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Raise your hand if you LOVE going to wax museums. Earlier this year, I got a chance to visit one for the first time and I couldn’t believe how realistic the statues looked. The wax museum was a great experience for me (an adult), so I can only imagine how awesome it would be if I could take all of my elementary school-aged students to one, but alas, I just don’t have the cash for that . . .
I’m so poor that sometimes I eat my cereal with a fork just to save milk, LOL!
So I figured, instead of bringing the kiddos to the wax museum, I simply just created MY OWN and my speech therapy students were the WAX STATUES! It was fabulous and I want to teach you how to do it, too!
Step 1 – Get started!
Let’s pretend we are working with 2 articulation clients in a group speech therapy session. The boy (let’s call him Brad) is working on perfecting his final R sound and the girl (let’s call her Angelina) is working on creating an appropriate initial TH sound (Brad and Angelina?! YES! LOL!). Have both students write down words that they can think of that have their sound on cards. For example, Brad will probably jot down words like bear, guitar, dinosaur, etc. and Angelina will most likely come up with words like thief, thirsty, thumbtack, etc.
Step 2 – Get waxy!
Next, put all the cards randomly on the table. As always, ladies should go first, so ask Angelina to pick a card at random. After she sees the word, she must stand up and turn into a wax statue of the word she chose. While she is posing perfectly still, you and Brad have to try your hardest to guess what she is; but don’t forget to remind her that she CAN’T MOVE! This is sort of like charades, but with an SLP twist.
Step 3 – Get creative!
Here are just a few examples of what you might see from Brad and Angelina:
- Bear – a mouth open and claws in the air pose.
- Guitar – a rock star air guitar pose.
- Dinosaur – a scary/sharp teeth pose.
- Thief – a sneaky pose.
- Thirsty – a sweaty/tongue out of mouth pose.
- Thumbtack – a one foot up in pain pose (stepped on a thumbtack, ouch!).
In closing . . .
This game is amazing because it gives all students the opportunity to get out of their seats while they practice their articulation. I just adore speech activities that involve ungluing our behinds from those uncomfortable school chairs! Have you ever done an activity like this one before? Was it a success? Did your students have a blast? I look forward to hearing from you. Oh, and Brad and Angelina look forward to hearing from you, too! LOL!