Category Archives: Play@Oasis


Insey Winsey Spider


‘Designed to develop shape recognition skills; improve addition and subtraction skills’ When you are playing with your child at home, these speech and language areas can also be addressed. Social skills Taking turns and waiting for other players to spin the spinner. As a parallel discussion to the game, explore how the children feel when […]

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Busy Little Bees


 ‘Designed to develop counting and colour matching skills’  When you are playing with your child at home, do consider the plethora of language opportunities that this game lends itself to as well.   Language Verbal interactions can be encouraged during the setting up of the game (they don’t have to wait till the game actually […]

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Jack and the Beanstalk


‘Designed to develop observation, personal, social and language skills’  In a speech and language therapy session, or when you are playing with your child at home, these specific ideas can be incorporated too.  Social skills – Encouraging a play-based sense of anxiety in trying to avoid the spinner pointing to the giant; excitement or success […]

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One Banana Two Banana


‘Designed to develop observation and strategic thinking; social communication’ In a speech and language therapy session, or when you are playing with your child at home, these ideas could be incorporated too.  Social skills – Encouraging appropriate play-based comments when something goes array e.g. “Are you OK?” (when the monkey ‘slips’ on the banana peel) […]

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Fruit Frenzy


‘Promote healthy eating, improve observation and social communication skills’ In a speech and language therapy session, or when you are playing with your child at home, try out these ideas. Language Encourage extra description words when the fruit cards are turned over. For example, instead of just labelling: ‘strawberry’ → “sweet / juicy strawberry” ‘banana’ […]

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Dotty Dinasour


Try incorporating these ideas to further support children’s communication skills. Social skills Commenting to tease or encourage other players (e.g. “I’m almost finished”, “You still need a square!”). Displaying appropriate emotional responses when ultimately winning or losing. Language  Commenting when taking turns (e.g. “Whose turn is it?”, “My / your / his turn”). Encouraging accurate […]

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Red Dog, Blue Dog


‘Designed to develop personal and social skills; encourage observation’ Here are specific communication skills that can be addressed whilst playing with your child at home.   Social skills Taking turns and waiting for other players to pick their cards. Language  Encouraging further description when labelling cards; for example instead of just labelling: ‘orange teddy’ →”soft […]

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Flowerpot Game


‘Designed to develop counting and colour recognition skills; observation and social skills; strategic thinking’  In a speech and language therapy session, or when you are playing with your child at home, these specific areas can be addressed.   Attention Children will have to be patient if their flower ‘blooms’ too soon as they have to […]

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Bus Stop


‘Designed to develop addition and subtraction skills; encourage observation and social skills’. Try these specific ideas at home to further support children’s communication skills.   Social skills  Practicing appropriate greetings when people get on and off the bus e.g. “Hello, how are you?”, “Bye, see you tomorrow” etc.  Children can be encouraged to help each other with […]

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Greedy Gorilla


‘Encourage healthier eating in a fun way…’   This game lends itself to developing a variety of communication skills that can be addressed in speech and language therapy sessions, school or at home.     Social skills Understanding social expectations e.g. encouraging children to say ‘excuse me’ after making the gorilla burp.  Requesting amongst players. […]

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