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After a busy Bank Holiday weekend away and journey back, we needed some simple family fun to bring it to a lovely end.  Here are three VERY simple and easy family games to involve everyone and bring a smile to all our faces!  The bonus is these games develop the muscles in J’s mouth necessary for clear speech and his hand eye coordination!

Ping Pong Fun With Precious Play

Game 1: Race the Ping Pong

You will need:

  • A cardboard tube cut in half (length ways)
  • A straw per player
  • A ping pong ball per player

Ping Pong Fun

The aim of this game is for each player to blow through their straw and blow their ball to the end of the track (tube).  The first to the end is the winner!

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Blowing helps to develop the muscles that control our lips .  These are necessary to pronounce words like, ‘p’ in pin and ‘b’ in bat. For clear speech and to help our children’s oral motor skills, playing games like this is perfect, simple and fun!

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J also rehearsed his photography skills by taking a sneaky photo of Mummy and Daddy racing!! No greater play for our little ones than play that involves the whole family.

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Extend the game by making the track longer and straw longer too!

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Game 2: Rescue the Ball

You will need:

  • A bowl of water
  • A straw per player
  • A ping pong ball per player

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The aim of this game is to beat the opposing player by rescuing your ball. You need to suck the ping pong ball out of the ocean!

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The sucking action helps to strengthen the muscles at the back of the tongue. This can help with pronouncing sounds such as ‘k’ as in kick and ‘g’ as in gang.  A good speech and language oral exercise.  Also fun if you’re competitive as it’s quite tricky but lots of fun.

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Nice too for children and Daddy/ Mummy to get silly! Blowing bubbles in water and splashing one another’s faces!

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Game 3: Aim and Score

You will need:

  • An empty milk powder tub with hole cut out.
  • Several ping pong balls

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The aim of the game is to throw/bounce the ping pong balls into the post box.

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This is a great game to develop hand-eye coordination and throwing and aiming skills.  Also a good way to develop your ability to cheat (be creative) too! Winking smile

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Not sure which member of the family enjoyed this one more!!  It’s family games like this that remind you just how competitive you are and how much you love being with your family! To see more about Speech and Language exercises, click here!

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