27 Nov Toy Tuesday: Shopping List
Welcome to our second Toy Tuesday blog! This time we’ll be taking a look at the excellent ‘Shopping List’ game from Orchard Toys, which is another favourite in our speech therapy sessions.
Orchard Toys is a leading manufacturer of educational games and puzzles and they aim to make learning fun. Shopping List, their number one best seller, is a lotto game for 2-4 players. Each player picks a trolley or basket that they must fill and then takes it in turns to pick one of the 32 cards showing familiar, everyday items from the supermarket. Items include eggs, tomatoes, washing powder, socks and toothpaste – if they are on your list, you can pop them in your trolley or basket! The winner is the first player to collect all the items on their list and fill their trolley.
Shopping List is widely available from all good toy retailers and there are booster packs available to supplement the original game – choose from ‘Fruit and Veg’, ‘Clothes’ or even both! We love that Orchard Toys offers a free parts replacement service in case you lose a precious lotto piece, and the instructions are all available online if you misplace them.
Here are a few of the ways that we like to use Shopping List to work on speech and language targets:
- Taking turns: Being able to wait for their turn helps to develop children’s attention skills, which is an area that speech therapists are always working on! Increasing the number of players extends how long they have to wait between turns.
- Memory: Can they remember where an item on their shopping list was placed? This can help attention skills too – if they weren’t paying attention, they won’t know where you placed the piece that they need!
- Negatives: For children who are working on negatives you can encourage them to use phrases such as “that’s not on my list” or “I don’t need that”.
- Pronouns: If your child is working on using the pronoun “I” you can model and encourage phrases like “I choose…” “I have…” and “I need…”within the game.
- Likes and dislikes: You can use the picture tiles as prompts to talk about whether you like the food that you picked up or not. This is also a good one for targeting initial /l/ at sentence level, for example “I like pizza” or “I don’t like bananas”.
- Verbs: You don’t necessarily have to play the game – sometimes we use the pictures to feed a puppet, then talk about what the puppet ate or drank to practice using the irregular past tense.
- Categories: There are multiple ways to sort the Shopping List pictures into categories, such as food, drink, household items, non-food items and so on. If you add the booster packs you can create even more possibilities!
We’d love to hear your ideas too – what’s your favourite way to use the Shopping List game for a therapy target?