I recently bought a couple of SPOT IT card decks from my local Target to work on vocabulary words with my ESL speech kids. They had SO much fun playing it. I wished there were decks I could use to target other goals in therapy, especially the dreaded mixed articulation groups. I asked my computer-whiz husband to create me an algorithm to make my own decks. Yep, I’m married to a GENIUS! I decided to create a whole series of decks featuring different target speech sounds and make them available on my TPT site. These cards have made articulation drilling much easier, because the kids really think they are just playing!
These decks are pretty time consuming for me to make, but I really love them and I think you will too. I wanted to do a quick tutorial to walk you through each step of what to do after purchasing and downloading a deck.
Step 1: Print pages 3-13 in high quality ink. You are going to be laminating these cards to last for a long time, so go ahead and use the good ink.
Step 2: Laminate the pages. I bought a really affordable laminating machine ($29.99) and laminating pouches (100-pack for $13.99) on Amazon. Click on the image to be directed to Amazon:
Step 3: Now that you have 11 beautifully laminated pages, it’s time to cut out the cards. If you’ve seen a traditional SPOT IT deck, the cards come in a circular shape. I don’t know about you, but I’m WAY too lazy to cut out 57 circles! To get around this, I’ve found that just cutting them into squares (along the guidelines provided) works perfectly fine. The kids don’t notice any difference and they stack nicer this way. Here is what your deck should look like when you are finished cutting:
***Notice that I’ve outlined each deck with a different color to make identifying the decks easier in case they get mixed up. I’ve also put a small number on the corner of each card in case one of them gets lost or damaged so you know exactly which one to reprint.
Step 4: Time to Play! In each set, I’ve included a vocabulary list on pg. 13 for you to review with your groups before playing, just to make sure they are familiar with the words. If they aren’t, believe me they will be in no time! There is nothing like a little friendly competition to speed up the learning process. As a bonus, you can add “vocabulary words” and “visual perception task” to the skills being practiced during this game.