D Functional Games
Sentence Level Practice

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

Get Down

Target Sentences

Will depend on the situation.

How to Play

How you "play" this game will vary on the situation. Pick a day to be a "down" day. Be aware of the word “down” throughout the day and try to squeeze in some extra /d/ practice.  Below are some examples of where the word “down” naturally occurs.

Example Script

  • Walking down stairs
  • Blocks fall down
  • Slide down a slide
  • Push toys off table (fall down)
  • Get down from car seat, chair, couch
  • Jump up and down
  • Bend down to crawl through tunnels, under chairs, etc...
  • Etc...

When your child completes these actions, have him/her narrate their actions by saying a phrase which includes the word “down.” For example, if your child is knocking blocks down, have him/her say "blocks fall down" and cue for a correct production of /d/ as needed.

Dance, Dance, Dance

Target Sentences

Let's dance, Dance now

How to Play

Turn on some music and dance with your child. Have your child tell everyone who is playing to “dance now” or announce “let’s dance.” 

Another variation is to have a person be “in charge.” This person, turns the music off and on and says "start dancing" and/or "stop dancing."

Example Script

  • Child: Start dancing (turns on music)
  • Parent: (Starts dancing)
  • Child: Stop dancing (turns off music)
  • Parent: (Stops dancing)
  • Parent: Let's play again and great job saying /d/!


Target Sentences

Down slide, Up slide, Slide time

How to Play

How to play this game will vary. The easiest way would be to go to a park. However, this is not always possible. Therefore, you can build a slide out of pillows and a couch cushion or you can make a slide simply by turning a hardcover book over and use it as a "slide" for cars or little toys. 

Once you have created your slide, play with it and use one of the target phrases listed above.

Example Script

  • Parent: Let's make a slide for your teddy bears
  • Child: Okay
  • Parent & Child: (Build slide out of a box)
  • Parent: Before a bear slides down, say "slide down" with a good /d/ 
  • Child: Slide down (pushes bear down the slide)
  • Parent: Great /d/!
  • Etc...

Shadow Game

Target Sentences/Phrases

Look at my shadow, Shadow_____(name of animal)

How to Play

Have fun making funny shadows with your child. You can play this game outside during various hours on a sunny day, or you can make shadows on the wall by shining a light behind you. While taking turns, practice saying the word "shadow" in a sentence such as "look at my shadow_____(name of animal)."

Example Script

  • Parent: Let's make some shadow puppets
  • Child: Look at my shadow dog
  • Parent: Look at my shadow bird
  • Etc...


Target Phrases/Sentences

More candy, My favorite candy is____, Chocolate candy

How to Play

There is a lot of room for creativity for this game. You can talk about candy as you eat it, list your favorite candy, organize candy at home, make pretend candy by drawing, etc... For example, you might say "my favorite candy is_____." 

Example Script

  • Parent: My favorite candy is Skittles.
  • Child: My favorite cangi is Nerds.
  • Parent: Let’s try candy again. Remember, tongue behind teeth for candy.
  • Parent & Child: Candy
  • Parent: Great /d/!
  • Parent: My least favorite candy is Candy Corn.
  • Child: My least favorite candy is Milky Way.
  • Etc...

Obstacle Course 

Target Sentences 

Crawl under the _______

How to Play 

Design an obstacle course. This could be as simple as moving some chairs around the room and stacking up some pillows. Once the obstacle course is built, take turns giving directions to each other on what to do. Make sure to say the word "under" as much as possible and the word "done" after a direction has been followed.

Example Script

  • Parent: The obstacle course is done. I'll do it first, tell me what to do.
  • Child: Crawl unber the chair
  • Parent: Say “under” again. Tongue up, behind teeth
  • Child: Crawl under the chair. 
  • Parent: Wow, great /d/! (crawls under chair) Done!
  • Child: Crawl over pillow
  • Parent: (parent crawls over pillow) Done!
  • Etc....

Hide and Seek

Target Sentences

Your turn to hide, Go hide, I'm hiding, I found you! I found it!

How to Play

To play hide and seek, one person hides while the other person counts to 20. After counting to 20, the person who counted goes looking for the person hiding. The way to play this game and practice /d/ is to have your child say "go hide" before you hide. Then, when your child finds you, your child says "I found you" and "my turn to hide." Another way to play is to hide an object around the house and have your child try to find it. 

Example Script

  • Parent: My turn to hide a toy (parent hides toy)
  • Child: Where did you hide it?
  • Parent: In the living room, start looking
  • Child: (Finds toy) I found it!
  • Parent: Good job and great /d/!
  • Child: My turn to hide the toy
  • Parent: Wow, another great /d/!


Target Words

Dough, Dinner, Dish, Candy, Hotdog, Bread, Seed, =Seeds, Food

How to "Play" 

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

Example Script

Will depend on the meal and conversation

Quick Printing

What's Next

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

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