The Shopping List Game: A clinic favourite!
I love the Shopping List Game, made by Orchard Toys. The aim of the Shopping List game is to fill your shopping trolley with the items on your list.
The game is easily modified depending on the child’s age and ability. You can adapt it to be a matching, requesting or game of chance.
As with all games learning to take turns and maintain your emotional regulation is critical to development. If playing games and taking turns is difficult for a client, the Shopping List game is a fun game to practise these skills. You might like to play with one list between the two of you initially so that the turns are fast paced, and your child does not have to wait long before it’s their turn again. Then, you can work up to incorporating a list each and more players.
The shopping list game has add on packs. These packs can be used to target specific vocabulary. We own clothing and fruit and vegetables. You can use these for working on labelling. Moving on from labelling you can ask questions to name functions, features and brainstorm other members of categories. For example
Looking at tomatoes? Ask them to name some more red fruits.
Talking about cereal? Ask them what other foods they could eat for breakfast.
Did you child get the baked beans? Ask them to list what other things come in cans.
This is a great game to play when my clients are beginning to work on their sounds at the phrase and sentence levels. Use these prompts and have your child fill in the end of the phrase/sentence with the item on their list:
‘K’ sound: Can I have ________. / I can’t have ________.
‘G’ sound: I got ________.
‘L’ sound: _________ is on my list. / ____________ is not on my list.
‘Sh’ sound: I put ________ in my shopping trolley.
‘R’ sound: I really need ________.
We often work on “I want _____” with our clients who have language delays so that they are able to request for items and things that they need/want. Have your child use “I want _____” each time they find something on their list.
What else do you use the shopping game for?