SH Sentence Speech Games
Carryover of Progress Happens Here!

Welcome to Sentence Level Games for SH. You are ready to work on SH 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 SH 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 SH 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 SH words. To be successful with these games, make sure to incorporate as many SH 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 SH at the same time. Everyone has to remember to use their good SH sound! I like to do a quick "warm-up" and repeat a few SH 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.

Functional Games

Fishing Time

Target Phrase

Fishing Time

How to Play

You need a table and 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, etc... 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 ____(i.e., number 6)?" 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 six, 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 6 card, she would say "fishing time" (with a good SH sound “sh” 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 6?
  • Parent: No, fishing time!
  • Child: (picks a card from the center)
  • Parent: Do you have an 8?
  • Child: No, fishing time! 
  • Parent: (picks a card from the center)
  • Child: Do you have a 10 ?
  • Parent: Yes, here to go
  • Child: (takes the 10 card and lays the match down on the table).


Target Phrases

Push car, Crash cars, Crash into blocks

How to Play

Get out a ball, a car, or something to push. Then, stack up blocks or anything that can be safely crashed into. Take turns rolling the ball or pushing the car into the stack of blocks to see how many you can knock over. Say "push car" before each turn, and then say "crash into blocks" once the car hits the blocks. You can even count how many blocks were knocked over a the sentence such as, "I crashed 8 blocks," for extra “sh” practice.

Example Script

  • Child: Push car (child pushes car)
  • Child: Crash into blocks! (car crashes into blocks)
  • Parent: How many blocks did the car crash?
  • Child: It crashed 10 blocks!

Story Time About a Girl....

Target Sentences 

She____, What did she do?, etc...

How to Play

It is time to retell a real story or make up a story about a girl. This could be a story about a sister, friend, mommy, grandma, or character in a story. The only thing to remember is to use and say "she" as many times as possible. 

Example Script

  • Parent: Do you remember "Little Red Riding Hood?"
  • Child: Yes.
  • Parent: You do? Tell me about it. What happened? Let's call little red riding hood "she" to practice “sh.”
  • Child: She wanted to give food to her grandmother.
  • Parent: That's right, she did. But, what happened. 
  • Child: See met a wolf and then the wolf tricked her.
  • Parent: That’s right! She did. Let’s practice that sentence again. You forgot to round your lips for “sh” in “She met a wolf.”
  • Child: She met a wolf.
  • Parent: Wow, great! You are so smart!

Trash Can

Target Phrases/Sentences

Ball in trash can, Throw paper in trash can, etc...

How to Play

Get out a can, bucket, or a real trash can and anything you can throw into it. All you have to do is throw the object or try to throw the object in the trash can while saying one of the target sentences above. That's it! This is easy and fun. 

Example Script

  • Parent: Let's play basketball with this ball and this trash can. Before each turn, say "ball in trash can" with a good “sh.” 
  • Child: Ball in tras can.
  • Parent: Oh, good try. Say it again with your good “sh” sound. I'll say it with you.
  • Parent & Child: Ball in trash can (child throws ball in trash can).
  • Parent: My turn, ball in trash can.
  • Etc…

Make a Wish

Target Sentence

I wish for____

How to Play

Make wishes with your child. While sitting at the table, driving in the car, or out for a walk, talk about wishes. What do you wish to have or to happen? Dream small or dream big with this game. 

Example Script

  • Parent: If you had 3 wishes, what would they be? Don't forget to say your good “sh” sound with the sentence "I wish for ...."
  • Child: I wish for a puppy!
  • Parent: That's a good wish. I wish for 100 more wishes.
  • Child: My second wish is a trip to Disney
  • Etc..


Target Sentences

Now shake, Stop shaking

How to Play

This is a dancing game. You can play with music or not. One person is in charge. This person says "now start shaking!" Everyone starts dancing and shaking hands and hips. Then, the same person says "stop shaking." Everyone must freeze. If anyone doesn't stop moving instantly, he or she is out. 

Example Script

  • Parent: We are going to play a fun game. When I say "now shake," start dancing. Shake your hands, feet, or hips. When I say , "stop shaking," you have to immediately freeze even if it is in a funny position. Ready!
  • Child: Okay, let's do it!
  • Parent: Now, shake
  • Child: (starts dancing)
  • Parent: Stop shaking
  • Child: (child freezes)
  • Parent: Good job. Your turn.
  • Etc...


Target Sentences

This one is short, This one is shorter, etc...

How to Play

This sorting game is good for language and math skills as well as practicing “sh.” Gather a bunch of objects, toys, or even food. Then, get sorting. Decide which one is the tallest and which one is the shortest. 

Example Script

  • Parent: Look at all the strawberries we just picked. Let's find the shortest ones to eat first.
  • Child: This one is the shortest! I'll eat it first!
  • Parent: Good “sh” and good find!
  • Etc…


Target Words

Wash, Mash potatoes, Chef, Milkshake, Mushrooms, Dish, Dishes, Sugar, Licorice

How to "Play" 

This is not a game at all. Instead, be aware of all the “sh” words you or your child might say during meals. A sticker or tally system for every “sh” word pronounced correctly may be good motivation to remain concentrated for an entire meal. See if your child can beat their previous record!

Quick Printing

What's Next

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

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