Looking for new word games to use in your speech therapy room? Check out the WordAround game from ThinkFun!
This fun game can be used to work on social skills, reading, and vocabulary! Just take the circles out of the box and you are ready to play! ThinkFun was extremely generous to provide me with a sample of this game to try out and share with all of you. However, the thoughts and ideas are still all mine.
Wondering how to play?
Place the circles face up in the middle of your therapy table. Start with something covering the first disk so your students can't cheat!
Then, once you explain the directions (“you are going to try and read the first word in the black circle and call it out once you see it, look both directions”), then remove the covering on the top of the pile. Who can spot the word first?!
Although I lifted the card above so you can easily see, don't lift it until a player says the word out loud. Do you see it?! Yes! It is “inferior”…apologize for my thumb covering the “r!” Those silly Rs always get in the way! So a player calls it out, then takes the card for themselves while flipping it over to reveal a color. That color indicates which color circle you need to read next!
You can keep going until someone gets 10 cards or keep playing until they all run out and see who has the most!
How can you address various speech goals?
- Social skills: requires turn taking, understanding of following rules in games, and even perspective taking.
- Vocabulary: can they define the words they see? Have they heard of them before? You can use this to get a baseline of background knowledge of words!
- Sentence structure: can they use the words in sentences?
- Articulation/Fluency: great for working on strategies for carryover
This game was so much fun! My students kept on requesting to play it. My favorite part? My students that usually struggled or were quiet, really got to shine! Even the TA's in my room wanted to participate! I had to think a bit on a few rounds too!
Learn more about this awesome game by checking them out on Amazon or their website by clicking HERE! Did I mention that ThinkFun is also donating a copy of this game to give away at the Speech Retreat? Learn more about this workshop by clicking HERE!