins? Apparently, they are all the rage with the primary aged kiddos! My own daughter loves them and has even come up with a few games that I thought would be perfect for therapy. So, if your kiddos love Shopkins, here are just a few simple and fun activities that incorporate a motivating item for kiddos:

  1. These little guys are categorizing. If you are not familiar, they come in groups such as “food fair” (obviously, food items) and “fashion spree” (clothing items). If you have several sets, you could mix them together and have kiddos decide what category each item belongs in.
  2. Auditory memory skills could be targeted by verbally telling kiddos what sequence the Shopkins should be lined up in and then having kiddos line them up in the order specified. This would also be a good idea for targeting ordinal directions.
  3. Similarly, you could target following directions of all sorts. Most sets even come with several ‘shopping bags’ so you could practice ‘in’ the bag and other positional concepts.
  4. They could work as a simple sentence or story starter for artic kiddos working on carryover and kiddos needing to practice fluency skills.
  5. You could combine them with EET strategies to have kiddos describe a Shopkin of their choice.

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***One thing I must caution you about is that some of the items are fairly abstract. There is one that comes to mind that my daughter tells me is a hat, but to me, it looks like a poodle. Maybe it’s just me? haha***

Does anyone have kiddos who love Shopkins? What do you think about using them in therapy?

 

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