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Pediatric Speech Therapy at the Boston Ability Center: Activities to target the "k" and "g" sounds

Updated: Apr 26, 2021

Our SLPs are back with recommendations for speech sound home practice, and this week our focus is on “k” and “g”. Here are some of our favorite online books and games to practice these sounds in a fun and functional way!


These books offer opportunities for a lot of repeated practice with “k” and “g”! While reading these books, ask your child to say, “Can you turn the page?” or “Go to the next page!” You can also model comments like “This is a good book” or “I like it!” You can have your child describe what they see or help you finish your sentence as you read (e.g., Good night … gorilla!”)

Articulating the letter "g":

Target words: goose, grain, together, got, glad, gone, galloped, geese, goodbye, grandmother

2. Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now! by Dr. Seuss

Target word: go

3. Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Gladone

Target words: goat, gruff, grass, hungry, ugly, going, gobble, bigger, groan, got

4. A Girl, A Goat, and a Goose by David McPhail

Target words: girl, goat, goose, bigger, biggest, along, go, get, again

5. The Goat who Couldn’t Sneeze by Cecilia Avalos

Target words: goat, big, go, bag, zig-zag

6. Go away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly

Target words: go, big, green, scraggly, squiggly, long

7. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Target words: great, green, goodnight, young

8. Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Target words: goodnight, gorilla

9. A Frog in a Bog by Karma Wilson

Target words: frog, log, bog, bigger, grows, slugs,

10. Big Egg by Molly Coxe

Target words: big, egg, dog, pig, goat

Articulating the letter "k":

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Target words: caterpillar, cake, ice cream cone, cupcake, stomach, calle, cocoon

2. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Target words: caps, carried, country, back, monkey, came,

3. Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Target words: (There’s a lot for this one!) clara, caterpillar, cream, colored, cabbage, courageous, contented, called, curled, case, considerable, commented, curious, cautious, crowd, cornelius, come, comfortable, cares, cruel, cute, calm, cried, clambered, lucky, climbed, crawled, crammed, cauliflower, carrot, colossal, chrysalis, catty conceited, comforted, crimson, caught, cottony, crinkled, cuddled, crushed, creased, cramped, coiled, cranky, tickles, corkscrew, cozy, copper, scruffy, crimson, course, cobweb, crow, caw, scaly, escape, careful, catch, camellia, camouflaged, crisis, coast, clever, carefully

4. A Butterfly is Born by Melven Burger

Target words: insect, drinking, curl, look, caterpillar, sticky, chrysalis, can,

5. Farmer McPeepers and His Missing Milk Cows by Katy Duffield

Target words: McPeepers, milk, cow, likkity-split, clip-clopped, cried, came, snaked, continued, colorful, commence

6. Have You Seen my Cat? By Eric Carle

Target words: cat

7. The Doorbell Rang by Pat Huchins

Target words: cookies, come, cousins

8. The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Target words: carrot, come,

9. Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone

Target words: kittens, cry, look

10. Cookie’s Week by Cindy Ward

Target words: cookie, knock, kitchen, closet, close, curtain, climb

11. Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Target words: duck, bike, climb, cow, careful, trick, cat, chicken, squeak

12. One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root

Target words: duck, stuck, muck, luck, can, cricket, sticky, climb, crawl, wakes,

13. Moo Moo Brown Cow by Jakki Wood

Target words:

14. Oink! Moo! How do you do? By Grace MacCarone

Target words: cow, kitty, calves, kids, duck, quack, chick, count

15. Stuck in the Mud by J Croser

Target words: stuck, calm, squawk, count, cluck, cat, sink, mucky, chick

16. Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough

Target words: duck, truck, back, tack, rock, muck, stuck, muck, croak, can’t,


Playing online games is a great way to elicit your child’s target speech sounds through comments, directives, and requests! Try taking turns controlling the game. When your child is playing, ask them to describe what they are doing. When you are playing, ask your child to give you directions. Get even more practice with “k” and “g” by asking your child to say “Ready, set, go”, “Click the button,”

As always, keep in mind the complexity of the task. If your child is doing well with the single word “go” gradually increase the phrase length: “go faster, let’s go faster, let’s go to the top.”

Target words: kitty, cat, care, clean, get (get the shampoo etc.), go (the cat is ready to go)

2. Duckie Deck Shopping Cart

Target words: cart (put in the cart!), chicken, cucumber, milk, cake

You can select characters to race and practice saying “ready, set, go!”

Target words: cook, make, get (e.g, get the bun, get the lettuce), coin (you get a coin when you finish making a burger)

Target words: cookie, make, bake, decorate, cut, candy

Target words: make, cupcake, decorate, bake, candy, candy cane

If you have questions regarding your child’s language development, visit our website HERE or contact us HERE.

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