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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New Items in my TpT Store: BEAR HUNT and BOWLING

I have created many things for articulation therapy, but have not specifically targeted phonology. My work in public school involved many unintelligible preschoolers and kindergarteners so I am very familiar with teaching phonological patterns. I have a strong personal preference for Barbara Hodson's Cycles Approach to phonological therapy.   I decided I wanted to share the activities that I used when doing Cycles.  You can just pull them out and use them .... time savers.

These activities are not new and are not my original ideas. These are activities that we all have done when working with our little ones.  I have simply tried to make the target stimuli easy to grab and use.  I did use all my own artwork :)  I am providing you with printable stimulus targets!

Let me tell you about BEAR HUNT and BOWLING for Consonant Singletons.

These picture show how they print 4 pictures to a page with the bears or the bowling pins for the card backs and the target stimulus is on the card front.  Each picture word is labeled with target stimulus in the top right corner. Because of the number of targets I am providing I have had to divide these into two sets.  I have Bear Hunt & Bowling for Consonant Sequences  which targets initial consonant patterns of:
Stops- /p/ and /t/;
Nasals- /m/ and /n/;
Glides- /w/ and /j/.
As well as final consonant patterns of:
Stops /p/ and /t/
Nasals /m/ and /n/ following Barbara Hodsonʼs cycles approach.

This 42 page download includes everything you need to make 160 target cards for the bear Bear Hunt and a Bowling games. Once you have them made you only have to pull out the target stimuli you need for the day.  

The BOWLING game will use the same target stimuli just printed with the bowling pins on the back. Two activities for the price of one :)

The other set targets S Clusters, Velars, Alveolars, and Liquid /l/ and /r/.   With it you get the same bear and bowling card backs but the target stimulus is different.

The focus of this set is on these consonant patterns:
S Clusters- initial /sp/, /st/, /sm/ and /sn; final /ts/, /ps/ and /ks/ with the focus on pluralization.
Velars- final /k/, initial /k/ and /g/
Aleveolars- final /t/, initial /t/, /d/, and /n/
Liquid- initial /l/ and /r/

This 46 page download includes everything you need to make 176 target cards for the Bear Hunt and a Bowling games.

With the Bear Hunt game you will simply hide their target pictures around the room and let them go on a Bear Hunt. When they find a bear they bring it to you and name it.

To go bowling, use clothespins to stand the pictures up with the bowling pin picture visible. Roll a ball to knock the “pins” down. They will say the picture words on the pins that have been knocked down. Complete directions are in the downloads.

My little ones loved these two games and I am sure yours will too!


  1. We don't know about cycles in the UK, would you like to write a case study for S & L World:the global bulletin for SLp/T?

  2. There was a card deck of speech sounds that I saw a therapist use once, in the long distant past. It was a GIANT deck, but she had this long pin ... she lined all the cards up, looked at an index as to what sounds went with what holes ... put the pin in the first hole (and pulled out a subset), the put the pin in again in the next specified hole and got another subset ... until she had only those cards with all the desired sounds.

    I am wondering (a) what is that product called? (b) does something exist like it now?

    I don't want this for speech therapy, I want it to use as an example of a visual indexing tool. It was a brilliant physical example of computer programming / value selection, and in 30 some years, have never seen anything else like it. "Computers" are so abstract, it would be good to have something physical.

    Kind regards, thanks for your time.

    Suzanne (aka Magreve at Yahoo dot com)