Make this easy game your students will love for next to nothing.
Let’s face it, sometimes speech therapy drills can get boring. Getting all those repetitions is well… repetitious. Adding a fun game keeps my students, (and me) motivated. I am always on the lookout for new open-ended games to change things up.
Tricky Sticks is a perfect quick-play game for speech therapy.
Here’s why I love Tricky Sticks:
1. I can use it for any target
2. It’s perfect for mixed groups
3. I use it with all ages- so easy and they all love it.
4. Quick-play- so you get plenty of repetitions/ responses, maximizing therapy time.
5. Play as long as you like, no set finish time means it lasts your whole session.
6. Space-saving. You can store your sticks in a cup or baggie.
7. Super cheap and easy to make!
I first got this idea from a wonderful resource teacher.
Wow- simple and fun, I had to make a set for speech. I stopped at the dollar store and got a package of colored craft sticks for less than two dollars. Can’t beat that!
I opened the package and separated out 1/3 of the sticks. The rest I put aside. Next, I took a black marker and added stars on the bottom of a few of the third I had separated out, and squares on the bottom of the rest of the third. (ok, maybe it’s rectangles) Not too fancy, but it doesn’t matter a bit.
That’s it! You can make this game in just a few minutes. Easy peasy. Now if only writing IEPs and evaluation reports was this quick and easy. A girl can dream…