L Functional Games
Sentence Level Games

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

Ball Play

Target Sentences

Catch the ball, Throw the ball, Bounce the ball

How to Play

Find a ball and play catch with your child. You can throw, toss, roll, kick, or bounce the ball. Just make sure to say one of the target sentences listed above.

Example Script

  • Parent: Let's practice /l/ while we play catch. Before each turn, we have to say "throw the ball." (throws ball)
  • Child: (catches ball)
  • Child: Throw ball (throws ball)
  • Parent: (catches ball) Great /l/!
  • Etc...

Fall Down

Target Sentences

Fall down, ___fell down

How to Play

Get out a ball or anything that can roll. An empty can will even do. Next, find something to knock down. It can be blocks, cans, boxes, dominoes, etc... Take turns rolling the ball and trying to knock down the objects. With each turn, say "fall down," or after your turn, remark how many objects fell down. 

Example Script

  • Parent: Let's set up some blocks and see how many we can knock down
  • Parent & Child: (set up blocks)
  • Parent: Okay, here’s ball. Roll the ball and then tell me how many fell down. Remember, to use your good /l/ when saying “fell down.”
  • Child: (rolls ball and knocks down 2 blocks)
  • Child: 2 blocks fell down
  • Parent: Good job saying /l/!

Left Right

Target Sentences

Turn left, Turn right and walk_____

How to Play

One person, the hider, hides an agreed upon "treasure." Once hidden, the hider gives directions to the other players. However, the hider can only give left or right directions such as turn left, turn right, turn left and walk straight, etc.... Remember to pay attention to /l/ in the words "left" and "walk."

Example Script

  • Child: The block is hidden.
  • Parent: I'm ready for my directions.
  • Child: Turn right and walk forward.
  • Parent: (Turns right and walks forward)
  • Child: Now.....stop!
  • Child: Turn weft and walk to the tree.
  • Parent: Don’t round lips and practice “left” again
  • Etc...


Target Sentences

Throw the balloon, Don't drop the balloon, Hit the balloon, 

How to Play

Blow up a balloon and tell your child that you are going to play with the balloon while practicing /l/. You can do any number of things such as throw the balloon, hit the balloon, or don’t drop the balloon. 

Example Script

  • Parent: Let's hit the balloon back and forth and see how many times we can hit it before it touches the ground.
  • Child: I'm ready!
  • Parent: Hit the balloon, 1 (hits balloon to child)
  • Child: Hit balloon, 2 (hits balloon to parent)
  • Etc...


Target Phrase


How to Play

Tell your child that today is going to be a "hello day." This means, instead of saying "hi," everyone is going to say "hello" with a good /l/. Keep track of how many “hellos “everyone says. 

Example Script

  • Parent: Let's practice /l/ today with my hello game! Here are the rules...instead of saying "hi,” we are going to say “hello.” If we can say 20 hellos before dinner, we can played a game after dinner.
  • Child: Okay.
  • Parent: Don't forget tongue up when saying /l/ in “hello.”

Red Light, Green Light

Target Phrases

Red light, Green light

How to Play

One person is "it" and the other players are the runners. The "it" person decides on the starting line and the finish line. Once all the players know the landmarks, the "it" person turns their back on the runners and calls "green light" (with a good /l/) and the runners start running. Then the "it" person calls "red light" and the players have to stop. As the "it" person yells "red light," he or she turns around. If any players are still running, they have to go back to the start line. The first person to reach the finish line becomes the "it" person. 

Example Script

  • It Person: Green light
  • Runners: (Start running)
  • It Person: Red Light (turns around)
  • Runners: (Stop running)
  • It Person: (Turns back around) Green light
  • Etc...

Reading Game

Target Sentences

This will depend on the book

How to Play

You will need a highlighter or sticky notes and a book. During story time with your child, have your child read a page out of a book while practicing /l/. Pre-marking each /l/ beforehand with a highlighter, pencil, or post-it might be necessary at first. As your child improves, take away the markings.

Example Script

  • Parent: Let's read and practice /l/. First, let's highlight all the /l/ words we can find and then let's read.
  • Child: Okay (parent and child highlight /l/ words)
  • Parent: We are ready! Let's get reading.


Target Words:

Lick, Lemon, Lamb, Lunch, Salad, Jelly, Glass

How to "Play" 

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

What's Next

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

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