Once upon a time, I sent out Valentine cards to prospective employees with a box of conversation hearts enclosed. The note enclosed said “We’d love to have you work here.” From that, I found one very amazing speech pathologist who came on board. I’ve had an affinity for conversation hearts ever since.
Pick a game
One quick and easy way to incorporate conversation hearts is to use them as markers for a board game. Put out a dozen or so, and use each one to generate a sentence. Sort through the lot and pick the saying that best fits your mood, and start playing a board game.
Conversation Heart Memory
This requires a bit of up-front time to make sure you have 2 of each. Get 10 hearts with duplicates for each. Turn the 20 hearts upside down and play memory.
Conversation Heart Story Starters
I love, love, love Story Cubes for working on all sorts of sentence generation games. There are so many ways to use them–generating sentences and stories, of course, but also giving any sort of target word and then rolling the cubes to mix it up and make the sentence even more interesting is always fun. You can also use an articulation word list and give each student a target word to work on sounds, roll the cube and then see what sentence you can come up with using both elements. SO….why not use conversation hearts in just the same way? Pick a few out of the pile and use the various phrases to make story-starter sentences.
OK, so this is a no-brainer really. You can use conversation hearts as a reward, either one at a time for correct productions or as a small box at the end of a session.
Conversation Heart Bingo
Make up bingo boards with words/pictures that contain target speech sounds. Use the conversation hearts as markers for the bingo game. Of course, kids can only put a heart on the card if they can say the sound.
Have fun playing and talking!