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My Top 5 Games For Working on Speech

My number one tip for working on any skill with your child is MAKE IT FUN!! If your child isn’t having fun, they aren’t engaged and if they aren’t engaged…odds are they aren’t learning. Playing these kid approved games makes working on speech sounds easy AND fun! ⁣⁣

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Pull out a favorite board game and have your child say a target word 5 times before taking his or her turn. Remember, the number one goal here is to have FUN and keep your child engaged! Make sure you’re saying the target sounds before taking your turn too so your child is getting a good model of that target sound. Your child will get in so many repetitions of the target sound and they won’t even know they’re working on speech!


TIP: Check out www.mommyspeechtherapy.com for FREE downloadable picture cards by target sound (i.e., "initial /s/ words," "final /p/ words," etc.).


1. Diggin' Doggies by Game Zone

Ages 3+ (2-4 players)


Help the doggie find his bones: Oh no! Your doggie has lost all his bones. Help him find them and bring them back to his dog house. Be the first to help your doggie collect all his bones and you win! Get them nose down to a bone and watch as they magically pick it up with their magnetic noses! This law of attraction will help your doggie win the game.


2. Shark Bite by Pressman

Ages 4+ (2-4 players)


Players take turns rolling the die and fishing for the colorful sea creatures using the fishing rod. Watch out - you never know when the Shark will Bite!



3. Lucky Ducks by Pressman

Ages 3+ (2-4 players)


Players take turns taking a duck out of the pond and looking at the color and shape. If it matches their colored shape, you get to keep the duck. If it doesn't match, put the duck back in the pond. The first player to collect 3 ducks that match their colored shape wins!



4. Pop the Pig by Goliath Games

Ages 4+ (2-6 players)


Players take turns rolling the die, feeding the pig, and pushing down on his head. Each push on the pig's head makes his belly grow bigger, bigger, and bigger until... POP! This game teaches numbers, colors, and counting.

5. Pop Up Pirate by TOMY

Ages 4+ (2-4 players)


Take turns sliding the colorful swords into the pirate’s barrel, but beware! Choose the wrong slot and the pirate will pop out. Kids love seeing him fly! This game keeps you guessing as the barrel slot that will make the pirate pop changes every time you play.




I hope you find this list helpful! Comment below and tell me some of your favorite games to play with your child!




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