Summer Activities- Anytime Activities!

There are lots of fun ways to work on speech, language and communication!!!  There are many commercial games out there that are lots of fun but also work on skills needed not just for school but for successful living.  In therapy we regularly use games as a tool for teaching and practicing skills- you can too!! 
There are LOTS of vocabulary building games; here are a few of our favorites!
Blurt:  a board game consisting of naming words from definitions given.  Use 5-10 cards so they can practice remembering new words. Give extra points for using the words in sentences.
Hedbanz:  a silly game of guessing the word that is on a card you wear on your head but you can't see.  Others give you "clues"; descriptions of  function, location found, part-to-whole, defining characteristics, etc. so you can guess what the word is.  This game is for readers but you cn easily do the same with pictures of things, people and animals.
Outburst: Naming items in  category with a "magic viewer".  Play it with or without a timer.
Apples to Apples and In a Pickle: making and explaining associations and making value-based judgements
Dog Dice and Dino Dice: tic-tac-toe type games for identifying 2 characteristics or features per space.
Games that focus on pragmatics and manners include:
Scruples:  a game where players make judgements about actions and consequences, and explain their choices.
Blunders: a board game that has true/false/ multiple choice questions about socially acceptable behavior, as well as acting out scenarios for demonstrating and practicing social skills.

Almost any game can be used for articulation practice, but ones that have predictable, "rote" responses are the tried and true favorites.  Just work your child's sound into the expected response.  If working on /s/, try "I see the --",  /f/, "I found a --." /th, TH/  "This is a --", "That is a --".  
Games that we use include;
Memory: use a commercial game or make your own with duplicate pictures or word cards for readers. Phrases could include the examples above, or what will fit the needs of your child.
Go Fish: again, use a commercial game or make your own.  Or use numbered playing cards.  Great for question forms; "Do you have a __?" "Sorry, go fish." or "Yes I have a __."