I have had the “Stick Game” in my cupboard for aaages… so much so that I don’t know where I saw the idea from or what it’s actually called, but I thought it was time to bring it out again. It’s great for the traveling SLP as you should have access to tongue depressors and it’s small to pack in your bag. I pull it out for a quick reinforcer and love using this with my social-communication kids who have a hard time playing ‘luck’ games.
HOW TO PLAY
The game is simple: Hold all the sticks in your hand, or put them in a cup. Take turns pulling out a stick. Person with the most (green+blank) sticks wins!
- GREEN = Have another turn and pull another stick.
- RED = Lose all your sticks. Put any green/blank sticks back in the pile. Leave the red stick out (otherwise the game will never finish!)
- BLANK = Pass. Next player’s turn.
You can change the number of sticks that you have, but to keep it simple I have 5 of each, for a total of 15 sticks, that way I know how many of each sticks there are. As this is a ‘luck’ game, some of my students benefit from being prepared that with only 3 sticks remaining, one of them is going to be red.