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Barrier games are a great way to incorporate many skills: expressive skills (giving directions), receptive skills (following directions), social skills, basic concepts, vocabulary, categorization, sentence formation, and storytelling.

INCLUDES (in color and black & white):

Play room scene with 9 separate pictures

Kitchen scene with 12 separate pictures

Bedroom scene with 13 separate pictures

Backyard scene with 10 separate pictures

List of directions to give with each scene (targeting concepts below)!


  • Vocabulary: e.g. Put the eggs in the kitchen.
  • Adjectives: e.g. colors, size
  • Spatial concepts: e.g. on, in, under, below, next to, between
  • Following multi-step directions
  • Sequential directions: e.g. Before you put the basketball on the floor, put the baseball on the floor.
  • Social skills: e.g. Making eye contact to give/receive instructions and asking questions to clarify instructions.


Laminate the scenes and pieces for each scene.

Give everyone playing a scene and set of pieces. Set up a barrier between players (e.g. file folder). One person (clinician or student) arranges all their pieces on the scene and then gives directions to other player(s) on where to place the items. The purpose of the game is to have matching scenes at the end.

You can put sticky tack on each piece so it will stick to the scene - or simply just place on the scene. Barrier games are also commonly played on a magnetic surface. You can play on cookie sheets and place pieces on a thin, sticky magnet if you wish.

This item is recommended for the following grade levels:

Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

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