V Functional Games
Sentence Level Practice

Congratulations! You have made it to Sentence Level Games for V. At this stage, you are going to throw away your flashcards.

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 V 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 V 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 V words. To be successful with these games, make sure to incorporate as many V sentences as possible. Also, give appropriate verbal, visual, and tactile cues as needed.

My Best Practice Tips:

1. Remind your child that you are going to play a game and practice V at the same time. Everyone has to remember to use their good V sound! I like to do a quick "warm-up" and repeat a few V words for practice.

2. Introduce the target sentences and then practice them with your child before starting the game.

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

4. Make sure you, the parent, take turns during games. You have the opportunity to model the target sentence which has the power to accelerate the process.

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

Lastly, remember to have fun!!


Functional Games


Favorites

Target Sentence

My favorite (category) is...

How to Play 

One person thinks of a category such as fruit. The other player has to think of 3 favorite items that fit into the category . The player answering the question must say," My favorite (fruit) is..."

Example Script

  • Parent:  Let's play favorites and practice /v/. The category is fruit.
  • Child: My favorite fruit is an apple. My next favorite is mango. My least favorite is banana.
  • Parent: Good answers! Your turn to think of a category.
  • Child: Okay. My category is video games.
  • Parent: Etc...


Love 

Target Sentence 

I love .....

How to Play 

Talk about all the people or things that you and your child love. This “game” can be "played" easily throughout the day. 

Example Script

  • Parent: Let's talk about all the people we love!
  • Child: I lobe you
  • Parent: I love you too. Try saying that again and remember “bite lip” when saying “love.”  
  • Child: I love you. 
  • Parent: Good job! Who else do you love?
  • Child: I love daddy, I love grandma
  • Etc....


Find the Treasure

Find The Treasure

Target Sentences

You are very close, You are very far, You are very very very close

How to Play

One player (hider) hides an object in a room. The other person starts to look for it (the seeker). If the seeker starts to get close, the hider says "you are very close." As the seeker gets closer, the hider adds more "verys" to the sentence (more /v/ practice!). If the hider starts to wander farther away from the object, the hider uses the sentence "you are very far." 

Example Script

  • Child: I hid the ball. Try and find it
  • Parent: (starts looking)
  • Child: You are very far
  • Parent: (changes direction)
  • Child: You are very close
  • Parent: (keeps looking in the same direction)
  • Child: You are very very close
  • Parent: (keeps looking in the same direction)
  • Child: You are very very very very close
  • Parent: (finds ball under basket). I found it! My turn to hide.


Jump Over

Target Phrase

Jump over

How to Play 

Lay an obstacle on the ground such as a pillow. See if your child can jump over it. Before jumping, your child must say "jump over (object)."

Example Script

  • Parent: Do you think you can jump over this pillow?
  • Child: Yeah
  • Parent: Okay, try! Say "jump over pillow"
  • Child: Jump over pillow (jumps)
  • Parent: Yeah! You did it! Do you think I can?
  • Child: Maybe, try
  • Parent: Jump over pillow (jumps)
  • Etc...


We are going on a trip down a river...

Target Sentence

We are going on a trip down a river and I'm going to bring___

How to Play

One player starts the game by saying "we are going on a trip down a river and I'm going to bring _____" (insert any object here). The next player has to say "We are going on a trip down a river and I'm going to bring _____" (previous object and a new object). The next player says the same sentence, repeats the previous responses, and adds one more. The game continues like this until one person can't remember all the answers. Remember to practice /v/ with the word “river.” 

Example Script: 

  • Child: We are going on a trip down a river and I'm going to bring a phone
  • Parent: We are going on a trip down a river and I'm going to bring a phone and apple
  • Child: We are going on a trip down a river and I'm going to bring an phone, apple, and pillow
  • Etc....


Five

Target Sentence

Will depend on the situation

How to Play

How to play this game will depend highly on the parent and the child. Some children like to collect things. If this is the case, count the collected items with your child while making sure to pay attention to the number 5. You could also throw a ball 5 times and count each turn. Give a high five after a job well done. This "game" is endless.

Example Script of Sentences: Depends on the situation

  • Parent: Wow, you found a lot of shells. Let's count them!
  • Child: One, two, three, four, fibe 
  • Parent: Oh, let's try that again using a /v/, not /b/.
  • Child: One, two, three, four, five
  • Parent: Good job!

Meals

Target Phrases

I will have...., Can I have...?

How to "Play" 

This is not a game at all. Instead, be aware of the word "have" during meals. If your child asks for something at the table and uses the word "have," make sure he/she says /v/ correctly! Use a sticker or motivation chart to increase participation and awareness if needed.

Example Script of Sentences:

Depends on the situation

Quick Printing


What's Next


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


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