Tuesday, May 17, 2016

12+ Ways for Kids to Play with a Roll of Tape {Boredom Busters for Kids}

When your kids are bored and need an engaging quiet time activity, what do you usually resort to?

For us, we always end up doing something with tape because let's face it, I've never met a kid who didn't like playing with tape. It's versatile. Plus, I almost always have tape of some kind kicking around. It doesn't matter if it's masking tape, painter's tape, or washi tape, these 12+ borebom buster ideas for kids using tape are ridiculously fun!

Fun boredom buster ideas for kids using only a roll of tape from And Next Comes L

This list of activities for kids using tape include 12 main ideas, with many variations for most of the ideas, which is why I say there are 12+. These boredom buster ideas include ideas for working on fine motor skills, literacy, math, imaginative play, and even gross motor! 

There's absolutely no way the kids will get bored with these ideas. You can even reuse the same pieces of tape over and over again to create new ideas. For instance, we created a tape maze, but the boys kept changing the pieces around everyday to create new and different mazes.

So grab your tape because the kids are going to have a blast with these ideas!


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Friday, May 13, 2016

Free Printable Ocean Barrier Game for Speech Therapy

Barrier games are a great social skills and speech tool to use with kids who have autism and/or hyperlexia. Personally, we have seen a great improvement in my son's expressive speech due to these games, so that's why I continue to make more and more of them. This free printable ocean themed barrier game for kids is a perfect way to head under the sea and practice prepositions, ocean themed vocabulary, and expressive language.

Free printable ocean themed barrier game for speech therapy - great for kids with autism and hyperlexia from And Next Comes L

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What is a Barrier Game?

Barrier games are a way to practice speech and social skills concepts by creating and describing scenes to another player. For more information on barrier games, I highly recommend reading this article about how barrier games are great for language enrichment.

Barrier games can be used to target specific skills such as:

  • Following directions
  • Listening skills
  • Prepositions (on, under, above, beside, next to, etc.)
  • Expressive speech
  • Vocabulary
  • Turn taking
Or at least, that's what we're using these games to target with my son who has autism and hyperlexia.

How to Use the Free Printable Barrier Game

To prep this barrier game, you will need at least two players. Simply download, print two copies of both the scene and the items (one copy for each player), cut the individual items, and laminate all pieces for durability (optional).

To play this barrier game, have all players sit at a table and set up a barrier (a file folder or book works great!) so that all players cannot see each other's materials. Each player takes turns placing an object on the scene and describing to the other player where to place the objects. Each player should give specific directions on where to place the objects. The objective of the game is to have identical pictures at the end. That is, all players should have matching scenes with the items placed in the same spots for all players.

Please keep in mind that I am not a speech pathologist. I created these barrier games using ideas from our son's speech pathologist as well as from researching about barrier games, what they are, and how to use them.

Download the Free Printable Ocean Barrier Game

This free printable barrier game includes three pages, including details instructions on how to play, a landscape or scene, and game pieces.


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Free Printable Medieval Barrier Game for Speech Therapy

It's amazing to see how expressive my son becomes when we play these barrier games and they have proven to be a valuable speech tool for us. So do expect to see many more barrier games on the blog in the future! This free printable medieval barrier speech therapy game for kids has knights, castles, a dragon, a princess, and a king, among many other things. It's such a great way to work on a variety of speech concepts, as I explain below.

Free printable medieval themed barrier game for speech therapy - great for kids with autism and hyperlexia from And Next Comes L

This post contains affiliate links.

What is a Barrier Game?

Barrier games are a way to practice speech and social skills concepts by creating and describing scenes to another player. For more information on barrier games, I highly recommend reading this article about how barrier games are great for language enrichment.

Barrier games can be used to target specific skills such as:

  • Following directions
  • Listening skills
  • Prepositions (on, under, above, beside, next to, etc.)
  • Expressive speech
  • Vocabulary
  • Turn taking
Or at least, that's what we're using these games to target with my son who has autism and hyperlexia.

How to Use the Free Printable Barrier Game

To prep this barrier game, you will need at least two players. Simply download, print two copies of both the scene and the items (one copy for each player), cut the individual items, and laminate all pieces for durability (optional).

To play this barrier game, have all players sit at a table and set up a barrier (a file folder or book works great!) so that all players cannot see each other's materials. Each player takes turns placing an object on the scene and describing to the other player where to place the objects. Each player should give specific directions on where to place the objects. The objective of the game is to have identical pictures at the end. That is, all players should have matching scenes with the items placed in the same spots for all players.

Please keep in mind that I am not a speech pathologist. I created these barrier games using ideas from our son's speech pathologist as well as from researching about barrier games, what they are, and how to use them.

Download the Free Printable Medieval Barrier Game

This free printable barrier game includes three pages, including details instructions on how to play, a landscape or scene, and game pieces.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Best Pokemon Toys, Books, Games, & Apps for Kids

In addition to playing and learning with our Pokemon themed activities and crafts, we also love to read Pokemon books and play with Pokemon toys and games. Here are some of our absolute favorite Pokemon toys, games, books, and apps for kids.

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Best Pokemon Books & Toys for Kids

My kids cannot stop reading everything they can about Pokemon, especially J. Here are some of our favorite books and toys.

Best Pokemon Video Games & Board Games for Kids

My boys love to play Pokemon on the 3DS, but they enjoy playing other Pokemon games (beyond the card game, obviously!).

Best Pokemon Apps for Kids

We like to play Pokemon while on the go! Here are some awesome, and totally free, Pokemon apps for kids.

  • Pokemon Camp (FREE) - This app is so much fun! The kids can throw Pokeballs and catch Pokemon, play matching games, and more!
  • Pokemon TV (FREE) - Allows you to watch full episodes (and movies!) of Pokemon. 
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game Online (FREE - iPad only) - Play the Pokemon card game online. If you are new to learning the rules of Pokemon, then this online game is the easiest way to learn all of the rules.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Free Printable Outer Space Barrier Game for Speech Therapy

I designed another free printable space themed barrier game for kids. This one has more items than the on the moon barrier game, which was designed to be more simplistic, but it is perfect for kids who love planets and all things space, like my son J. This space themed speech therapy game is a great way to work on a variety of speech concepts, as I explain below, as well as, a fun way to work on social skills.

Free printable outer space themed barrier game for speech therapy - great for kids with autism and hyperlexia from And Next Comes L

This post contains affiliate links.

What is a Barrier Game?

Barrier games are a way to practice speech and social skills concepts by creating and describing scenes to another player. For more information on barrier games, I highly recommend reading this article about how barrier games are great for language enrichment.

Barrier games can be used to target specific skills such as:

  • Following directions
  • Listening skills
  • Prepositions (on, under, above, beside, next to, etc.)
  • Expressive speech
  • Vocabulary
  • Turn taking
Or at least, that's what we're using these games to target with my son who has autism and hyperlexia.

How to Use the Free Printable Barrier Game

To prep this barrier game, you will need at least two players. Simply download, print two copies of both the scene and the items (one copy for each player), cut the individual items, and laminate all pieces for durability (optional).

To play this barrier game, have all players sit at a table and set up a barrier (a file folder or book works great!) so that all players cannot see each other's materials. Each player takes turns placing an object on the scene and describing to the other player where to place the objects. Each player should give specific directions on where to place the objects. The objective of the game is to have identical pictures at the end. That is, all players should have matching scenes with the items placed in the same spots for all players.

Please keep in mind that I am not a speech pathologist. I created these barrier games using ideas from our son's speech pathologist as well as from researching about barrier games, what they are, and how to use them.

Download the Free Printable Outer Space Barrier Game

This free printable barrier game includes three pages, including details instructions on how to play, a landscape or scene, and game pieces.


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Free Printable Pond Barrier Game for Speech Therapy

Here's another free printable speech therapy barrier game for kids. This one is pond themed and just like the other barrier games available on the blog, it's great for exploring speech and social skills. It's perfect for kids with autism and hyperlexia to work on following directions, listening skills, prepositions, and more, as I point out below.

Free printable pond themed barrier game for speech therapy - great for kids with autism and hyperlexia from And Next Comes L

This post contains affiliate links.

What is a Barrier Game?

Barrier games are a way to practice speech and social skills concepts by creating and describing scenes to another player. For more information on barrier games, I highly recommend reading this article about how barrier games are great for language enrichment.

Barrier games can be used to target specific skills such as:

  • Following directions
  • Listening skills
  • Prepositions (on, under, above, beside, next to, etc.)
  • Expressive speech
  • Vocabulary
  • Turn taking
Or at least, that's what we're using these games to target with my son who has autism and hyperlexia.

How to Use the Free Printable Barrier Game

To prep this barrier game, you will need at least two players. Simply download, print two copies of both the scene and the items (one copy for each player), cut the individual items, and laminate all pieces for durability (optional).

To play this barrier game, have all players sit at a table and set up a barrier (a file folder or book works great!) so that all players cannot see each other's materials. Each player takes turns placing an object on the scene and describing to the other player where to place the objects. Each player should give specific directions on where to place the objects. The objective of the game is to have identical pictures at the end. That is, all players should have matching scenes with the items placed in the same spots for all players.

Please keep in mind that I am not a speech pathologist. I created these barrier games using ideas from our son's speech pathologist as well as from researching about barrier games, what they are, and how to use them.

Download the Free Printable Pond Barrier Game

This free printable barrier game includes three pages, including details instructions on how to play, a landscape or scene, and game pieces.


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Free Printable On the Moon Barrier Game for Speech Therapy

Barrier games are a great way to explore lots of different speech and social skills. This free printable space themed barrier game for kids is a bit more simple than the other barrier games that I have made. I realize that some kids get overwhelmed visually, like my son does from time to time, so this particular barrier game uses fewer items as a result. The simplicity of this one would also be great for younger children, such as preschoolers.

Free printable on the moon space themed barrier game for speech therapy - great for kids with autism and hyperlexia from And Next Comes L

This post contains affiliate links.

What is a Barrier Game?

Barrier games are a way to practice speech and social skills concepts by creating and describing scenes to another player. For more information on barrier games, I highly recommend reading this article about how barrier games are great for language enrichment.

Barrier games can be used to target specific skills such as:

  • Following directions
  • Listening skills
  • Prepositions (on, under, above, beside, next to, etc.)
  • Expressive speech
  • Vocabulary
  • Turn taking
Or at least, that's what we're using these games to target with my son who has autism and hyperlexia.

How to Use the Free Printable Barrier Game

To prep this barrier game, you will need at least two players. Simply download, print two copies of both the scene and the items (one copy for each player), cut the individual items, and laminate all pieces for durability (optional).

To play this barrier game, have all players sit at a table and set up a barrier (a file folder or book works great!) so that all players cannot see each other's materials. Each player takes turns placing an object on the scene and describing to the other player where to place the objects. Each player should give specific directions on where to place the objects. The objective of the game is to have identical pictures at the end. That is, all players should have matching scenes with the items placed in the same spots for all players.

Please keep in mind that I am not a speech pathologist. I created these barrier games using ideas from our son's speech pathologist as well as from researching about barrier games, what they are, and how to use them.

Download the Free Printable On the Moon Barrier Game

This free printable barrier game includes three pages, including details instructions on how to play, a landscape or scene, and game pieces.


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