Being a “copycat” is fun for kids. It’s a great way to work on modeling speech and language and allows kids to practice being more independent. While working with these activities, students will be working on their individual goals. Students can also practice each activity at home with family and friends.
Copycat directions for unique creations
What happens if one person directs an activity with a set of verbal directions for everyone to copycat? The catch is you can’t see what other people are drawing. When everyone is finished, you hold up your creations to see how similar and different each of the copycat creations are. This activity will work on the importance of specific instructions, need for details, and building speech self-confidence.
Give everyone a piece of paper and pencil. Have them behind an area where they will not be seen by others at the table. The leader will draw something on their paper while giving directions for the copycat artists to do at the same time. Another possibility is to use clip boards for people to spread out and not be seen. The leader begins by telling everyone what to draw first. An example would be: “Draw a small circle in the middle of the paper.” Each step adds onto this to create either a face, item in the room, or something else. Keep going until everyone is finished.
When everyone is done drawing, reveal all of the creations. Ask what was hard to do and what was easy without being able to see the original copycat design. Continue around to allow everyone to be the leader at least one time.
Old school telephone game
The traditional game of telephone is a classic that works on speaking, listening, and thinking, and is perfect for speech therapy sessions. One person starts with a message and whispers it around a circle. The last person in the group tells everyone what they heard. Typically, the message has changed a lot. Begin this game by reading Pass It On! by Marilyn Sadler. When done, ready test out your own group telephone or pass it on game. To help kids with sentences to say, use strips of paper or a word for them to include in the activity.
Connect with home by sending ways to incorporate copycat fun into their home. Provide lists of words for them to use/draw/say and make sure translations are provided to encourage participation with multilingual families.