Mystery Spots: A Guessing Game for Speech Therapy
Color and Black & White Options
This activity was designed to be a simple game to use in therapy or in the classroom (plus it targets language in an engaging way!) The student will uncover clues and try to guess the secret word before the clues are all gone! This is similar to 20 questions games just simplified for younger students. I use this activity to target word finding, categories, inferencing, and more. You could also use it for a carry over activity for articulation or fluency. This activity is separated into ten categories with functional, recognizable vocabulary for elementary aged students. Categories included: animals, food, people, places, toys, vehicles, furniture, clothing, school supplies, and tools.
Materials needed: Mystery Spots mats, secret word covers (included), black dry erase markers or checkers. If you do not own either of these, I provided circles to use to cover the clues instead.
Assembly: Print the mats and laminate or place in page protectors. Laminate large secret word covers (large colored circles with question marks on page 52 of the download). Optional clue cover circles: laminate and cut out.
(For a low prep option print and use checkers)
★Dry Erase Marker: Cover up the secret word with one of the covers (you may choose to place a velcro dot on these to hold them in place). Color in each clue circle with a black dry erase marker. Read the hint to the student. The student will choose a circle to uncover (by erasing it) and try to guess the secret word after the clue is read. The object is to guess the word with the least amount of clues. Some of the clues are obvious and some are vague, I tell my students to pick a lucky clue! The student only gets one guess per clue. If you are doing this in a group, you can make it a competition (whoever has the most spots still covered wins). At the end of the session, you can have your students color in the spots for the next session (my students loved helping me do this).
★Checkers: I use the game pieces for checkers or connect four. Play the game like stated above but instead of coloring the spots in, simply cover them with a checker.
★Provided dots: If you do not own checkers or dry erase markers, use the provided clue cover circles to cover up the clues and play the game as stated above.
I provided a page guide and printing guide on page 4 of the download.
**After your student guesses the word, have them retell you the clues they uncovered. This can help strengthen their defining skills. You could even look up the definition and compare it to the clues.
**If you are using this in a group, you can let the other student know what the secret word is. They can answer yes or no when the other student guesses.
**Use play dough to cover up the clues.
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