Sunday, February 15, 2015

Go Fish! Card decks for articulation therapy

In my room, I have a commercial set of articulation cards that are perfect for playing Go Fish. My kids love the game, but this set doesn't have the sound targeted the way I want.

So I made my own.

I made them so that they are the size of regular playing cards.  I don't know about you, but in my house, I have sets of cards, often missing a card or two.  I made my Go Fish cards the same size as regular playing cards and simply glued mine onto the regular cards and laminated. It didn't take long, and they are super durable. 

Now my kids can play 'Go Fish', and I didn't have to pay a fortune for more Articulation Cards.  Although my school system is wealthy by North Carolina standards, we don't have an instructional budget.  They let us use a nice color printer, though, so here I go!

If you don't know the rules for Go Fish, here they are.  It's easy for the kids.

 Standard Go Fish game--- The dealer deals 5 cards to each player. The remaining cards are placed face down in a pile in the middle of the table.
One player starts. A turn consists of asking another player for a specific card to match one in his hand. For example, if it is my turn I might say: 'Mary, Do you have ‘car'? The player who asks must already hold the matching card. If the player who was asked (Mary) has ‘car’, then she must give it to the person who asked. That player then gets another turn and may again ask any player for any card already held by the asker.

If the person asked does not have the card asked for, she says 'Go fish!'. The asker must then draw the top card of the pile.
As soon as a player collects a match, this can be discarded face up. I often have the kids then use the word on the matched card in a sentence.

The game continues until either someone has no cards left in their hand or the pile runs out. The winner is the player who then has the most matches. (I don’t stress the winning or losing part.)

 I like this game for my kids because they automatically have to put the word into a question, and then once the cards are played, we can go back and review, or I can have them use the words in a sentence they make up.  They are motivated to play, and it's great for all ages.  I'm sure there are other uses for the cards.  I just like this game.

I have these made now for Initial R, Vocalic R, and the two sets bundled together.
I also have a K set, a G set, and a bundle of K and G.

If you are a starving CF and want these donated to you, let me know.  Otherwise, the price is modest.

I'm doing a snow dance for Tuesday.

1 comment:

  1. Go fish is a classic. After the game targeting the skill, it is also great to build in language around math... More, most, Less, least, pairs and addition. "If you have 6 pairs & I have 4 pairs, how many pairs do we have together?" "If you have 8 and I have 5, how many more would I need to have 8?" Counting by twos, etc. so many possibilities!