Articulation – Games

There are so many games you can play to practice your speech sounds. All you need is a deck of articulation cards.

It’s easy to make your own articulation cards! All you need is some index cards or paper, a pen, and a word list. Simply write your words on the cards. Make sure to have two cards for each word so you can play games like Matching and Go Fish.

Once you have your articulation cards check out some of these fun games you can play:

Go Fish:

Deal 5 cards to each person.  On your turn, ask another person if they have a given card.  If they do, they will give it to you. If not, they will say, “Go fish” and you draw a card from the draw pile.  Put any matches you have down in front of you. 


Put 5 cards face-up on the table in front of each person.  On your turn, draw a card and say, “Does anyone have _____?”  If you have the card, you place the card you just drew on top of it.  If someone else has it, give it to them. If no one has it, you place it in front of you.  Whoever finds matches for all of their cards first wins.


If you have bowling pins, place them on top of the cards.  If not, you can use cups or something along those lines. Roll a ball and knock over pins.  Say the words on the cards under the pins you knocked over.

Bean Bag Toss:

Spread cards out on the floor.  Throw a bean bag toward the cards.  Say the words on the cards where the bean bag landed.

52 Card Pick-Up:

Flick the cards around the room.  Race to see how many cards they can pick up.  They say the words on the cards they gathered.  Whoever has the most wins.

Hide and Seek:

Hide the cards around the room.  See how long it takes to find them all.

Dice Roll:

Form six piles of cards and label one through six.  Roll a dice. The number on the dice indicates which pile they will pull from.  Say the word the number on the dice times 3. 

Giant Board Game:

I spread out the cards across the floor as spaces on a game board.  Students roll dice to determine how many spaces to move and then say the word on that space.

Spider Web:

Use tape to form a spider web on the ground.  Place the cards throughout the web. Walk around the web and gather the cards.  Say the words they have gathered. 

Card Grabber:

Place the cards on the edge of the table, hanging over slightly.  Using tongs or a pincher of some sort, students try and grab as many as they can in a given amount of time. 

Password/ Catch Phrase:

Have your child describe the word on the card to the group without saying the word on the card.  You have to try and guess what it is. Take turns guessing/describing. 


Play Jenga as normal, but place the articulation cards between layers.

I Spy:

Place the cards on the table.  Take turns playing I Spy while spying things on the cards.  On your turn, you say, “I spy with my little eye something ____.”  Your child has to guess which word/card you are referring to.


Have your child sort the cards.  They could sort by the number of syllables, if the sound is at the beginning, middle, or end of the word, if the word is a person vs. object etc.