I was working with a kindergartner yesterday and she pulled out a simple game she had made at school. She asked if we could play it so we had several fun rounds of this Native American Stick Game. It is so simple but fun and certainly educational as kids toss up the three tongue depressor sticks and a combination of patterns appears. They have to match the three patterns to those on a chart with numbers assigned to each combination. Sequencing, pattern recognition, number recognition and counting all come into play. We were working on the “sh” sound so we practiced a few sentences before each turn and used some carrier phrases for speech therapy practice like, “I should get___” or “She wants___.” Thanks to the Native American Indians for such a fun game!
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Erika O. Cardamone, MS, CCC-SLP