This is a quick little post to talk about a game that I like to use often during speech therapy sessions with my grade school students. That game is Connect Four and it is made by Hasbro and can be found on-line and in many department stores. In fact, it’s probably on your shelf right now because you bought it years ago! 🙂 Gosh, I have a game left over from my childhood that my mother saved and gave to me in my 30’s. This game has been around for a long time folks and I would call it a classic!
Here are some reasons why I like to use this game.
To begin, I would like to discuss how awesome this game is for working on various concepts. For instance, with this young student we practiced putting our checkers IN and watched them fall OUT. We also counted how many fell out and later tried to see how many checkers that we could fit ON TOP. We also talked about colors. I had him work on identifying BLACK and RED each time one was inserted.
I also like to work on patterns in speech therapy and here we practiced putting the colors in a black and red alternating pattern in this picture (ABAB pattern.)
Of course articulation can be worked on during this game too. In fact, I chose this game because this student here is working on the /CH/ sound. We had many opportunities to practice the initial /CH/ in the word “checkers” as we placed them in.
“CH” Let’s pull our tongue up and push the air out as we pucker and say a good “CH” 🙂
We also had the opportunity to practice turn-taking during this game. Cues were needed for him to remember to not go too fast and to wait until I had time to also take a turn.
Problem solving is also worked on during this game. The student has to constantly be thinking about where to go and how many more checkers are needed in order to win the game by getting four of their checkers placed in a row going either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
Good Ole’ Connect Four. It is a wonderful game to have as a reinforcer for articulation. For example, students can put in a checker for each repetition of a targeted sound.. It is also a great game for working on the articulation sounds of /K/ and /CH/ “blacK” and “CHecKers” and more sounds too!
In addition, it is a fantastic game for practicing the pragmatic skill of turn-taking and the cognitive skills of problem solving and reasoning because students have to always be thinking about how to make four checkers happen in a row
Finally, it is a great game for working on concepts like: in, out, under, beside. Also, the concept of counting can be done to at least 50! You can address color identification of black and red. Lastly, I’ll mention the fun that you can have with building patterns with your students.
Maybe you’ll want to pull out this classic game during your next speech therapy session?
Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC
Note; Twin Speech Language & Literacy is not affiliated with Hasbro and its game, Connect Four. We just enjoy playing it with our students!