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Grab your wooden unstacking blocks game and these mats for a FUN and EFFECTIVE speech therapy session! I love playing stacking blocks in therapy but my students often got frustrated with how easy it is to knock over (and some of my students would knock it over or bump the table on purpose). I wanted to figure out a way to play this game without as much frustration! This is how Language Blocks was born!
☆ This product is available in two money saving BUNDLES ☆ Updated March 2018
This activity covers the following language objectives using functional vocabulary.
• Categories (name the category, name items in a category, which one doesn’t belong)
• Compare/Contrast (with 2 options: same/different on separate tiles or same/different on the the same tile).
• Vocabulary (naming item from a description)
• Wh-Questions (who, what, when, where, why, how, and mixed)
• Defining (with visual cues: what category, what does it do, what does is look like, what is is made of, what do you do with it).
• Describing (with five senses visual cues)
• -ing Verbs
• Regular Past Tense
• Irregular Past Tense Verbs
• Regular Plurals
• Irregular Plurals
• Following Directions (1, 2, & 3 steps)
• Fix the Sentences (sentence absurdities & subject-verb agreement)
• Multiple Meaning Words
• Social Situations (what would you say or do?)
• Blank Templates (Name the Category, Wh Questions, Following Directions, Defining, Describing, Fix the Sentence, Idioms, and a generic blank template).
• Fillable (type-able) blank page
Over 80 mats!
→ Materials: stacking blocks game (wooden stacking blocks/tumbling tower blocks). You will also need to select one of the Language Blocks Mats that target your student’s objective.
→ Game Set up: Stack the blocks up like the traditional game (three blocks together, alternating directions per 3 blocks…like the image above). Pick the Language Blocks mat that you need for your students and place it in front of them.
→ Game Play: Start off by telling your students this isn’t the regular stacking block game (where you take blocks off and stack them back on top). Tell them this is an UN-stacking game!
Each player will carefully remove a block out of the tower (they are not allowed to take one of the top blocks until the tower is down to 2 layers or no other blocks can be removed without it tumbling down). Then they get to choose a block on their mat to put it on. The student will answer the target question/task and then place the block over it.
→ The object of the game is to fill up your Language Blocks mat as much as you can before someone knocks over the tower. This will provide language practice while playing a fun game!
Also check out my similar product Language Builders
This activity uses the same type of blocks but the students build on the mats (to make shapes/images). This version is better for students who struggle with fine motor skills. This product comes with 19 mats (5 language targets: categories, compare/contrast, association, wh-questions, and vocabulary).
I also have this available for Articulation!
This activity covers 6 fluency strategies with multiple levels of difficulty for each one. I also included strategy teaching cards, posters, and visuals. Click here to check it out
I also have this available for conversation/carry over!
Check out My Speech & Language Builders FREEBIE Here! These mats are blank and intended to be used as an open-ended activity during therapy sessions.