Board games are a fun way to target speech and language goals that don't require a lot of "creative thinking" (let's face it, there are times that all of our creative energies are running on low) and are great ways to grab kids' interests! Here are some of my favorites!
This is a great one! You can find HeadBanz anywhere - Target, Walmart, Toys R Us... This game is great for teaching children "how to ask questions" as well as "how to answer questions." You can also use this game to work on describing items. Everyone playing gets the chance to wear a blue headband! Yes, it is silly, but even my sixth and seventh graders beg for me to pull this one off the shelf!! Once each player has on their head band, they pick up a card that is laying on the table upside down. Without peeking, everyone puts their card in their head band. This is where you can change things up a bit! Each person can ask questions in an attempt to guess what the card is that is stuck in their own headband or each player can give descriptive clues (e.g., you have something that is green, has four legs, likes to jump, and eats bugs!). If you get tired of the using the same pictures, you can create your own pictures using google images or different articulation therapy cards to target specific sounds!
Guess Who? is another one of my therapy favorites! It can be challenging to teach kids the art of asking good questions. When I first start using this game, I use a sentence starter for the kids. On the table I will have different cards that help them formulate good sentences - for example: Does your person have... or Is your animal... and then they can come up with the item that they are looking to describe! The newer Guess Who? games have two different sheets to pick from - one with people and another one with animals! I have even seen A Disney Princess version floating around.
Don't Break the Ice
I love this one! This is one that I try to grab a few extras of around the holidays. Target and Walmart usually sell them for about $5.00. I most often use this game when working on specific sounds/articulation therapy. I usually put a pile of cards on the table and we each take a turn picking up a card. If the sound is produced correctly, then the child gets to try to "knock out" an ice cube!
Have fun with a few of these ideas! Be on the look out for more therapy ideas and communication enhancing strategies from SpeechGal Therapies!