Running out of ideas for fun games to play with your kids when working on speech errors? Sometimes therapy can take a little longer than expected and you need a bit more inspiration to keep the activities fresh and engaging. Here are some ideas for fun games that are a bit different from the ones you would normally play in clinic.
Treasure Hunt in the Sand
This game requires a glass jar with a lid half filled with sand. Once the jar is set up, fill it with as many small items that work as targets for speech sounds. For example if you are working on the ‘s’ sound in words you can place a straw, a star bead, a spoon, a toy seal etc. Once you have placed all the items in then put the lid on and shake it up. Once the game is all set up, the goal of the task is then to find as many items in the jar as they can. The person who finds the most items wins the hunt. When the child is ready to step up to sentence level, incorporate a carrier phrase such as ‘I see a star’.
Cooking with Sounds
This game requires you to find a recipe with a large amount of items starting with the target sound. For example if you are working on the ‘r’ sounds you might make a salad and place radish, carrot, rocket, ranch dressing and coriander in a mystery box. Once the child is able to say the words in isolation then you can step up to sentences. The child has to then tell you the ingredients in the mystery box that you have put together and all the steps to cook the dish. Once your child has reached conversation level, you can work on the sound at this level by having a chat about how the recipe turn out, what it tasted like and what step was the hardest or most fun to do.
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