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P Sentence Speech Games
Carryover of Progress Happens Here!

Congratulations! You have made it to Sentence Level Games for P. Yeah! 

I want you to throw away your flashcards because when your child sees "speech flashcards," he or she goes in to "speech mode." In "speech mode," your child remembers to say P correctly. However, when your child is not in "speech mode," he or she may not say the sound right.

Therefore, your child now must work on on saying P during structured games. This is how we transition all the great progress made so far into automatic, everyday speech (no more errors!)

I created games that naturally contain P words. To be successful with you games, make sure to incorporate as many P sentences as possible. Also, give appropriate verbal, visual, and tactile cues as needed.

Lastly, remember to have fun!!

My Best Practice Tips:

1. At first, model the correct word and/or sentence during games. Don’t force your child to repeat after you.

2. As your child improves, start prompting your child to say the target words. If your child refuses, give them 3 opportunities to say the word. If he or she still doesn't say it, move on. DON’T CAUSE FRUSTRATION!

3. Adapt games to the level of your child. If your child is  only using 1-2 word phrases, your phrases during a game should not be more than 2 words. We are working on speech not language here.

4. If your child is not speaking in sentences, don't worry!  Just change the target sentences to single words.


Pop Bubbles

Bubbles are one of the best games to practice the P sound. It is naturally motivating to children, and adults like it too!

Target Sentences: Pop bubbles, Popping bubbles, Blow bubbles up

How to Play: Everyone knows how to play bubbles, but I will tell you how to play “speech” bubbles. Before each turn, pick a sentence from above and say it. Your child has to say the same sentence before each turn. 

Example Script:

  • Parent: Ready, set, go!
  • Child: Pop bubbles, pop bubbles (say this phrase as you pop bubbles)


  • Parent: Where should I blow bubbles?
  • Child: Blow bubbles up! (and repeat)

Clean up Game

This is not really a game but it can be played throughout the day since most children "clean up" multiple times per day.

Target Sentences:  Clean Up, Pick Up

How to "Play:" See script below

Example Script:

  • Parent: Time to clean up. Every time we put a toy away, we need to say "clean up____" or "pick up____"
  • Child: Pick up car, pick up blocks
  • Parent: Good job! Let's find some more things to pick up

Other Variations: If your child is doing well, you can work on past tense verbs and P. You and your child can review everything that you picked up by saying "I picked up___." 

Bath Time

Bath time is a great time to practice P and it usually happens daily already!

Target Sentences: Pour water

How to Play: During bath time, grab some cups and have fun taking turns pouring water. However, you must say "pour water" before taking a turn!

Example Script of Sentences: 

  • Parent: What do you want to do? (ask while holding a cup)
  • Child: Pour water! (give child cup to pour water)
  • Parent: Good job! (take cup back and asked question again or see if your child will pour water again or simply repeat the phrase without a prompt)

Paper Toss

Let's make this popular app a real life game!

Target Sentences: Toss the paper, Squish paper

How to Play: Get out scrap pieces of paper and an empty bucket. Take turns "squishing the paper" into balls. Once all the balls are made, take turns tossing the paper into the bucket saying "toss the paper" before each turn. 

Example Script: Squish the Paper

  • Parent: Lets makes some balls out of paper
  • Parent: Squish the paper (says this as you make a paper ball)
  • Parent: Your turn to make a paper ball. Say "squish the paper"
  • Child: Squish paper (as your child squishes paper)
  • Parent: Good job, let's make some more!

Example Script: Toss Paper

  • Parent: Let's toss the paper into the bucket
  • Parent: My turn, toss the paper! (say this as you toss paper into the bucket)
  • Child: Toss paper (as he or she tosses the paper)
  • Parent: Good job! Don't forget to use your good P sound. 

Bunny Hop

This is a fun game that I do in short bursts with my students. Some times we do this instead of walking from activity to activity

Target Sentences: I am hopping

How to Play: Tell your child that you are going to teach him or her how to hop like a bunny. Hop a few paces and encourage your child to imitate. Once your child can hop, instruct him or her that to do the hop properly, you must say "I am hopping" while hopping.

Example Script of Sentences:

  • Parent: Let's hop, ready...1.2..3.. go
  • Child: I am hopping (while hopping)

Stop & Go

This is a fun, active game

Target Sentences: Now go, Now Stop

How to Play: One player is a leader and one player is a follower. The leader decides what excercie the follower is going to do. It can be running, jumping, hopping, jumping jacks, etc... The leader says..."now go" for the players to start the activity. The leader then alternates with "now go" and "now stop" for a few turns before switching roles. This game is helpful for working on listening skills as well as attention.

Example Script of Sentences:

  • Parent: Let's play a fun game. We are going to do jumping jacks. You can be the leader. When you want me to start say "now go."
  • Child: Now...go!
  • Parent: Parenting jumping
  • Child: Now stop!
  • Parent: Parent freezes
  • etc...

Art: Pen or Pencil

This is a nice game to do while your child is coloring or writing

Target Sentences: I want pen or I want pencil

How to Play: Tell your child that he or she is going to draw a picture. Before starting, give 2 choices.... "Do you want a pen or do you want a pencil?" Encourage your child to answer in a complete sentence "I want pen" or "I want pencil." While your child is drawing, offer the other utensil..."do you want a pen now?"

Example Script of Sentences:

  • Parent: Do you want a pen or pencil?
  • Child: I want pen
  • Parent: Here to you go (give pen)
  • Child: Drawing
  • Parent: Do you want a new pen or a pencil?
  • Child: Pencil
  • Parent: Whole sentence please ..."I want pencil"
  • Child: I want pencil
  • Parent: Good job! Here you go (give pencil)

Eating Time

This is a very functional game as we eat at least 3 times a day. Personally, I eat about 6 times per day but that is another topic!

Target Words: Cup, Pan, Pot, Pasta, Pork, Apple, Etc...

How to "Play:" This is not a game at all. Instead, be aware of P words during meal time. Model these words for your child and encourage him or her to repeat after you. If it is helpful, hang a list by the fridge for the first few meals. Once you have them memorized, it will be easier to practice during meals. 

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