Associations & Describing: In the Doghouse! Speech Therapy or Literacy Centers

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Teach word associations and build description skills with this fun dog-themed game. Students match the pictures that go together, then describe how they are related using a visual support.

Differentiation is easy with provided visual supports for sentence structure, associations, and describing. You will be able to use this activity for a variety of ages and skill levels. I use it with Pre-K to 4th!

Great for small group speech therapy, literacy centers, or RTI instruction. Includes an open-ended board game with a mischievous little dog that may be used to teach any target.


  • 30 pairs/60 picture cards of associated objects
  • Word Pair Cards for easy reference
  • Cue Sheet to help children identify possible commonalities
  • Sentence Mat to support children in constructing a sentence describing how pairs are associated.
  • In The Doghouse! A Fun Open-ended Game

How Are They Similar? Cue Card may be used to help children describe how pairs are related.

Sentence Mat: Used to help children describe the relationship in a complete sentence.

In the Doghouse! Game: Put cards together in matched pairs. The child takes a pair and describes how they are related, then spins the spinner and moves the game piece. Included game circles may be used or any game pawn you may have.

Memory game: Turn cards face down, turn over two at a time. When a match is found the child keeps the pair and describes how the pair is related. Wordlist cards can be used to help identify matches.


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15 pages
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30 minutes
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