The Park is a great place to keep the kids healthy with plenty of room for fun and games. But did you know it is also a great place to get your speech homework done! Here are a few ideas to start you off on speech games at the park.
Sound Scavenger hunt
This game is great for working on sounds at conversation level. The game requires a whole lot of items that start or end with the target sound. For example if the target sound is ‘k’ at the start of words you can have items such as a toy car, a catcher’s mitt, a cookie, a toy cat etc. Make one list for each child with their individual target words on it and scatter the items all over the park. Give each child a magic bag to put all their scavenger items in and off they go. The child to find all the items first is the winner. Once all the items have been found, your child can tell you what items he/she has found and where they found them, making sure to watch for good productions of those ‘k’ sounds.
Shoot the sounds
This is a good game to play with the boys but can be plenty of fun for girls too. It requires a water gun or a pea shooter as well print outs of selected pictures with target words on them. This will depend on the sound that your child is working on, For example if you are targeting the ‘g’ sound you may have picture of ‘ghosts’ or ‘grass’. The items can also have a bulls-eye drawn on them to make the target more specific and fun to play for older kids. The aim of the game is to call out what you are going to shoot and then to try and hit the target as close to the bulls-eye as possible. The goal of the game is to hit as many items or bulls-eyes as you can, the person who has the highest score wins the game. When you child is ready to step up to sentence level you can incorporate a carrier phrase such as ‘I shot the ghost’.
For more information on articulation or any speech related fields, contact us to make an appointment with our Speech Pathologist Ashleigh Fattah.