Jenna from Speech Room News is having a Linky Party for favorite speech therapy games. I've probably mentioned my top few on my blog before, but now might be the time to get them in one place.
My number one game is: Race to the Roof
As much as I love my therapy card collection, and covet many additions, I also enjoy doing games that require no additional props. In this game students move through the house and there are entertaining pictures throughout. The rooms in the house are not attached to the board so the house changes and it can be a different game every time. If students roll a 1 on the dice they get to pick a special card and have to find the object in the house.
I work on so many therapy targets with this one:
Articulation: There are a huge number of S and R things in the pictures in the house, meaning that I can have sentence level articulation students describe the room they land on or for word level they can find a word in their room to practice.
Fluency & Voice: My fluency and voice kiddos can label objects and describe pictures using good fluency and voice strategies.
Language: The best part ever! I love this game for my 1st and 2nd grade language students. We talk about what's going on in the house. I get so much language, and even my most uncooperative friends work with me since, from their perspective, all we're doing is playing a game today. I love sneaking the therapy part in, and that's one of those things that tends to get harder with older students and more complex goals.
*I pictured the new and current version of the game because of how much I want it. Currently, I have the older version,
which I liberated from my parents pile of games that my sister and I
had as kids. I you are going to invest in this one, get the new one.
As we all know, updated pictures are everything. Someday I will find this in a thrift store or a garage sale, and there *might* be dancing.
Game number two: Feed the Kitty
I know I mentioned this game in my Games, Games, Games post where I discussed easily portable games so I'll be brief about the good stuff. Super quick turns with a dice roll to minimize game time and maximize therapy time. My kiddos love it. I've used it in K through 6th grades, in fact I used it in ESY services today!
This was the hardest to pick. I have so many games that I love to do with my students that I could have put any of 5 or 6 games here. Lower to upper elementary is such a wide range of ages and interests that it's tricky to choose! So I went with one that is a standard in my therapy room and that I've used with a variety of grade levels.
Game number three: Cariboo
I'll admit I am not particularly in love with this one. I just really don't get it, but it is like magic for my students. They love it, they ask for it, some would play it every day if I let them. They loved it so much, I made my own cards. Check out the link for my previous post for my musings on the game and the cards. The name of the game links to amazon, where the actually have copies in various condition for under $20 if you're still looking for one.
Final note on games for today:
I'm a little bit of a nerd, and I hate to get doubles of things at thrift stores and garage sales, especially since they are non-refundable, so I do have a complete game list I can take with me. Check it out in Google Docs here.