You will love this blog post if you are tired of using flashcards and worksheets in your speech therapy sessions! Today, I am sharing how to use the Lids N Lizards speech therapy board game to cover LOTS of goals.
Not only is this one of my go-to category games for speech therapy, but it’s also so easy to adapt for targeting speech sounds.
Where Can SLPs Get The Lids ‘N Lizards Speech Therapy Game?
How to Play Lids N Lizards
The Lids ‘N Lizard game has green metal tins and little lizards. You place magnetic vocabulary pictures on the roof of the metal tins. Then, lay the lids on the table and hide lizards under the metal tins. Students take turns picking up metal tins to see if they found a lizard. If they have a lizard under their tin, they get to keep the lizard. The student with the most lizards at the end of the game wins! With each turn, the student has to describe the pictured item under the lid. One way to adapt this game all year long is to put different items under the lids. I made some seasonal printables that you can download for FREE below. Each item in the download has /l/, so instead of Lids ‘N Lizards, you can call the game Lids ‘N Leprechauns, Lids ‘N Lunchboxes, Lids ‘N Ladybugs, and so on!
How to Adapt for Mixed Groups
Articulation Goals – This speech therapy game for students working on /l/, /z/, or /r/ at the word or phrase level. For students working on other sounds, you can create carrier phrases with their sound, such as “I found a/an _____” for /f/ or “I spy a/an _______” for s-blends.
Phonological Awareness – Ask students if they hear their target sound with the magnetic picture, count syllables for the word, or identifying the beginning and ending sounds.
Vocabulary Goals – The game is already designed to work on describing common nouns. You can always use lids and magnets to work on naming adjectives, describing attributes, and answering wh-questions about the items.
Grammar Goals – When a student picks up the pictured item, you can have them name the noun’s function or action word. They can use the verb in sentences such as “The boy eats the ice cream.” Have the student work on past, present or future tense. With the noun picture item, you can also work on marking plurals or having students create a sentence with an adjective or prepositional phrase. The student can also work on marking pronouns by talking “who” has a certain picture item, such as “She has the ice cream.” or “Give the truck to him.”
More Speech Therapy Goals to Target With the Game
Speech Fluency – With all the mentioned articulation and language therapy ideas mentioned above, you can do similar activities while having the student practice their speech fluency strategies.
Social Pragmatics – While playing the game, you can work on students following the social rules of the game. Students can practice having their brains and body thinking about the people in the group. So, they can work on their non-verbal listening skills while the other person is sharing an item and then have to retell what the person said to show that they had their brain in the group. You can also grab a set of problem-solving or social situations the student must answer before taking a turn at the game.
How Do You Use This Speech Therapy Board Game With Your Students?
I have used the lids and magnetic pictures to have students sort items by categories. I just use the lids to have the students sort the items onto the correct category group. This has been very effective for my younger students that need hands-on experience. How do you adapt this game in speech therapy? Share in the comments! Need more games for your therapy room? Check out some of my favorite games HERE.
If you need more speech therapy articulation games, check out this list for targeting s-blends.