Angry Birds in Action
The Angry Birds game and spin offs have become very popular with children of all ages. Many families love to play the game together, use the board game, or decorate with Angry Birds items. Why not incorporate this pop culture phenomenon into speech lessons?
App Appreciation Time
If you have access to an iPad or a computer, the Angry Birds apps are free to access. On computers, you can add the Angry Birds app within Chrome and there are a number of fun and free Angry Birds apps for the iPad. This month the seasons version with Valentine’s Day theme could be a fun addition and different for children. Make up rules for play.
- If you knock over 1 pig, you must use a word in a sentence.
- Knock over two pigs you need to tell me two words that use the /ch/ sound.
- Older children can describe their strategy as they play. Make verbs a focus, or descriptive words. Whatever you are addressing can easily fit into this plan.
Of course, if you are playing with multiple children you can have kids create their own special Angry Bird with paper and coloring items. They can then practice sharing about their Angry Birds after with the group. Kids can also answer question about their knowledge of the Angry Birds game. Have them explain the game, tell you about each of the birds, why they like the game, and so on.
Angry Bird Words
Using Angry Birds with speech students is quite popular. Jill Kuzma has shared a game that she made to practice articulation using the popular Angry Birds. She has three of the game boards available for downloading. Simply print, laminate, and grab your pawns and die to be ready to practice.
Building Your Own
Angry Bird games are not simply available for electronic devices; there are now multiple Angry Birds board games at retailers. The games have cards where you have to build a platform/castle for the pigs within the game to settle on. To practice giving and receiving directions, have one child describe what is on the card to another person. Using clear, concise instructions, and utilizing descriptors is key in this activity. You can take turns being the one to describe and build. The person that finishes their construction also gets to knock it down with the catapult and Angry Birds.
Utilizing popular items from real life with children working on speech and language skills helps with motivation. Be sure to send home tie in ideas for families to carry this over. There is no doubt that many adults at home would love to sit down and play with their children while encouraging them to practice talking through the process.