New Collaborative Games for Speech Therapy
Seeds for the Birds drew kids in with the theme of mama bird trying to get more seeds to feed her babies than her competition, the squirrel looking over her shoulder. Kids set up the perimeter of the board with random squirrel, bird and numbers of seed cards turned over while 9 birdhouses are left to collect seeds. Turn over a bird and she can collect any seeds on the bird feeders that are in her row in the grid, up, down, sideways or diagonal. Kids collaborate on where to place seeds on the bird feeders, depending on options for who might collect them. Again this is a great game for social language, pairing a child with speech and language difficulties with a typical peer or sibling to get the conversation going and make decisions on strategy.
Age 3 and up
Feed the Woozle draws kids into loading up their big plastic spoon with goofy, tasty treats like toenail toast and making their way to deposit them in the Woozle’s mouth. With three layers of play, kids from 3-6 years old can play together with increased challenges. The older the player, the greater the challenge as to how to get to that Woozle without spilling your treats. 4-5 year-olds have to spin to learn their method–such as hula dance, bunny hop or go crazy while older players have to get there blindfolded only using the verbal clues from fellow players. Again the collaboration, problem-solving and negotiating all build social pragmatic language skills in kids. What a perfect game for lunch bunch at school!