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.
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. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following directions develops concise directing and describing skills in a fun activity. Students learn to listen carefully, and the therapist/teacher is able to focus on scaffolding and teaching such skills as chunking and re-auditorization without having to simultaneously be giving the auditory input.
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.
Yes, the pieces can be a pain in the neck to cut out. But, once you’ve done it (after laminating the pages), you have it to use over and over again, year after year!
This one is by way of the Creative Art Teacher at TPT, who posted this free cupcake clip art to use.
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