Looking for more games to use in speech? Want to see multiple ways you can use a fun and motivating game?
I love using games in speech. They make planning easy, makes learning fun and interactive, and they elicit a TON of language! They are great for mixed groups since you can target so many goals. Did I mention they make planning easier? One game I love use with my older speech students is Stare Junior!
How do you play Stare Junior?
The object of this game is to stare or memorize a picture until the timer runs out. Then you have to hand the card off to another player (or you as the SLP). Students can roll the dice to see which question on the back of the card they get. If they get it right, they can move that many spaces around the game board. They can keep on rolling and answering questions until they get a question wrong or roll the same number twice. The player that gets to the end first wins.
Why is this game awesome for speech therapy?
This game makes it easy to work on visualization, describing, answering WH questions, memorization, and social interaction. You can easily adapt the game for your students as well! You can show them the pictures while answering questions and not make them memorize. You can work on describing before memorizing. You can work on storytelling and have students use the pictures to create a story.
Using Stare Junior to Work on Inferencing
Yes the back of the cards have WH questions. But you can come up with your own questions too! Select a handful of pictures ahead of time you plan to use in the game and create your own higher level questions to use. I just jot them down on index cards so I am ready to use them (and I can reuse them over and over when playing this game!!!) I just store those index cards right in the game box! You can see below some sample questions I created for one of the picture cards!
Using Stare Junior to Work on Relevant and Irrelevant Details
Our students need to understand what details are important and which are not. Whether it is to play this game and to know which details to focus on and memorize or while reading a story which are important to mention in a summary. We can use these pictures and discuss with our students which details are important and which we can skip. We can model how we would think to ourselves while memorizing and our inner dialogue. They benefit from these models!!
Using Stare Junior to Work on Articulation
Have articulation goals? Pick out pictures that have the target sound! So fun and easy! So many opportunities to practice that sound while answering questions and describing the picture. You can even change the rules and for each number the roll they have to practice that item in the picture with their sound that many times!
As you can see…this fun game is great for working on so many goals! Make planning easier by taking a game and using it how it was intended and changing it up a bit! Your students won’t know or care that you changed the rules! Use the link below to check this game out on Amazon! (disclaimer: Amazon Affiliate link used!!) Want to see more of my favorite games to use with older speech students?! CLICK HERE!