Barrier games are when two children or a child and an adult interact using a ‘barrier’ or ‘divider’ so that each person does not see the other person’s picture scene and objects. Each player has the exact same scene and small pictures behind the barrier. The players must take turns giving each other instructions of where to put the small pictures on the scene. For example “Put the pink car on the road, next to the tree”.
The point is that you cannot see each other player’s picture scene or objects, and must therefore rely on the other person giving you clear, specific and descriptive information. The aim of the game is to end up with exactly the same scenes when the barrier is removed.
Barrier games can be used to help children understand that they need to get a clear message across, must listen carefully to understand specific instructions and ask good questions for clarification.
Groupings can be varied with one player giving instructions to a group or whole class, or two teams, pairs or individuals positioned across a barrier from each other.
Barrier games create an artificial environment, where the child must speak clearly, and give specific instructions using specific vocabulary; otherwise he/she will not be understood. In ordinary life, we often compensate by guessing what the child is trying to say or by looking at what they are looking at, or by allowing the child to use gesture to get his/her message across.
This barrier game package includes two beach scenes and 27 objects including; umbrella, spade, ice-cream, sunglasses, snorkel and mask, ball, floating ring, bucket, fishing rod, sunscreen, shell, sandals, flippers, goggles, fish, sailboat, watermelon, water pistol, towel, soda, camera, octopus, dolphin, seal, seahorse, whale and sandcastle.
This barrier games also includes six characters, full instructions and preparation requirements.