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Mystery Garden

Mystery Garden


Objectives     [back to top]

Receptive Language

Students will answer “yes” and “no” questions.  Students will make predictions and draw conclusions from situational contexts.

Expressive Language

Students will generate “yes” and “no” questions to gain information about a given item or character.


Students will use continuous phonation and phrasing and pausing at the sentence level.


Product Description     [back to top]

Mystery Garden is a good game for encouraging children to ask and answer questions as well as encouraging deductive reasoning skills.  The game board actually looks like a real garden!  The “mystery” garden is filled with magical creatures such as characters out of nursery rhymes, wishing wells, mysterious plants, and medieval knights and princesses. 


Each of these fanciful items also appears on small mystery cards that match the drawings on the game board.  The game is recommended for children ages 4 to 12 years of age yet I’ve found it better used in therapy with children about 2nd grade and up.  Note that the vocabulary needed to play this game may be challenging to language impaired children. 


Therapy in Action     [back to top]

Randomly place the picture cards face down around the game board.  The youngest child begins by picking a mystery card, making sure not to show it to any of the other players.  Then, the other players take turns trying to guess the mystery item by asking “yes” and “no” questions.  The Speech Pathologist can model or cue students to formulate questions. 


After each question, the single playing piece is moved along the path to the castle in the mystery garden.  If the player reaches the castle before guessing the mystery item, the question answerer is the winner of the round.  If the player is able to determine the identity of the mystery tile before reaching the castle, the question asker is the winner of the round. 


Players take turns asking and answering question after the completion of each round.  The player with the most picture cards at the end of the game is the winner.


Where to Buy >>>  www.amazon.com/mysterygarden


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