Rock Paper Scissors Articulation Card Game

Rock Paper Scissors, shoot!

The January through March months can really seem to drag on, especially for kids.  The newness of the classroom has worn off, the number of holidays dwindles, and outside time is often limited by yucky weather. I try to combat this fatigue by bring out new and exciting speech language activities.  Here are my newest articulation activities.  They’ve been a huge hit!

This articulation game is based on the classic hand game that kids already know and love. Print a deck of 30 cards (10 rock, 10 paper, 10 scissor), shuffle and divide between two players. Each player holds their deck, stacked and face down.

“Rock, Paper, Scissor, Shoot!”  We’ve been saying the phrase on each turn because it happens to contain a target sound and it adds to the drama. You could just say “Shoot!” or “Go!” if you needed something briefer.

Players simultaneously place the top card from their deck face up in the center of play. Each card has a position specific target word to say. The winner of the hand (following the traditional game rules), collects the cards. Paper beats rock (by covering).  Scissors beat paper (by cutting).  Rock beats scissors (by crushing). If you are unsure, the kids will tell you!  (The kiddo in the pic above is “cutting” the paper I threw with her “scissor”).

Play continues until one player has all the cards. This game is particularly good for elementary and middle school clients.  ***1/30/2013  I try to add in sentence level practice as much and as early as possible.  Recently, the kids and I have been using the word on the “winning” card of each hand as the one that needs a sentence.

Cards are black and white and contain labels of phoneme/position for easy sorting.  You can combine decks for multiple targets or positions.  The decks for articulation of R include decks for all vocalic Rs.

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Rock Paper Scissor for K G F V and L (new!)

Rock Paper Scissor for SH CH or J

Rock Paper Scissor for R (includes a deck for each vocalic R)

Rock Paper Scissor for S Z and TH

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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Leah

    Very cute idea!

    1. admin

      Thanks, Leah! Hope it works for you too! Kim

    1. admin

      Thanks, Kayla! Congratulations on your pregnancy. Hope these final months are smooth sailing (summer maternity leave? Good planning ;). Kim

  2. Leah

    One question–do all the kids in your group have the same sounds to work on? I see this on a lot of blogs where the game is only targeting one sound. But I have groups where one student is working on /th/, the other on /ch/, and the third on /k,g/. I find it hard to modify these games when the students all have different articulation needs.

    1. admin

      Leah, As a private therapist, I have the luxury of working 1:1, but I did consider that this is not the case for many others. For you, give each child a target appropriate deck of 15 cards (5 rock/5 paper/5 scissor). Have them play as I instructed, keeping cards they “win” during each hand in a pile to their side as opposed to adding them back into their hand. The winner is the one with the most cards at the end of the 15 Rock, Paper, Scissor, Shoot plays. Does this make sense? Please contact me if you need further clarification. As an alternative, Polar Bear Plunge for Articulation, allows every player to have a separate target deck and you can play with more than 2 players. It was designed for use with kids with different articulation goals so no modifications are needed. Thanks for the question and good luck! Kim

  3. PATTI

    I’ve been wanting to try the Rock, Paper, Scissors activity out for awhile. The /r/ one is on my wishlist. Thank you.

    1. admin

      Hope this tides you over! Please leave me feedback if you get a moment! Kim

  4. sasha

    This is a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing!

    1. admin

      Happy to hear you like it! Kim

  5. Patricia

    I love this activity. I am a clinical supervisor and some of my students have used this game with great success. Thanks so much for making it available.

    1. admin

      Thank you so much for this feedback! You’ve made my day! Kim

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