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TIRI - Push-Pull Puzzle

TIRI - Push-Pull Puzzle


Price: $19.00




The Push-Pull Puzzle is a must-have for anyone working with young children on pointing skills, taking turns, and following directions. The front side has pictures of 12 common objects and can be completed like a regular puzzle. The reverse side has the same 12 pictures embedded into a scene featuring "Chez" the monkey sitting in a wagon. The puzzle pieces are magnetized and stay in the puzzle as you hold it up vertically. Children can be taught to point to the pictures by having them "push" or "poke" the pieces out of the puzzle.



  1. Following A Point: Does your child need to work on visually following you when you point to things?
    If so, start by pointing to a puzzle piece on the Puzzle side. Push the piece out, so that it flies out by your child.
  2. Does your child need practice pointing to objects on command or pointing to get someone to look at something in the environment?
    As you demonstrate how to push the pieces out of the puzzle, it won’t be long before your child will want to start pushing the pieces out instead of watching you do it.
         a. Continue working on having the child follow your pointing. Turn the puzzle to the Push side and point to the picture you want your    child to push. It is important to teach your child to push the piece YOU want and not just random pointing. Children need to attend to the requests of others, but before they can respond to specific names of objects and push the one you are requesting, they need to push the one you are pointing to. That is a form of direction following.
         b. After your child is able to push out the puzzle pieces that you point to, give only verbal directions such as, “Push the ball.” or “Where’s the ball?” If the child is not responding correctly, give the added pointing cue - but 100% success is important. Give the cues needed to be successful in pushing the one you have requested. (You may also need to help your child develop a pointing response with his/her pointer finger.)
  3. There are many ways to stimulate language when completing the puzzle.
         a. Following directions: Hold up two pieces of the puzzle and ask your child to “Put in the ______.” If he/she attempts to grab both objects, offer only the one you named.
         b. Teaching choice questions: Ask questions such as “Do you want the _____ or _____?” and either show the objects or give just the verbal question to see if he/she will answer with a verbal response. Choice questions often work better to get verbalizations from children than a request to imitate words. Requests to imitate often lead to shut-down.
         c. Teaching Wh questions: “Where does this go?” is an excellent question to teach a child. Encourage your child to scan for the correct opening, match the objects, and then point to indicate the correct location. More complex questions can also be asked while completing this puzzle. Some of those include asking about functions of objects. Some questions include: “Which one flies in the sky?” and “What do we eat?”
  4. Does your child understand the process of taking turns talking? Our scarf can teach children in a visual way how to take turns – the important “give and take” of communication. When the pieces are out of the puzzle, put a corner of the scarf through one of the holes on the puzzle. Name the object and ask your child to pull it through the hole. Now your child can take his/her turn by putting a piece of the scarf through one of the holes. See how long your child will go back and forth with this “visual conversation”. This simple task can be the beginning of taking verbal turns.
  5. Put puzzle pieces in a bag. Take turns pulling the pieces out of the bag. Hold each piece up to your face and name the object you are holding. This gives your child the needed visual cues to improve imitation skills.


How much time is required?

About 15-25 minutes to complete a lesson.

What's Included?

  • 2-sided Puzzle with removable pieces
  • 1 Colorful Scarf

Target Audience:

Ages 2 & Up


Rachel Arntson, MS, CCC, has been a Speech-Language Pathologist in the greater Minneapolis, Minnesota area since 1980. Since 1991 she has worked in early childhood special education in the Osseo School District in Maple Grove, MN where she provides family-centered speech and language intervention to infants and toddlers in their homes. Rachel is creator of all Kids' Express Train products and owner of Talk It Rock It, a company dedicated to providing products and seminars for enhancing speech and language skills in young children. Her passion for music and fun as therapy tools is reflected in both her products and presentations. For more information on Rachel Arntson please visit www.Talkitrockit.com. 

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