In my clinic I have a number of posting boxes which I use in our assessment and therapy sessions.
By far the most favoured is the monster posting box which my husband made for me a couple of years ago.
It didn’t cost a penny. He used an old detergent box and some wrapping paper we had left over from Christmas. Raiding our children’s craft box for the googly eyes, pipe cleaners and pom poms to provide the features. I think he did a good job.
We feed all sorts of pictures into the monster box: speech sounds, action pictures, even pictures of me pulling different faces to depict different emotions!
The children have to talk about the picture or name the item on the picture before we can feed it to the monster.
When all of the pictures are fed in, the monster is then sick all over the floor/the child’s feet/the table/ me. The kids I work with LOVE it and it keeps them engaged throughout the entire activity- especially when the monster tries to gobble their fingers!
I also have more sensible posting boxes which are just covered in wrapping paper or stickers which I use with slightly older children.
I keep any empty boxes from home and give them to my clients, challenging them to make their own monster box for homework. Here's a great one made by a child last year:
I also give them to staff I work with and even set it as a group challenge during one of my training sessions.
Why not make one of your own? You can get the children you work with to help you make it.
Tip: make sure you make the mouth wide enough to fit your pictures in. And don't forget to have a flap/opening so that you can get your pictures out again after!
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