On a daily basis, we are asked about good games to play with kids to address speech and language needs. One of our personal favorites is Zingo! But WHY?! This innovative game encourages pre-readers and early readers to match pictures and words on their challenge cards with the tiles revealed in the Zingo! Zinger device. It is fun and educational.
This game is appropriate for ages 4 and up and is for 2 – 6 players.
Some of the skills this game will address:
1. Vocabulary Development: Zingo boards and chips have a great variety of vocabulary words that can be used for both labeling and identifying. For example:
– Is a fish an animal or a toy?
– A hat is clothing: name 2 more types of clothing.
2. Spatial Concepts: While matching the chips onto the Zingo boards, spatial awareness. Your child can label or find areas on the card such as: top, middle, bottom, side, right, left, and so on.
3. Language Development: Rather than using single words have your child say a sentence about their picture. Sentence starters such the following can be easily implemented.
– I see ___.
– I have ___.
– I found ___.
4. Social Development: Game time is a great way to target social skills. Turn taking, sharing, winning, and losing are easily targeted by engaging in a game with your child. Don’t forget about using appropriate body space, eye contact, volume (speaking voice), and conversation skills while enjoying a game of Zingo with your child.
That’s it for now! It’s YOUR TURN!
You can purchase your very own Zingo game here:
Britt Krizmanich, M-SLP, CCC
Speech Language Pathologist