J Functional Games
Sentence Level

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


Target Phrase

Juggle ________

How to Play

Challenge your child to a juggling contest. Each person takes turns saying "try to juggle _____(name of a safe/unbreakable object)." The other player has to try to juggle them. 

Example Script

  • Parent: Try to juggle tennis balls
  • Child: Okay (tries to juggle the tennis balls)
  • Parent: Good Job! Your turn
  • Child: Try to juggle oranges
  • Parent: Okay, good /j/! (tries to juggle oranges)
  • Etc...


Target Sentence 

My turn to jump

How to Play  

Create a long jump contest. First, designate a starting point. All players line up on this line. Each person then takes turns trying to jump the farthest. You can mark where each player lands or have the player stay put after jumping. Before each turn, each person must say "my turn to jump." This is the most important part!

Example Script

  • Parent: Let's do our jumping contest. Make sure to say /j/ when you say “my turn to jump.”
  • Child: Okay! We will line up here.
  • Parent: My turn to jump (parent jumps). Now your turn. Don't forget to use your /j/ sound.
  • Child: My turn to jump (child jumps)
  • Etc...


Target Sentence

In the fridge, there is ______(list of items)

How to Play

The first player says the phrase "in the fridge, there is a ______(i.e. zucchini). The next player says the phrase "in the fridge, there is a _____(name of previous item(s) and a new item)." The game continues like this until one person can't remember all the items. 

Example Script 

  • Parent: In the fridge, there is an apple
  • Child: In the fridge, there is an apple and milk
  • Parent: Great /j/ in “fridge.” In the fridge, there is an apple, milk, and cake
  • Etc....


Target Sentence

Will depend on the activity

How to Play

Below is a list example activities of how to talk about vegetables and practice the /j/. It is suggested that you pick an activity that happens daily so you remember to practice every day.

Example Activity and Target Sentence 

  • Meals: List all the vegetables that you are eating or that you know. _____ is a vegetable
  • Car Rides: Talk about your favorite or least favorite vegetables. My favorite vegetable is _____, My least favorite veggie is_____
  • Memory Game: Make a list of vegetables. Each player must remember what was previously said. ____is a vegetable

George is going on a trip

Target Sentence

 George is going on a trip and bringing_____

How to Play 

The first person says the phrase "George is going on a trip and bringing a____(object)." The next player says the same phrase with the previously mentioned item(s) before adding a new one. The first player to forget an item in the list loses and the game starts over.

Example Script

  • Child: George is going on a trip and bringing a backpack
  • Parent: George is going on a trip and bringing a backpack and a radio
  • Child: Deord is going on a trip and bringing a backpack, a radio and a phone
  • Parent: Try again with a good /j/ sound in George. 
  • Child: George is going on a trip and bringing a backpack, a radio, and a phone
  • Etc...


Target Sentence 

Throw ____in the garbage

How to Play 

To play, each player crumples up a piece of paper and then says the phrase "throw paper in the garbage." Then, the player tries to make a basket with the paper and garbage can. 

Example Script

  • Parent: Let's clean up. Crumple up a piece of paper.
  • Child: (Crumples up paper)
  • Parent: Say "throw paper in the garbage." Remember to use your good /j/ sound when you say garbage.
  • Child: Throw paper in the garbage
  • Parent: Good /j/. Now throw it!
  • Child: (Throws paper in the garbage)
  • Parent: You made it! My turn.
  • Etc...

Jumping Jacks

Target Sentence

Do ____(number) jumping jacks

How to Play 

One player tells the other players how many jumping jacks to do by saying “do ____(number) jumping jacks.” After the player says the target sentence, everyone must complete the task. Each player gets a turn saying the target sentence.

Example Script

  • Parent: Do 5 jumping jacks
  • Parent & Child: (Do 5 jumping jacks)
  • Child: Do 3 jumping jacks
  • Parent & Child: (Do 3 jumping jacks)
  • Etc....


Target Words 

Jam, Juice, Jelly Beans, Fudge, Cabbage, Jelly

How to "Play" 

This is not a game at all. Instead, be aware of all the /j/ words you or your child might say during meals. A sticker or tally system for every /j/ 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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