Using “Doggy Bags” for Articulation

I picked up this fun game as a great way to work on articulation.

How the game works: The children (or the child and I) each get one of the two bags filled with plastic food. No one can look into their bag. When the first card is flipped over both participants race to find the food on the card using only their hands (not their eyes).

Here’s my storage for the articulation mini objects I bought from Speech Tree Co. I love them and I’m bummed they’re no longer available

How I modify it: I bought mini objects from Speech Tree Company (you have to get on the waiting list to be able to order them) and made cards for my most frequent targets (/r/, /l/, and blends for each). Even though I only have one of each item I use the same rules as above then the child has to say the word or use the word in a sentence after finding it. For other phonemes I dump the items into the bag and then name an item off the list for the child to find. When I’m working with 2 children I give them each a different phoneme and tell them each which item to find when I say, “go!” For animal-assisted intervention I add a dog treat to each bag and when I flip over the “Freddie” picture the treat becomes the goal. Whoever gets it gets to give it to my speech therapy dog, Zooey.

Here are some more ideas for addressing articulation in play-based activities.