Christmas I Spy
Speech Therapy Games

I spy games are a fun way to target both speech and language goals. I actually use it ALL THE TIME.

In the spirit of the season, I created Christmas I spy materials. So, if your clients celebrate Christmas, check out the free materials I have below and grab some fresh ideas on how to use them. 

How To Play

Most children LOVE I Spy. It is a game they know and have most likely played with their family. 

In case you have never played this game, I will fill you in now!

One player silently chooses a pictures from a slide and says, "I spy with my little eye" or "I see something" and finishes the sentence with a clue/description about their chosen object.

For example, a player may chose "cookie." Once "cookie" is chosen, the player may say "I see something that you can eat." (TH version). The other players have to guess what the mystery picture is based on the clues given.

Players take turns being the guesser.

Christmas I Spy Materials - Therapy Ideas

I created some Christmas I Spy materials using Google Slides since most of us are using teletherapy and I am IN LOVE with no-print. s.

I tend to create winter materials instead of Christmas so everyone of every religion can use them. However, my children helped create these materials and were so excited. So....Christmas it is this time around!

Below are some of my favorite ways to target speech and language skills while playing this game.

Articulation:

When targeting Articulation, I either

  • use materials that have the target sound in the pictures (different materials - members, please click this link to access those materials)
  • alter the carrier phrase to get some articulation practice (please see my list below)

Carrier phrase ideas:

  • S - Blends (spy) - I spy with my little eye something...
  • L (little) - I spy with my little eye something...
  • TH (thinking, something, that) - I am thinking of something that...
  • G (guess) - Guess what I am thinking, it has.....
  • K (can) - Can you guess what I am thinking? It has....
  • R (ready) - (give clues). Ready, set, guess....

Language

To work on vocabulary, try these ideas:

  • Function - the player must name the function of the picture before others will take a guess
  • Category - the player must name the category the object/picture belongs to before others will take a guess
  • Looks like - the players must describe what the picture looks like (size, shape, pattern, color) before the other players can take a guess
  • Location - the player must name the location of where the picture would be found before others can take a guess

How To Open and Use Materials

To use these materials, you need Google Slides.

  1. Click on link below
  2. Once the Google Presentation is open, click "present" in the top right corner.
  3. For the free materials, you can use the pictures and play "I Spy." If you click on the screen, it will move to the next slide. Instead, use an annotation tool to draw on it instead of clicking on pictures.
  4. For the paid materials, ask the question written on the top of each slide. Once the client finishes answering it, click on the slide to progress to the next slide to "check answers."

More I Spy Materials With Language Prompts

I have MORE I Spy materials that have language prompts or challenges. These challenges target vocabulary, categorization, and description. To access all the materials, click the link below. It is easy and affordable!

You will have instant access to:

  • Story Companions:
  • Articulation (Spanish and English) Materials & Guides
  • Teaching strategies
  • Cueing techniques
  • Articulation materials all levels (word, phrase, sentence, conversation)
  • Print-and-go home program materials
  • Screening forms
  • Baby language development tips and techniques
  • Late talker strategies and games
  • Grammar games
  • Effective ways to practice WH questions
  • RTI Materials
  • And more!

Free Materials

If you would like some free "I Spy" Materials, click the link below!



Bridget is an ASHA certified, practicing speech-language pathologist. She is passionate about providing parents with information on child speech and language development as well as provide functional, easy activities to do at home! Parents have the power to make a real difference. Follow Bridget at Facebook and Pinterest for more fun!

Author of  child language development eBook series