K Functional Games
Sentence Level

Welcome to Sentence Level Games for K. You are ready to work on K 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 K 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 K 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 K words. To be successful with these games, make sure to incorporate as many K sentences as possible. Also, give appropriate verbal, visual, and tactile cues as needed.

My Best Practice Tips:

1. At first, model the correct word and/or sentence during games. Don’t force your child to repeat after you.

2. As your child improves, start prompting your child to say the target words/sentences. If your child refuses, give them 3 opportunities to say the word. If he or she still doesn't say it, move on. DON’T CAUSE FRUSTRATION!

3. Adapt games to the level of your child. If your child is  only using 1-2 word phrases, your phrases during a game should not be more than 2 words. We are working on speech not language here.

4. If your child is not speaking in sentences, don't worry! You can practice these games with single words as well.  Just change the target sentences to single words.

Lastly, remember to have fun!!

Functional Games


Target Phrase

Kick the ball

How to Play 

Practice soccer skills with your child. Before any player kicks the ball, he/she must say "kick the ball."

Note: If your child has difficulty saying /k/ correctly within the sentence, just say "kick" before each turn. When your child improves at saying "kick" during the game, move to using the target sentence, “kick the ball.”

Example Script

  • Parent: Kick the ball (kicks the ball to child)
  • Child: Kick the ball (kicks ball to parent)
  • Parent: Good kicking and good job using your /k/ sound!


Target Sentences 

In my pocket, I have something______, Do you have a _____in your pocket? 

How to Play 

Hide something small in your shirt or pants pocket. Then give a clue to what it is and have your child guess. If your child can't guess, give another clue. Once you child guesses the object, switch roles. The sentences above must be said during every turn to squeeze in a lot of /k/ practice. 

Example Script

  • Parent: In my pocket, I have something yummy
  • Child: Do you have a jelly bean in your potet?
  • Parent: Try that again, remember tongue back when saying pocket.
  • Child: Do you have a jelly bean in your pocket?
  • Parent: Good /k/! But, no, in my pocket, I have something yummy that's made from chocolate
  • Child: Do you have a Hershey Kiss in your pocket?
  • Parent: Yes, your turn to hide.
  • Etc..

Natural Building Game

Target Sentence

I found a rock 

How to Play

Join your child at the park or in the backyard to look for rocks. Every time you find a great building rock, you must say "I found a rock." 

Example Script

  • Parent: Let's build a house out of real rocks. 
  • Child: Okay
  • Parent: Every time you find a rock, you must say "I found another rock!" with your good /k/ sound.
  • Child: Look, I found the first rot
  • Parent: Great rock! Say “rock” again with a good /k/ sound (parent touches own throat to signal the child to move tongue back)
  • Child: Rock
  • Parent: Good job!
  • Etc..


Target Sentence

Catch the ball

How to Play

Grab a ball or anything you can throw back and forth. Before each turn, make sure you say the phrase, "catch the ball." If you need motivation, you can count how many catches you and your child can get in a row without dropping the ball. 

Example Script

  • Parent: Let's play catch. Before each turn, we have to say "catch the ball" and remember to say /k/ correctly. 
  • Parent: Catch the ball (parent throws ball to child)
  • Child: I got it!
  • Child: Catch the ball (child throws ball to parent)
  • Etc…

We are going on a trip and I will put a ____in my backpack

Target Sentence

We are going on a trip and I will put a ____in my backpack

How to Play

One player starts the game by saying, "We are going on a trip and I will put a ____in my backpack" (insert any object in the blank). The next player has to say "We are going on a trip and I will put a ____in my backpack" (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 /k/ with the word "backpack" during every turn.

Example Script

  • Child: We are going on a trip and I will put a superman in my backpack
  • Parent: We are going on a trip and I will put a superman and a granola bar in my backpack
  • Child: We are going on a trip and I will put a superman, granola bar, and teddy bear in my backpack
  • Etc....

Birthday Play

Target Sentence

Any sentence with “cake” in it

How to Play

You and your child are going to make a cake. You have 2 options. One, you can actually bake a cake and make sure to  say the words "bake" and "cake" often. Two, you can  build a cake out of legos, paper, paint, blocks, etc... 

Example Script of Sentences

  • Parent: Let's pretend that it is superman's birthday
  • Child: Okay!
  • Parent: Let's make a cake out of legos. The only trick is that we must say cake with a good /k/ sound.
  • Child: Let's make a blue cake
  • Parent: Good idea! Good job saying “cake” too!
  • Etc....

Thank You Game

Target Sentence 

Will depend on the situation

How to Play

Tell your child that it is “thank you” day. Every time a person says “thank you,” he/she has to say /k/ correctly. This may be very difficult for your child. Start with a set time such as a meal and work up to a walk, then an afternoon, and eventually an entire day!

Example Script of Sentences: Depends on the situation

  • Parent: Let's play the "thank you game" this breakfast. Every time we say thank you, everyone has to use a good /k/ sound. I will keep track of you and you keep track of me!
  • Child: Okay
  • Parent: Thant you for playing
  • Child: Mommy, you didn't use your /k/ sound. Try again
  • Parent: Thank your for playing
  • Child: Thant you for the juice
  • Parent: You're welcome! But say thank you again and move tongue back.


Target Words

Cook, Bake, Cookies, Napkin, Ice Cream, Bacon

How to "Play"

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

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What's Next

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

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