ABCs 4 SLPs: C is for Cubes/D is for Dice
I could not figure out which category to place some of these next items in. Cubes or dice? Luckily, dice are the same shape as cubes and some of these cubes can be used as dice. So, as a transition from the letter "C" to "D", here are some great ways to use cubes and dice in speech-language therapy! There are more activities that I could write about related to this topic than numbers on a twenty-sided die (although, I am not sure I will write about all of them...). Continue reading for ideas, DIY printable materials, products, and apps related to "cubes" and "dice"!
We all know the main reason we use dice while playing games is to see how many places to move, points we get, or items we can take! There are so many games that can be used in speech-language therapy, but I will outline more specific ones in "G is for Games". However, I will state some companies that sell great speech and language board games are: Super Duper Publications, Speech Page, Learning Resources, Lakeshore Learning, Linguisystems, and Perkilou Products.
Some websites that you can purchase or download great speech and language board games from that use dice are: Super Duper Publication's Facebook page (sometimes has printable board games), Autism Teaching Strategies, from many of the speech-language pathologist bloggers that are on Teachers Pay Teachers, and many ESL sites around the internet!
One blogger in particular, Jenna Rayburn of Speech Room News, has created her own dice based on an Angry Birds template. She created an activity using a template where she wrote conversation starters on each side of the Angry Birds dice. Then, she cut out the template, folded it, and taped it together as a dice. Jenna had each student roll the dice and whatever the student landed on was the conversation starter.
Another great way to use dice is to assign tasks, sentences, or questions to different numbers. Then, when a number is rolled, the person must complete the task associated with the number. A great download for an activity like this is from Speech Therapy With Liz's blogspot page. She took words and put them on a list corresponding to each dice face. Another similar idea is to have students say a word with their sound for as many times is on the dice when they roll it!
Learning Resources has created many different types of cubes to help with retelling stories, writing prompts, emotions, conversation starters, blends, and more! Some of them come in packs of 4, 5, 6, 9, and 12 depending on the set. Roll the dice and follow the directions. The cubes have words and/or pictures on each side.
Smaller dice that I have seen in teaching stores have various parts of speech, WH questions, emoticons, animals, written numbers, dice inside of other dice, and more! Here are some that I have found:
If you want to write in your own tasks, words, or pictures, there are quite a few products you can purchase to do so. One is from the Dollar Store. I found these multi-colored cubes and wrote on them with permanent marker. They are too small for writing words, so I wrote letters on them that I can use with my students to create words:
Blank dice allow for the opportunity to write words for articulation, directions to follow, actions, words, conversational topics, writing topics, and more! Another set of dice that you can write on come with removable sticky labels so you can use the dice over and over. If you don't want to use the sticky labels, you can write on them with dry-erase markers. They are from Super Duper Publications and called "Blank Dice":
There are more Dry-Erase Dice sold over at Mayer-Johnson that you can write on as well. These were created by Learning Advantage:
A bigger cube that you can purchase and write on is called the "Blank Quiz Cube". One cube in the pack of two has a grid on it to write things in the different boxes and the other is completely blank. These are great for tossing as you fill them with air once you are done writing on them! You write with permanent marker on these cubes, so they are not able to be used for more than one thing:
If Velcro is your thing, Mayer-Johnson sells "Learning Fun Cubes" in which you can attach pictures with Velcro on the back to re-use the cube over and over! This is also great to use with PECS that you already have Velcro on!
Yet another way to create your own cube with pictures is via cubes with pockets! Just slide your printed images into the clear pocket on the side of the cube and you're set to go!
Two great products that I purchased to use with my students to focus on story-telling are Rory's Story Cubes and Rory's Story Cubes Actions. Both of these products come in a box or a bag with instructions of how to use them. You can use all of the dice or as few as you want when playing with them. Roll the dice and create a story based on the items or action words in the pictures. These are great for expressive language skills! Rory's Story Cubes also are available via an application for the iPod/iPad!
An app that is similar to the Rory's Story Cubes app is Story Dice by Thinkamingo. With this application you can shake or tap the screen to get new dice to create a story. Another application that is by Thinkamingo that involves dice is Name Dice. This is helpful for choosing random names for a story. Two dice are rolled on screen and land on a first and last name. Both of these applications are great for expressive language, literacy, and writing skills!
Don't want your dice to roll off of the table? There are products, printables, and Pinterest ideas (oooo all three start with the letter "P"!) for that! Super Duper Publications makes a product called "Dice Dude" in which the dice are rolled in a man's head. This product is motivating for students and lots of fun!
An idea I found on Pinterest from Beyond the Grade's blog was purchasing small Tupperware-like containers and placing dice in them to roll:
Finally, Sparklebox made great printable mats showing children where to roll their dice (on the table, not the floor). These mats are great for a place for students to aim for as well as a great reminder. I printed some and laminated them:
Last but not least, some dice apps include:
- Rory's Story Cubes
- Story Dice
- Name Dice
- Photo Dice
- Make Dice
- Board Game Tools
Go ahead and start rolling the dice with these great ideas (but don't let the dice fall off the table!)!