F Functional Games
Sentence Level

Welcome to Sentence Level Games for F. You are ready to work on F during functional games. Yeah! 

Throw away your cards because when your child sees "speech flashcards," he or she goes in to "speech mode." In "speech mode," your child remembers to say F 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 F during more "natural" games. This is how we transition all the great progress made so far into automatic, everyday speech!

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

My Best Practice Tips:

1. At the beginning of each game, remind your child that you guys are going to play games using the good F sound. 

2. Introduce the target F sentences and then practice with your child.

3. Incorporate as many repetitions of the target sentences as possible.

4. Make sure you, the parent, takes turns during games. You have the opportunity to model the correct pronunciation. 

5. Don't forget to give appropriate verbal, visual, and tactile cues as needed.

Lastly, remember to have fun!!


Functional Games


Frog Jump

Target Phrase

Frog jump

How to Play

Stand next to your child. Squat down and place your hands on the floor, like a frog. Next, say "frog jump" as you take turns jumping forward like a frog. See who can jump the farthest! Mark each jump and see if your child can beat his/her record. This strategy may keep him/her motivated for longer.

Example Script

  • Parent: Let's play frog jump
  • Child: Okay
  • Parent: Line up and get ready. Don't forget to say "frog jump" before your turn with your good /f/!
  • Child: Okay
  • Parent: Ready set go
  • Child: Frog jump (child jumps)
  • Parent: You made it far! Let's try that again!

Go Find

Target Phrase

Go Find

How to Play

Find a deck of cards. Any cards will do as long as there is one match for each card. You can use playing cards, vocabulary cards, or really anything. Each player gets 5 cards and the rest go in the middle of the table face down. One player starts and asks anyone who is playing "(i.e., mommy) do you have a ____(i.e., number 2)?" The player asking the question is trying to make a match with a card he/she has in his/her hand. If the player, in this case mom, has a two, she gives it to her child. Her child then makes a match and lays it on the table. The next player then gets a turn and asks another player for a card in hopes to make a match. Continuing with our example, if mom did not have the card, she would say "go find" a new one (with a good /f/ of course)! The child then would pick a random card from the center pile and add it to their hand. If the card is a match, the child gets to lay the match down. The first player to match all the cards in his/her hand wins!

Example Script

  • Child: Do you have a 2?
  • Parent: No, go find a new one
  • Child: (picks a card from the center)
  • Parent: Do you have an 8?
  • Child: No, go find a new one!
  • Parent: (picks a card from the center)
  • Child: Do you have a 6?
  • Parent: Yes, here to go
  • Child: (takes card and lays match down on the table)


Golf Game

Target Sentence

Hit the golf ball

How to Play 

Get out a bat and a ball. Tell your child that you guys are going to play golf. Put the ball on the ground and show your child how to hit the ball. The special rule is that you must say "hit the golf ball" before each turn or you lose a turn.

Example Script

  • Parent: We are going to play golf a special way. You have to hit the ball with the bat and try to reach the tree. Before each turn, make sure to say "hit the golf ball" or you have to start over!
  • Child: Okay, let's play!
  • Parent: Here is the ball and bat. Aim toward the tree. What do you say?
  • Child: Hit the gold ball! 
  • Parent: Oh, I heard "gold ball." Let's try that again. Teeth on lip.  
  • Child and parent: Hit the golf ball!
  • Parent: Good, you got it! Hit the ball now.
  • Child: (hits the ball and gets ready for another turn)


Father

Target Sentence

Father (in any sentence)

How to Play 

Challenge your child to call their dad "father" all day long. This means if your child ever talks about their dad or calls their dad's attention, he/she must say "father" to practice /f/.

Example Script of Sentences 

  • Parent: Today is Father's Day! Every time you talk about your father you must say "father" and not dad. Also, you must try to say /f/ correctly, teeth on lip. Let's count how many good "fathers" you can say in one day. 
  • Child: Okay


Matching

Target Sentences 

They are different, I found a match

How to Play 

Find a deck of cards or any matching game. Make sure each card has a match. Lay all the cards on a table face down in organized rows. Each player takes turns turning over 2 cards. If the cards are a match, the player says "I found a match" and takes another turn. If the cards do not match, the player says "they are different" and turns them back over. The player with the most matches wins. 

Example Script 

  • Child: (turns 2 cards over) I found a match!
  • Parent: Good job and good /f/!
  • Child: (takes another turn and turns 2 different cards over). They are different.
  • Parent: Wow, another great /f/. My turn.
  • Parent: (turns 2 cards over) They are different.
  • Child: (turns 2 cards over)etc...


Soccer

Target Sentence

Kick the ball fast

How to Play

While playing outside, grab a soccer ball or any ball that you can kick back and forth. Tell your child that he/she has to give you the direction "kick the ball fast" before you will kick the ball. 

Example Script of Sentences

  • Parent: Let's play soccer!
  • Parent: Say "kick the ball fast" with a good /f/ and I will kick the ball to you
  • Child: Kick the ball dast!
  • Parent: Try again. Remember, teeth on lips.
  • Child: Kick the ball fast!
  • Parent: Good /f/ (kicks the ball fast)
  • Etc....


Laugh

Target Sentence 

Don't laugh

How to Play

A tickle challenge! One person is the tickler and one person is the ticklee. The tickler tickles the ticklee while saying "don't laugh.” Once the ticklee laughs, the round is over. After the round is over, the roles change. 

Example Script of Sentences

  • Child: Don't laugh (tickling parent)
  • Parent: (silent)
  • Child: Don't laugh (tickling parent)
  • Parent: hahaha (laughs)
  • Child: Your turn to tickle!


Car Game

Target Sentence 

Push car off the table

How to Play 

Place cars or trains on a table. Have your child say "push car off table" as he/she pushes a car or train off the table. Depending on the age and interest of your child, you can make this game simple or complicated. Some older children like to try to hit a target on the floor. 

Example Script of Sentences

  • Parent: Here are some cars. Lets push them off the table. Say "push off table" first
  • Child: Push off table (pushes car off table)
  • Parent: Great /f/! My turn. Push car off table (pushes car off table)
  • Etc...


Breakfast

Target Words

Breakfast, Food, Fork, Waffle, Loaf, Muffin, Coffee

How to "Play"

This is not a game at all. Instead, be aware of all the words that contain /f/ during breakfast. If you observe your child saying any of these words, make sure he or she says it with their good /f/ sound. If your child needs motivation, make a check-mark on a piece of paper or whiteboard every time you hear a correct pronunciation. See if your child can beat their previous record!


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What's Next


You've made it! If you want some more practice, check out some language worksheets.


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