Sometimes our students with speech sound disorders are NOT digging our drill and kill activities. And, if our students aren’t motivated to practice their speech sound goals, progress suffers. What if I told you that there are games that are sound loaded to help you embed a LOT of practice with your student’s goals? In this blog post, I will share the BEST s-blends speech therapy games to get high trials in your speech sessions.
Tips for Targeting S-blends With Games
One of the easiest ways is to have your students practice a set of words or phrases before taking each turn.
Or, you can have a list of s-blends related to the game to have your students say while playing.
I pull out my toy and game cheat sheet to help me remember s-blend targets to use with a game. It helps save so much brain energy and keeps therapy moving along.
S-blends Game #1 – Yeti in My Spaghetti
- Grab a spaghetti
- Stay on top!
- Slippery spaghetti
- Keep steady!
You can also name your yeti a name with an s-blend consonant cluster you are trying to target with students.
Using Greedy Granny to Sneak in Some Practice
Some other s-blend words that you can infuse into the gameplay are listed as follows:
The s-blends game you probably play often!
Each turn, you can have students practice their s-blend words for the number of spaces they moved. For example, if they picked an orange card and moved up five spaces, they could practice five words. For every turn, you can have them say, “I stepped on the orange square.” or whatever color they landed on the board game.
S-blends Game #4 to Use in Speech Therapy
This game makes it so easy to target s-blends
Then, during the game, you can have them use phrases such as “Spin me something good!” or “Stay away, sneaky squirrel.”
If you have a plush squirrel, or a squirrel mouth printable, you can have your students practice their s-blends while feeding the squirrel the acorns. You can have your students say, “Here’s a tasty snack.” or “I snatched an acorn for you.” as they feed the squirrel.
What games do you love to use to target s-blends?
Keeping our students motivated to practice their speech sounds can be much easier when we find something they love! Get more therapy ideas for getting high trials in this blog post.