Speech Therapy ....... From beginning to end
A game to practice putting the sounds 'ch', 'sh' and 'th' at
the beginning or end of words.
This game may not be suitable for very young children or non-readers
as it does involve some reading of words on the clue cards. The
game could always be simplified so that only pictures are present
on the clue cards.
Remember always consult your speech therapist to check if this
sort of game is suitable for your child.
Materials needed to play this game
- A Beginning to end game board - available from our downloads
section as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file (in a zipped folder)
- A set of Beginning to end clue cards - available from our downloads
section as 3 Adobe Acrobat PDF files (in a zipped folder) The clue cards
are shuffled at the beginning of each game and place in a pile face
- Counters (small circles of coloured card)
- A die (or number spinner)
- Paper and pencil to note down the player's scores
To play the game
Each player starts with their counter on the Begin circle
The first player throws the die
They move that number of circles along the spiral.
If the circle has on it
the player must say a word beginning with sh
the player must say a word beginning with ch
the player must say a word beginning with th
sh the player must say a word ending with sh
ch the player must say a word ending with ch
th the player must say a word ending with th
If the player can think of and say a (correct) word by themselves they
score 2 points
If the player can't think of a word they can take a clue card from the
top of the pile.
Each clue card has a word or picture for each of the beginning and ending
sounds. If the player can now say a correct word they score 1 point. Remember
to keep game playing a positive experience and give help where needed
e.g. with reading words on the clue cards.
Clue cards are returned to the bottom of the pile face down.
If the player still cannot say a correct word they score 0 points.
The next player then takes a turn.
Remember to keep a tally of each player's points as the game progresses.
The game finishes when the first player reaches the end circle.
The player's points are then added up - the first player to reach the
end circle will not necessarily be the winner!
To make a longer game you can play from beginning to end and back again!
This time the game finishes when the first player gets all the way to
end and then all the way back to the beginning circle.
For non-readers use picture only clue cards
For more advanced readers use word clues only.
To make the game harder note down each word as it is used and that word
cannot be used again!
Try simplifying the game by using only two sounds e.g. 'sh' and 'ch'
Make a simpler game using only starting sounds e.g. 's' and 'f'
There are plenty of clipart images in our clipart section that you could
use to make clue cards.
Laminate the game board and clue cards to extend their life.