As SLPs, many of us use games as general reinforcers while working on a variety of speech/language targets. A lot of times, the games may have nothing to do with the target we’re working on. Some games & activities I’ve been using this school year with my phono kids, though, have turned out to have great opportunities to work on specific words pertinent to their targets AND to the game. Preschoolers learn a lot through play, so when I have the opportunity to use meaningful target words for artic rather than the drill/take a turn/drill/take a turn method, I take it! The following games/activities are my favorites to use when targeting the phonological process of Final Consonant Deletion:
1. First up is this cookie jar game I made. The cookie jar image comes from MyCuteGraphics, and is just pasted into a Word doc, stretched out, printed, and attached to a tissue box with a hole cut out of the middle. The cookies are just circles cut from brown construction paper with black marker dots on them for chocolate chips. So. Simple. But my prek students LOVE it!
Words to target for FCD: eat, hot, out, plate, in, on, gone, time, scoop, chip, bake, take, make
2. Honey Bee Tree game:
This one is played just like Kerplunk, but has leaves/bees/honeypot in a tree rather than just sticks and marbles.
Words to target for FCD: in (putting leaves in, putting bees in), out (pulling leaves out, bees falling out, taking bees out), drop (dropping bees in) down (bees fell down), turn (my turn/your turn), buzz, bees, gone, come/home (one of my kiddos liked to make the bees buzz away for a second, and I would have to tell them to “come” and then she would have them fly “home” for each turn)
3. Potato Head
This should come as no surprise, but there is an abundance of great words to target for FCD with everyone’s favorite spud!
Words to target for FCD:
final t: hat, foot/feet, out, put
final n/m: in, arm
final s/z: eyes, nose, toes, purse, any other plurals
final f: off,
final p: top, hop
final k: take
4. Don’t Break the Ice:
Words to target for FCD: turn (my turn/your turn), in (work on as you set up and put ice blocks in), gone (all the blocks have been knocked out), hit, out, knock, break, ice
Do you have any specific games you use for particular speech or language targets? I’d love to hear about them if you do!