5 Free, Easy Speech Therapy Games to Play With Your Child
Children are born to learn through play. Playing speech therapy games at home with your child gives them a chance to practice the speech and language skills we’re working to help them develop in therapy, while also giving you a chance to bond with them.
Chances are, you’ve already played them together before, but there are a few ways you can tweak the games so that they’re still fun but even more effective at targeting certain skills like vocabulary, attention, memory, articulation, phonics, observation, deduction and expressive/receptive language.
We like these games in particular too because not only are they free, you can introduce them almost anywhere: On a road trip, at a restaurant while you wait for food, a rainy day at home or a sunny day at the park. And siblings can join in too!
Our Favorite Speech Therapy Games
In no particular order, our top 5 favorite speech therapy games are:
This game is so simple: See something in plain sight, pick out one detail and make the other player(s) guess what it could be. Some examples of how to play:
- “I spy with my little eyes something… blue!”
Without realizing it, kids are practicing their receptive language, expressive language and deductive reasoning skills. There are some ways you could mix it up, depending on your child’s speech therapy goals. For example, if you’re child is working on their expressive language skills, they could be the guesser more frequently than the “spyer.” Consider expanding the categories beyond color:
- “I spy with my little eyes… something that starts with the letter R!”
- “I spy with my little eyes… something that’s round!”
- “I spy with my little eyes… something that starts with the ‘s’ sound!”
- “I spy with my little eyes… something that’s used to write!”
If you want to hone in on vocabulary words, try to pick words from your child’s recent spelling/vocabulary lists.
With this game, you choose a noun (person, place or thing) and the other player(s) get 20 yes-no questions to try to guess what that thing is. Some questions that may be asked:
- Is it a place?
- Is it a person?
- Is the person someone I know?
- Is the person famous?
- Is the person someone with brown hair?
A game like this helps kids work on both their expressive and receptive language skills, as well as their ability to use deductive reasoning. If your child is working on conversational and expressive language skills, have them reply to the yes-no questions in a complete sentence. “No, it doesn’t have wings.” If handwriting is one of the skills your child is working on, have them write down the clues on a dry erase board, chalk board or on a paper with a marker or crayon.
These kinds of speech therapy games will get your child laughing, learning and talking! For more suggestions, ask your child’s FOCUS Fort Myers speech therapist!
FOCUS offers pediatric speech therapy to children in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and throughout Southwest Florida. Virtual speech therapy is available to kids throughout Florida. Call (239) 313.5049 or Contact Us online.
The role of play in children’s development: a review of the evidence, The LEGO Foundation
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