This game companion was designed to be a simple, no-prep activity to target articulation in an engaging way. These mats pair with the popular toppling/balancing game. This pack includes the following sounds: initial/final: p, b, m; final: n, t, d; initial/medial/final: k, g, f, v, l, s, z, ch, j, th, sh; pre-vocalic r; vocalic r (er, ar, or, air, ear, ire); rblends; lblends; sblends (separate mats for sp, st, sm, sn, sk, sl, sw, mixed).
Materials Needed: Toppling Articulation mats, toppling/balancing game.
(game not included with this download, must be purchased separately).
Color and Black and White Versions included!
Optional Assembly: You can laminate the mats for continued use or place them in page protectors if desired. You can use them as a print-and-go activity and let the students take them home after the session.
Use the game as directed (read the game instructions). Place all the colored discs for the game on the mat over the target words (each player gets a different color). On each turn the student will practice the target words under the discs. The game requires the student to roll a die to determine the placement of the disc on the balancing board, you could have the student produce the word that number of times or you can determine the number of trials per word. My older students love the original game play for this game (it is more competitive with points based on placement and rows).
Simplified scoring version: If the original game play is too difficult (or you prefer a quicker way to score the game), after all of the discs are placed on the board (the students can stack them on the others’ discs to block points), score each disc that is on top as one point. The player with the most points wins.
If scoring is too complicated for younger students, I have them practice and just place the discs on the balancing board trying not to topple it over (a simplified version that does not keep points).
Use play dough to smash over the circles as you play the game.
Use bingo chips to place over the circles.
Use bingo dotters with the black and white version for a low ink/no prep activity (or to send as homework).
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