If I told you that this game was the most asked for game in my room, would you believe me? It totally is…and it cost one whole dollar!
This is my oldest and best trick in the book. I took one Dollar Store beach ball and a sharpie. I wrote questions and stimulus items all over it and put a circle around them. I included things like naming items in a category, describing objects, and WH questions.
Here is how we play…I have the kids stand in a circle. I make VERY clear rules. Students must say the name of the person they are throwing to and they must throw gently & underhand. If they violate these rules, they are out of the game…I don’t mess around with this. Everyone has to get the same amount of turns and most of the time, they are good about spreading the love. If not, I tell them who to throw to by intercepting the ball. They like this 🙂 When they catch the ball, they answer the question that their right thumb is touching (or pinkie or pointer or whatever I feel like). We work on sentence structure, vocab, artic carryover, fluency, and any other goals! It is also good for getting the kids up and moving…we can even take this one outside, which I love to do. Great opportunities for social language also with all the interaction and turn taking. With some of those groups, I have had them ask the question to another student that their finger touches.
I have literally had this ball since my first year of therapy. I have not found one single kid who doesn’t enjoy playing with this and I get so much speech and language practice out of it, everyone wins! I can even bargain to get 25 minutes of straight drill just to play this game for 5 minutes. It’s incredible! I also feel like the possibilities are endless with what you can target!
What do you think? Do you have any fun beach ball games?