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Sink the Ship Therapy Game

Sink the Ship Therapy GameHere is an easy-to-prep game that you can use with all of your students, and it goes great with a pirate theme! It can be used as a reinforcement activity throughout the session (e.g., place a penny on the boat after each correct production/answer) or at the end of the session (e.g., students earn pennies throughout the session and take turns placing them at the end).

What you need:

  • a small boat that you can put pennies on/in (I made one with half of the bottom of a styrofoam egg carton, a straw, and some paper)
  • a small tub to put water and your boat in
  • pennies (at least enough to sink your boat)

What to do:

  1. Put water in your tub.
  2. Place the boat in the water.
  3. Have the students earn pennies to place on the boat.
  4. Let the students take turns adding pennies to the boat until it sinks! The one whose penny makes the boat sink, wins!

Ideas for use:

  • Have the students say phrases such as, “Will the ship sink?” or “Will the boat still float?” or similar phrases depending on the sounds they are practicing.
  • Use a spinner or die to determine how many pennies a student should add during their turn.
  • Hold the boat still for those students needing help due to poor motor skills


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