Guess Who Game

by Kathryn

Description The Guess Who Game is great fun for school aged kids and is ideal for learning to ask and answer yes / no questions in Speech Therapy.

Number of Players 2

Ages 6+

Target Teaches kids to ask questions in a specific way. Can also be used to develop vocabulary for describing people such as hair color, face shape etc.

The Guess Who Game has been around for generations and is a great little two player game.

Each player has a game board with pictures of all of the characters and each selects one character card for the other player to guess.

The kids take turns to ask each other a question that can only be answered by a yes or no such as “Does your character have blue eyes?”

There is strategy involved as some questions are known to rule out more characters than others. For example, kids usually learn that there are more male than female characters so getting a positive answer to “Is your character a girl?” means they are close to winning at the first question!

I love this game because it is simple to put up and pack away meaning it can be used as a quick reward game at the end of a busy session. Play rarely takes more than 5 minutes, even with kids needing support but is interesting enough to be repeated many times if you are looking to fill a longer gap.

The box recommends this game for 6 plus and whilst I have played it with younger children, I tend to agree that they find it hard to stick to the specific questioning format without a whole lot of adult support. If playing with younger children try making up teams of an adult and child.

This game has recently been re-released and now comes with an alternative character set as well as a redesigned game board. Your kids can also go online and download even more characters. As this was always a great game that could be played over and over, I'm not sure if it is really necessary but for those who like to go online, it adds another dimension to play.

Using the Guess Who Game in Speech Therapy

Asking Questions

I tend to use this game as a reward with a therapeutic / educational element rather than as a therapy task in itself as I find the question format can be restrictive for kids who are just learning to ask questions.

However, each question must be answerable with only a yes or no and so it teaches kids to phrase a question accurately. For example asking “What color are his eyes?” would mean you don't get useful information when your opponent answers “yes” and so kids quickly learn to rephrase the question to “Does he have green eyes?”

Vocabulary Development and Describing Faces

The best way to use the Guess Who? Game for Speech Therapy is for teaching descriptive language for faces. This can be particularly useful for older, verbal kids with autism who maybe need a little help to notice differences in facial features.

There are obvious differences between characters such as hair color or whether they are wearing a hat. Other, more subtle differences include face shape, eye brow thickness and the size and shape of the nose.

Overall this is definitely a game that should be in every household. Once your kids have mastered the educational opportunities it provides they will have hours of fun enjoying the game play.

Now you know all there is to know about the game – you are ready to play. Have fun!
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