Cariboo is my absolute favorite game for preschool speech therapy.
I’ve been using this game for seven years and it’s still going strong! Cariboo was a cranium game. It is no longer made. I see it at Goodwill frequently. If you start looking you’ll be able to pick up a version for cheap. In the past I’ve shared about using Cariboo for Articulation therapy and with AAC in preschoolers. I also posted my FREEBIE communication board and visual directions for playing the game!
The object of the game is to find all the hidden balls. To find the balls you open the doors on the game with the key. Keep the balls in the shoot on the right hand side. Once you collect all the balls the treasure box opens. The kids LOVE this one because it involves hidden bouncy balls. I love this one because it’s so motivating, a great way to withhold to entice language, and easily modified to fit therapy. The cards slide into the slots on the top of each door.
Target vocabulary receptively by naming items and having the student find the named word. Describe the function and open that door. Expressively, have the student name the item before they open it. Say a sentence before you open the door or ask a friend to open that door. For grammar target plurals or action words. The possibilities are endless!
In the past I’ve made a lot of different Cariboo Companion cards. Thrown in plastic baggies and stuffed into the lid, they were quite the mess. Since I’ve moved back to preschool this year I wanted to get organized.
Enter Kari over at Rock Chalk Speech Talk. Right before the last sale she posted a huge set of Cariboo vocabulary cards. I bought it and finally got it prepped this week. The set includes 28 different themes including things like seasons, books, and popular preschool learning targets. To store them I decided to put the cards into library pockets inside file folders. The file folders fit right into the game box.
I’m beyond excited to have this prepped for the whole year. To check our Kari’s companion cards, check out her blog post here. She is using velcro so her game and storage look a bit different.
Do you have Cariboo? Do you have two like me?!
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