Thursday, August 16, 2012

Shark Week

While watching Shark Week the other night with my kids (is that bad?), I remembered coming across this cool shark envelope online a little while ago, and thought it would be the perfect time to use it in therapy.

After making the shark, each child glued their target word pictures onto colorful construction paper fish.

Next came the fun part - "feeding" their fish to the shark!

After that, we played a game with the fish pictures.  I put all the fish out on the table "into the sea", and added a few fish with shark teeth.

Just  a few simple rules:

1. Flip over all the fish so you can't see the pictures.  Take turns "catching" a fish.  Turn over the fish and say the name of the picture.  If the word is pronounced correctly, you can keep the fish.  If not, it goes back in the "sea".

2. If you catch a fish with shark teeth, all of your fish have to go back in the "sea".

3.  Whoever has the most fish at the end of the game is the winner. 

Besides providing an opportunity to practice target words, this game is also good for turn-taking, naming colors, sorting, counting, and learning concepts more and less.  

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