Free Barrier Game for Giving and Following Directions Build a Cupcake

Susan Berkowitz
Grade Levels
K - 4th, Homeschool
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10 pages
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  1. Barrier games are often used by speech-language pathologists to increase receptive and expressive language skills, for giving and following directions, as well as comparing and contrasting and describing. They are a fun way for students to work cooperatively to build their skills.This is a bundle o
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Barrier games develop concise directing and describing skills in a fun activity. Students learn to listen carefully, and the therapist is able to focus on scaffolding and teaching such skills as chunking and re-auditorization without having to simultaneously be giving the auditory input.

Barrier games can be fun in pairs, small groups, or even whole classes.

They have been used for decades as a fun way to build both listening and speaking skills.


  • Cupcake bottoms and icings in 2 sizes
  • Plates
  • People
  • Background scenes
  • Cherries
  • Hats

This particular activity can be kept simple for younger students, by having them simply take turns building and describing single cupcakes to each other.

Or make it more fun for older or more competent communicators by using the scenes provided.

I love using barrier games in language intervention. I discovered them back in the 1990’s and have built tons of them ever since, constantly trying to keep them fun and fresh for my students.

I have lots of fun barrier games in my store, as well as other activities for building language skills.

Try my bundle of 5 barrier games resources, found HERE

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10 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.
Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.


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