A big thank you to my fellow Speech Pathologist and dear friend, Annemarie T. for prompting me to come up with a list of words for articulation practice in Mandarin. Thank you Annemarie, for your contribution! Since such lists are not readily available, I am going to share them with you. Hopefully I will be able to add more along the way. These are free to download but please do cite the source.
*A note to clinicians who are giving out the Mandarin pinyin ‘d’ word list to parents. The pinyin ‘d’ words are not equivalent to the voiced alveolar plosive /d/ in English since voicing is not used to distinguish between phoneme counterparts in Mandarin. Instead, we use aspiration to distinguish between them. So pinyin ‘d’ words are really the equivalent to [t] unaspirated words in English e.g. ‘stop, stool’. Also consonant positions are not as distinctive a feature in Mandarin articulation therapy since most Mandarin consonants occur in initial positions e.g. 开门 (kai men in pinyin). There are only 2 nasal consonants /n/ e.g. 门 (men in pinyin) and /ŋ/ e.g 糖 (tang in pinyin）that can occur in word final positions.
As a follow up to the functional phrases, you could start stimulating for some action verbs. Children with language disorders are often slow to use verbs so start thinking of some fun ways to get the actions going! Some early verb cards can be downloaded here.
Parents often ask what sorts of toys they should buy for their 2-3 year olds. A farm set is a great start! Engage your child in naturalistic play activities for at least 10 mins daily and sequence your play actions into a story that your child will enjoy!