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Taboo For Kids Review

The ideas below are intended for:

  • Parents to use at home to target their child's speech language goals 
  • To give SLP’s fresh/fun ideas to use in a pinch! 

For my students, I tend to use the curriculum as much as possible but sometimes students and SLPs deserve a fun break!

Again, I found this game at a local garage sale. I was very excited because I can't find it anywhere and I LOVE this game! You may be able to find a used version on Amazon for a reasonable price. 

I never use games as they are intended. Instead, I modify them to fit the goals of my students. Below are some ideas that I have already explored and have had a lot of success!

How To Play:

The general rules for Kids Taboo are simple. There 2 teams, a green and yellow one. Each player takes turns being a "clue giver." The clue giver picks a card with a word on it and has to describe the word to his/her teammates and the other teammates have to guess what the word is. Once the word is correctly guessed, the clue giver pulls another card and the team keeps guessing until the timer runs out. However, I NEVER play with the timer!

The twist for taboo is, the player cannot use the words written on the card below the target word.. I tweak this rule from time to time but more on that later.

For the exact rules, refer to the rules provided in the game. I rarely follow the rules. Below are some fresh ideas to work on word finding skills and others!

Goal: Word Finding

For a child who can read, this is a great game to practice some word finding stratgies (expressively and receptively)

  1. Have a child pick a card and play the game as described. He/she has to describe the word with or without using the written clues below. This will depend on the language level of your child. 
  2. The other players have to guess the word. When the word is guessed, everyone gets a point. I don't like to play teams :)
  3. Also, I don't like to use the timer. Time is not a friend of a child with word finding problems. 
  4. I usually let my students move around the game board, and when they reach a certain point, they get an extra sticker or some other sort of motivational tool. 

Goal: Oral Vocabulary Definitions

For children who are working on oral grammar and/or vocabulary:

  1. Have your child read the word a word on the top of the card and then the 2 words below it. 
  2. Next, have your child create an oral definition including all 3 words. For example, if the card says "blackboard" with "white" and "chalk" below it, you child may say "a blackboard is something that teachers write on with chalk." 
  3. You can use the game board as motivation. I allow my students to roll a dice after making a sentence and move around the board. 
  4. Another idea, set a goal such as 15 cards in 20 minutes or whatever is appropriate for your student/child.

This may be challenging for some students but great practice! You may want to start with one of the words and work up to including both. 

Goal: EET (Expanding Expressions Tool)

Most of my language students use EET (Expanding Expressions Tool) in some fashion. This game works perfectly!

  1. Have your student pull a card and read the word on top. 
  2. Next, have your student pick an EET card. I have a few handmade ones with colors on it for my more advanced students. 
  3. My student then gives a clue about thier word that corresponds with the EET card. The other players take turns guessing the mystery word. 
  4. Again, I use the game board for motivation.

Click here for a copy of the EET cards

Goal: Articulation

How you target this goal will completely depend completely on your students.

As I have mentioned before,  I like to pull “non-speech” games to add a little distraction with hopes of transferring their new articulation skills to automatic memory. 

To target articulation,  create a carrier phrase that contains the student’s target sound. For this game, here are some ideas:

  • "th" - This word.....
  • /g/ - Get read to guess
  • /r/ - Are you ready?
  • /l/ - Let's play

Before each turn or during a turn, which ever applies, each student says the phrase with their “good sound.” Typical speech therapy!

Verdict: Buy It!!

Bridget is an ASHA certified, practicing speech language pathologist. She is passionate about providing parents with information on child speech and language development as well as provide functional, easy activities to do at home! Parents have the power to make a real difference. Follow Bridget at Facebook and Pinterest for more fun!

Author of  child language development eBook series

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