It can be hard to practice speech with your child at home. Playing games is a great way to break out of the normal speech therapy or homeschool speech routine and not only have fun with your child, but help practice and reiterate what they are learning in speech therapy.
When looking for speech development gift ideas, it’s hard to beat classic games.When picking a game, it is important to pick one that has a lot of interaction with the child, other children, and adults. There are many classic games that enhance speech and language. If you need to change the rules a little to fit your needs or your child’s needs, go ahead and do it. I’ve listed here a few great games that children and parent's love.
Don't Break the Ice and Kerplunk
These action packed games are still great! When most therapists play these games during therapy they have the children say some of their articulation cards between each turn that is taken.
I love the eeBOO games including Write Me a Story and Tell Me a Story . Also, I Never Forget a Face is a great matching game for children.
Thumball is a great conversation stimulator. It is a 4 or 6 inch ball that you toss and it has conversation starters written on the ball. This may be letters, movements or questions to answer as you toss the ball. These are great for the busy children that want to learn but also need to move! I found mine at www.Fatbraintoys.com.
Using words that they are learning to use in speech therapy, write out two flash cards for each word (4-10 work best depending on your child’s age). Place the cards with the words face down on a table. Take turns choosing two cards and turning them over and saying each word when revealed. When a match of words is made, remove the match from the cards in play and continue until all cards have been selected. This practices articulation and also memory!
Use 6-12 pairs of cards with words written on them. Just like in the classic card game, shuffle the cards and pass out 2-3 cards to each player. Put the remaining cards in a stack in the center of the table. Take turns asking, "Do you have a …?" to make matches. If the answer is no, the person must “Go Fish” and choose a card from the center of the pile. Play continues until all cards are matched.
This is a great game for teaching children to ask questions and turn taking within conversations. I use this game with kids of all ages because it is great for language and descriptions. This works well with learning the concept of not and answering / asking yes / no questions. There are many versions of this popular game including Guess Where? I love this game because you can make it harder or easier depending upon the child. The child works on sounds, question formation, organization, strategies, etc.
Sequence for Kids
The Sequence games are amazing..there are many versions of this game, Kids, Letters, Numbers, to name a few. It is a problem solving, question asking, categorizing, skill involved game that children as young as 4 can play with minimal help. I love the “sequence for kids” game because it helps children with asking questions, staying on task, sequencing, animal identification and turn taking. I always have children who want to keep playing the game even after they have won the game.