I recently got my hands on a new game and I HAD to write a post about it. I had seen some reviews on this game and thought it would be AWESOME for use in therapy (and also tons of fun for my own family). And I was right!
The game is Tell Tale Card Game: Take a Journey Into Storyland by Blue Orange Games. Simply put, it is a small canister filled with 60 round cards with images on both sides of each (120 total). Images include characters, places, objects, emotions and more! You use the cards in a variety of ways to have your children/students/clients practice telling stories!
Who is it For
The game description says for ages 5 and up and for 1-8 players. You can totally use these cards for 3 and 4 year olds in more structured storytelling activities. You can use this with typical children as well as with children with speech and language delays (with your help, of course).
How to Play
The other cool thing about this game, is that it is not a game with a “winner” or a “loser.” Rather, it is a game meant for just good old fun and creativity. The game developers give a few different ways to use the cards to make the stories. In addition to their ideas, when using these cards with young children or with any child with a speech/language delay, I would recommend going through the cards ahead of time and separating the cards into categories so that each player can have at least one card in each category you would like them to use. Categories can include people, places, emotions, and objects but you can also divide the objects into smaller categories as well (transportation, animals, weather, etc).
What Goals You Can Target
- Story telling skills (stories with beginning, middle, end with characters, settings, etc)
- Vocabulary development
- Syntax/semantics practice
- Articulation practice/carryover
- Fluency practice
- Voice disorders practice
Why I Love It
- The pictures are simple yet fun and colorful
- There is a wide range of images, which allows for children to learn new vocabulary and then use that vocabulary in their stories
- The cards can be used for many different ways (not just for the story telling game)
- My kids love it My daughter has asked to play it several times since we got it and she LOVES playing it, especially when daddy plays (daddy is very creative)
- It is well priced
- As I already mentioned, you can separate the cards ahead of time into categories to best target your child/student goals
- Tape record the stories and then have your child (or yourself) transcribe the story into a story book. Have the child illustrate the book and practice reading/telling the story out loud. This would be really great for the child to take home and practice his/her new skills at home, for better carryover.
- This is a great game to play at home for carryover of speech/language skills. As an SLP you can recommend the game to parents for home practice.
ENJOY! You can pick up the game on Amazon HERE.