Our Program
Games to Play

Fun and Creative Games To Play!

1.  Puppet Theater Party

Puppets are always a great way to engage children in creative play and enhance their language.  If you have a puppet theater and puppets, you can use them. If you don’t have any puppets, you can make some out of old socks or even brown lunch bags.  To make a puppet theater use a cardboard box (this can be an activity on its own). Model the concept of using puppets to tell the story while your child sits in the “audience”.  After a few moments, offer a puppet to your child (or children) and continue the show with them.  Your child may not know immediately how to add content to the story, provide them with models and “suggestions” of what to say. Try this activity on different occasions, then sit back to see your child become a star.

2. Play-dough Playtime

Who doesn’t love play dough? You can use either store bought or make your own (find the very easy recipe on the web).  While making shapes using cookie cutters, have your child label them and tell you what he is doing. For younger children or language delayed children, label their actions and shapes for them.  You can hide “treasures” in the play dough that your child will love finding, a great activity for sensory stimulation, low tone and language development.

3. Improv Role-play

My family loves this game! At any moment, my children, husband and I will jump into either a made up or known character.  As soon as one person gets into character, the rest of us follow suit telling ridiculous stories.  This game is great to learn conversation skills, pretend, problem solving skills and to learn how to be silly.

4. Color War

This game takes a little bit of planning, 1-2 days and a whole family of fun!  Prior to starting, divide the family into two groups, labeling them either by color or a name. Plan on “competing” in different sports, art activities, clean up games, cooking contest, dancing/singing contest and etc.  The sports can be fun and scaled down to young children, ie: wheelbarrows, hopping, skipping, ball tossing etc.  Keep track of the scores or ask a grandparent to be a judge.  This game is great for sportsmanship, pragmatics, sensory integration and language.

5. Bingo with Buddies

Grab a friend, parent, grandparent or all three and play!  You can make up your own BINGO game either on the computer or on paper.  The process of making the game can be filled with speech and language goals.  Talk about the pictures, decide on what kinds of pictures to use (or categories) and discuss the process of making the BINGO boards (cut, scissor, glue, sticky, paper, colors etc).  This can be a quick game or it can be a long project, either way, it’s fun!

6. Stir it Up in the Kitchen

Perfect activity for our picky eaters, hypersensitive kids, language impaired or just a way to bond as a family  Find a recipe that takes several steps, but not overly complicated so that your children can see results within at least an hour.  The benefit of the activity is having something tangible to eat – the final product!  Children are much more open to trying new foods when they participate in the process of making the foods.  Prior to starting, label all your ingredients and discuss the steps to make it.  Allow your child to chop, stir, mix and season the food.  Describe your actions and have them try to describe their own (model for them).  While waiting for your yummy project to bake/cook, discuss the steps that you took to make the food.  Great language exercise!

7. Pick-up Party!

I’ll be the first to admit that no one likes to clean up!  Make the task a language game not a chore.  Tell your child that he/she is responsible for cleaning up the…ex: puppets and have your child tell you what your are responsible for cleaning up (you can also have the child decide what he/she will clean up).  Set a timer and say “ready, set, go!” Label what you are putting away and you will see that your child will label what he/she is putting away.

8. Memory Match-Up

Similar to BINGO, you can make your own or use a ready made game.  The game can increase or decrease in difficulty based on how many cards you use.  For our young learners or language delayed friends, label all the pictures first so that playing the game is more fluent and engaging.  Start off with less cards and as your child improves, increase the amount of cards. Remember, the more manageable the game, the more engaging it is.  However, a little challenge is always great fun!

9. Dress-up Drama

Pretend, pretend, pretend! Through pretend play we develop language skills, social skills and abstract thinking.  Pretend play allows us to safely enter and explore a different “world”, learn to problem solve and see the perspective of others.  Use old clothing, costumes or make your own costumes! Get involved in pretend and allow your mind to explore with your kids.

10. Bath-time Bubbles

Create a language and sensory-rich activity right at home in the bath.  Label all the toys, soaps, sponges and etc. that you will use in the bath. Use bath cups to fill with water and pour out to understand concepts of “full’ and “empty” or “more” or “again” or “wee” (etc) Use a bubble wand to blow bubbles for oral motor development.   Use a wash cloth to clean the body while labeling the body or have the child label his own body. The fun is endless!