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I’ve noticed the novelty and excitement of using the iPad has started to fade a bit with my kids. I find them asking to play some of my board game and non-iPad activities instead. I never thought that I would see the day when a fifth grader would choose Candy Land over Angry Birds! Since just about every kid has access to a tablet or smart device of some sort, playing a game that you can actually hold the pieces for seems new and fun. You heard it hear folks, board games are back!


Here are some a my favorite board games, and non-ipad games, to use in speech with all my different age groups. If there is a game you like, just click the link to go to Amazon and check it out.  There are no Amazon Affiliate links in this post, I just felt it would be easier to link to Amazon than a different site if there was something you wanted to check out.

I use these games as general reinforcement, to target basic concepts, describing, pragmatics, comparing and contrasting, categorizing, expanding utterances, and more.
1. CandyLand


2. Pop the Pig


3. Connect Four


4. Apples to Apples, Jr.


5. Cariboo and Cariboo Island This game was discontinued a few years ago, but you can find them at store like Goodwill, Salvation Army, or at garage sales.



6. Suspend


7. Chutes and Ladders


8. Pet Detectives


9. Headbandz


10. Bounce Off


11.  Avalanche Fruit Stand




These games can work for just about any age group.  If you are looking for games for older kids, 5th grade to Jr. High, you can check out THIS POST  I didn’t about games that older kids will actually play.   What games do you like? Signature2


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Hey there! I’m Maureen Wilson, a school-base SLP who is data driven and caffeine powered. My passion is supporting other pediatric SLPs by teaching them how to harness the power of literacy and data to help their students achieve their goals…without sacrificing time they don’t have.

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  1. Uno always a hit with any age. For the older set pick-up-sticks. I can always find a tube of these around the holidays.

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