Every child (over the age of 3 for choking reasons) seems to LOVE marbles and marble runs.
When I pull out the marbles, this activity can last for the entire sessions at times. It took some creativity but I found a way to use marbles for articulation and language goals.
I have had a few different marble runs. I will be honest, the cheaper/knock-off versions just don't work! They are flimsy which leads to much frustration. The extra dollars for the nicer versions are worth it. Seriously! I posed an affiliate link below in case you want to buy one.
Also, you must buy one that has "funnels." This make the "races" more exciting!
My clients are always very motivated by races. We create a run together and make sure we add at least one funnel. Then every person gets a colored marble. We all start the marbles at the same time and cheer for our marbles to win! These races are exciting and quick so I can squeeze in a lot of practice.
However, don't breeze through the building phase. That phase has the most speech and language practice.
Typically, I work on "later-developing sounds" when playing marble races since each client has to be at least 3 or 4 years old due to choking concerns.
A few articulation ideas:
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If you have a social group, you can have the children build a marble run together. There are a lot of opportunities for social practice including:
You may have to be a bit more creative to use marble races for language practice but I did come up with a few ideas.
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