As I mentioned in my previous post, I recently purchased some new toys and games for my speech room and am excited to share all the fun ways to help your child increase speech and language skills!
Many of you are familiar with the “Angry Birds” game on iPhones and iPads. When I ran across the Matchbox “Angry Birds Slingshot Launch” I couldn’t be more excited to find a way for my kiddos to move away from the technology and into a more engaging and interactive game! Keep in mind that the same activities I recommend can be used with any “race” type car activity.
- As always, fun games can be used as a reward to saying ___ number of speech sounds.
- This track has three “Pigs” that you can knock off when you launch the car. Instead of the pigs, you can place artic cards to crash!
- Other Matchbox brand cars will fit on this track. Place a variety of cars in a container that you have control of and wait for your child to communicate they need “more” “cars,” etc. You can also withhold cars to wait for non-verbal communication such as eye contact and pointing
- Give them choices around language concepts such as “Do you want a big or little car” Often they will choose “big,” but then they are working on problem solving because the “big” cars do not fit on the track
- Problem Solving: There are a few steps required for this game to be fun. You have to be able to pull back on the launcher to get it ready for the car and set up the pigs to knock down. Most of my kiddos cannot do this alone so it provides a good opportunity for them to ask for help or for you to have them follow directions (e.g. pull on the yellow button)
Pragmatic Language/Play Skills:
- If you are working on shared attention and engagement, this is just a fun game for you to play WITH your child. If your child is known to play independently, this game can provide opportunities for your child to interact with you to get the game going.
- This game is also a great way for you to use affect to help your child engage and interact with you. It should be more fun to watch mommy or daddy say “Wow!” “Look out” “Crash!” then to play the game independently
- Place yourself at the end of the track so the car can “crash” into you and your child can laugh and delight in mommy or daddy getting “crashed”
- Turn taking with other adults or peers to launch the car
- You can begin working on pretend play by placing characters at the end of the track to crash such as a “mean animal” or a person that can respond with “ouch I’m hurt and need help!”