Language-here, there, everywhere

My favorite way to fight that car ride, rainy day, anytime boredom is, yes, you’ve guessed it, with language.

This language-rich game ensures loads of laughter and learning. A great companion on your next car ride or flight.


Crazy Face Magnetibook

Ages: 3-5

Visual-Perception Skills: check

Fine-Motor Skills: check

Applying Attributes: check

Answering/Responding to Y/N questions: check

Descriptive Language: check

Loads of laughter: check

This language-rich, well-made game is both educational and fun. The game can be adapted to target specific skills/goals and can be played individually or with a small group. By placing a picture card on the inside cover of the game box, the player then uses the magnetic pieces to recreate the displayed design. Players may also want to mix and match the magnetic pieces to create their own silly motifs. Magnetibook is so much fun that descriptive language, attributes, and many other aspects of language may be incorporated seamlessly.

1. Initiate the game by holding the box upside-down, sideways, and backwards while making a perplexed face. Can your child orient the game correctly through his fits of laughter?

2. Open the box after being prompted (either in a phrase or sentence) to do so. Have your child pick the design to be displayed (from a set of two or more). Can your child describe the design using adjectives and nouns? Ask your child why he chose that specific design.

3. While recreating the design, I typically play “silly” in order to elicit more language. For example, if a child requests a magnetic hat, I will purposely give him a different piece until I am able to elicit or model an expanded phrase (“I want big blue hat,” in lieu of “I want hat.”).

4. Upon completion of the picture, I typically encourage children to use descriptive language in conjunction with prepositions to tell me what they’re doing with the magnetic pieces as we clean up (e.g., “Take off hat and put away.” or “I (I’m) taking off blue hat and putting it on you (your) head.”).

5. During the game, I often assist in eliciting the following pieces of information (depending on ability): descriptions using adjectives, where the item/feature belongs, applicable attributes, and the prepositions on, off, in.

Wishing you and your little language learners loads of fun!

*Tanya’s Game Tips are intended to encourage language learning and are in no way a substitute for formal speech and language therapy. If you feel that your child may be having difficulty communicating, I encourage you to seek out professional advice.


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