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Speech Therapy Idea: Penny Toss - featured May 24, 2010

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Penny Toss

Need a fun way to get your clients to produce a lot of responses? Then give this game a shot. Besides being a good motivator, it is also:

• adaptable to any goal
• fun for big and little kids
• cheap
• portable

What you’ll need:

• pennies (or plastic chips or beans) – enough for each player to have 5-10
• egg carton or ice cube tray with a number (1-3) written in the bottom of each “cup”

How to play:

The students earn pennies for correct answers or sound productions. Once each student has had approximately 5-10 chances to earn pennies, it’s tossing time!

Set the carton on the floor against a wall and put down something to mark where the players stand. Depending on the age of the players, have them stand anywhere from one-four feet away and take turns tossing their pennies into the carton. A penny only counts if it stays in the carton! After each player, add up the points earned and collect your pennies. I can usually fit two to three tossing rounds into a session, depending on the group size and the goals we are addressing. Reward the winner (with praise or an object) and then start again!

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