Thursday, January 1, 2015

Top Board Games Linky

Happy New Year 2015! To celebrate, I’m linking up with Simply Speech to discuss favorite board games.

I LOVE BOARD GAMES! I’m a board game junkie! Naturally, I use them in speech because there are MANY ways to enhance therapy by using them. Of course, a game format can be highly motivating to young students.

Here are three of my favorites!

First up, is Colorama, by Ravensburger. My version is OLD. This game is fantastic because it is appealing to young children and includes manipulatives.  Two dice, one multi-color and one multi-shape are included. The player rolls both dice which indicate what shape to find on the board. When I use this game, the student must tell me the shape and color before looking for it on the board. It is GREAT for basic concepts as well as confrontational naming. I have not seen a better format for practicing these concepts anywhere!

Next is the popular Pop-Up Pirate. One obvious way to use this game is to have the student complete a task card before awarding him/her with a sword to push into the barrel. The round ends when a sword triggers the spring loaded pirate, which then flies out of the barrel. Catch: you never know which sword will activate the spring mechanism. Such fun!

Last, but certainly not least, is my long-time favorite Mystery Garden, by Ravensburger. Notice a trend? I LOVE Ravensburger games. I will share my personal fave at the end of this post.

Mystery Garden is FABULOUS for working on reasoning skills as well as using is/are can/do/does question formations. It is basically a 20-questions type of game where one must use deductive reasoning to identify an item on the board. One person draws a card depicting one item on the board. The other players must ask questions that can ONLY be answered “yes” or “no.” The object of the game is to figure out the item in a limited number of questions. That number can be adjusted according to the skill level of the players.

So finally, here is a bonus recommendation. Some older students also like this game, but it is more challenging for most students. I have a fourth grader who LOVES it and will do numerous repetitions of his R words/phrases/sentences to play this.  Without further ado, I present The Amazing Labyrinth by, you guessed it, Ravenburger! This game is a moving maze and you must use visual problem-solving skills to play it effectively. I absolutely LOVE this game! And yes, there are plenty of opportunities to practice articulation and sentence formulation skills as play proceeds.

One of my colleagues once said, “If I’m not having fun, they (the students) aren’t having fun either.” So, I say have some FUN in speech which is really WORK….in disguise!

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