My birthday blogging bash is still continuing with another fun GAME GIVEAWAY! It’s time for my how would YOU use it? monthly giveaway and I am giving away a copy of the game Toss Across. I have some kids that need to be distracted by a game while they are working and anything with bean bags is usually a winner.
You can snag this fun game at amazon (affiliate links included). I know my students love anything that involves throwing, so I picked this game up for my speech room.
This game can be played on the ground or on a table. It isn’t super huge, so you could bring this along from site to site if you are a traveling SLP.
It is 17 x 10.5 x 4.5 inches and very light weight. It comes with 6 mini bean bags as well. When you toss a bean bag and it hits a square, it will either be an X, O or a blank. Whoever gets a tic tac toe wins the game, but the other opponents can knock out your X or O and change the status of the game. You can also hit more than one square.
Speech Room News shares a great idea on how to use this game “articulation” style.
I used my Fall Grammar & Vocabulary Pack to work on verbs and putting together simple sentences by taping the cards to the “blank” spots of the toss across game. If the bean bag hits a square and spins a picture card, the student has to create a sentence.
My older students working on social skills did a little Q & A with this game. If the square landed on a Q, then they had to ask a question to a peer. If they landed on an A, then they had to answer a question from myself or a peer.
How I would use in therapy:
- Playing the game as a reinforcer is always a great option. The turns are so quick, that you can get a lot of practice in between rounds. Sometimes I do drill and kill for 5-10 minutes, then let the kids play for 2-3 minutes, then we are back at it again with practice.
- Tape point cards to the game pieces and play a point style game. Whoever has the most points at the end wins! This would be used as a reinforcer for whatever speech or language target the student is working on.
- Work on categories with this game. Again, tape pictures of different items in a category and the student has to name and describe the item by attributes.
- Practice turn taking, waiting, and the expected vs. unexpected behaviors for winning/losing a game. Have the students pair up into teams to work on making encouraging comments when their peer does an awesome shot.
HOW WOULD YOU USE THIS GAME IN THERAPY? I would love to know your ideas because when we all share our tips and tricks, it helps everyone out!
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