A ping-pong ball is blown on a game board and played like bingo. Each child takes a turn and when the ball lands on an animal, that animal is covered up on the child’s game board. The first person to cover her board wins.
- Playing this game can help train mouth function and coordination as you blow to the animals. This strengthens the muscles of the mouth that are used to speak.
- Each explosive breath, also trains respiratory function and lip strength, all while children play.
- Appropriate game etiquette is learned as children utilize patience to wait their turn, take turns, share the common board and learn appropriate reactions to winning and losing.
- Have children discuss how many blows it will take to get to a certain animal.
- Have kids work as a team to black out all the boards and win together.
- Make the sound of the animal so the child has to identify and blow the ball to that animal. This can help children with receptive language skills.
- Set the game at an angle by leaning on a book or have child bend down to try different level blowing techniques.
- Children work together to fill up their boards in a bingo like style game; initiating communication, social skills and teamwork skills.
- Cause and effect relationships are established as each time a child blows towards and animal, how they blew effects where their ball goes.
- Play with bubbles and practice blowing to an animal and earning a blow on the bubbles. This can help reinforce the oral movement skills in an understandable and highly motivating way.
- Guessing/estimating (pre-math skills) are encouraged as children decide how many blows it may take to get to a particular animal or through the track.
- Cause and effect relationships are established as each time a child blows towards and animal, how they blow effects where their ball goes.
- Concentration is enhanced as children focus on the pictures they are targeting with the ball.
- Introduction to the game for practice before playing in a group would be helpful. Teach the child how to blow by having them mimic your actions.
- Children can play together on one board to fill up the board and catch all the animals and win a prize together.
- Attach Velcro or suction cups to the bottom of the game so that it can be attached to a table to wheel chair tray.
Developmental Processes Promoted
- Turn Taking
- Self Esteem
- Motor Planning
- Finger & Hand Control
- Coordinated Movement
- Social Interaction
- Eye-Hand Coordination
- Fine Motor
- Cause and Effect
- Language Development
- Visual Processing & Attention
- Sequential Thought
- Object Recognition & Identification
- Attention to Detail
- Peer Interaction
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- Levels of Play:
- Three Levels
- Self Storing
- Surface Wipe