Thursday, March 3, 2016

Therapy Trick: Color Sort Game

It's therapy Thursday!

Wahoo! This is the day that I give a tip based upon my experience as a pediatric speech-language pathologist and a mother of a child with special needs.

Today's trick is: Color Sorting Game

Prep Work:
1. First, buy or recycle two plastic containers. I prefer clear containers since there is no color on the container to cause any confusion.
2. Collect some little chips or tokens of two different colors. These yellow and red ones are from a Connect Four game that my children no longer play.
3. Tape on the container a colored piece of construction paper that corresponds to the color of the chips you are using. These will serve as markers for the children that red goes in one tub but yellow goes in another.
4. In the lid of both tubs, make a small slit for the chip to drop through.

Therapy Targets:
1. Matching and sorting colors is the main goal of this activity.

I hold all the chips and dish them out a few at a time to work on skills that the child is working on such as:
2. I ask the child if they want red or yellow to reinforce them saying the color.
3. By asking how many chips they want, this gives the child a chance to name a number. Then we count them out one at a time.

Other uses:
Working on sight words? Write a word on chip to practice reading and drop them in the tub.
You can put nouns on one color and verbs on another to sort those differences.

Therapy Thursday is for educational purposes only and not intended as therapeutic advice.

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