Play the alphabet game where you take turns going through the alphabet thinking of an animal or a food that starts with each letter of the alphabet. When targeting speech sounds you can play a similar game, only instead of thinking of animals that start with the letter k you might think of as many words as you can that start with the /k/ sound like “cat,” “cookie” and “kite.” You take turns going back and forth until someone is stumped and can’t think of another word. Or try to find license plate numbers that have the letters/sounds you’re targeting. Another idea is “I Spy” using certain sounds. For example, “I spy something that starts with a K.”
2. Sidewalk chalk
You could create your own hopscotch game with speech words, make your own life size board game with speech words, or simply draw and color speech words in the driveway. Let your kids have a great time expressing their creativity on the concrete canvas of the driveway all while practicing the sounds they need work on at the same time.
3. Picture Scavenger Hunt
Go through the house and or yard and take pictures of as many things as you can that start with your targeted sound. Whoever takes the most pictures wins. In order to get the prize they have to say each word clearly.
4. Playdough fun
Draw a word out of a hat, then shape your playdough into that word. Have the other players guess what you have created. For extra points you could have them say the word in a sentence.
5. In the sand
Whether you are in your backyard sand box or at the beach, kids of all ages love the sand! Make it a speech activity by burying objects or laminated picture cards for them to find. When they find the objects or speech cards have them say the word as they put them in their sand pail.
6. Flashlight Hide and Seek
Tape your practice words around the house then turn off the lights. Hand your child a flashlight and then go find the words. Have them say each word as they find them.
7. Reading Books
Choose books that are interesting to your kids and help them find pictures or words that start with the sounds they are working on. You may have them just listen as you say the words clearly for them to hear, or you may have them try saying the words as well.
8. On the Go
Grab your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and have fun practicing the words, sentences and stories anywhere. This is always fun, and just perfect when you are waiting at the doctors office, driving in the car, on a plane, or at home with nowhere to go at all.
Check out this page for tons of articulation cards to practice with!