Ocean Themed Barrier Games
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Barrier games are a favorite among clinicians and students. They 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):
Beach scene with 15 separate pictures
Treasure map scene with 13 separate pictures
Mermaid scene with 14 separate pictures
List of directions to give with each scene (targeting concepts below)
- Vocabulary: e.g. Put the sandcastle on the beach.
- 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 ball in the water, put the sun in the sky.
- Social skills: e.g. Making eye contact to give/receive instructions and asking questions to clarify instructions.
How to play:
Laminate scenes, then cut and laminate pieces that go with each scene.
Barrier games are most commonly played on a magnetic surface. You can play on cookie sheets and place pieces on a thin, sticky magnet. Otherwise you can put tack on each piece so it will stick to the 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.
Given a picture and a one to two-step verbal direction, STUDENT will place the teacher requested object in the correct position/placement, with 80% accuracy, in 4 out of 5 opportunities, by MONTH, YEAR.
This item is recommended for the following grade levels:
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade