Do you Cariboo?
There has been lots of posts on social media about the Cariboo game. Many SLPs are searching for one as the game is out of print. You may be one of the lucky ones to find on on e-bay, garage sale, thrift store, from a neighbor, Amazon (for a ridiculous price) or packed away in your garage. Me? I was one of the lucky ones who paid 3.00 at a thrift store.
It sat in my cabinet at school for some time as I had (gasp) forgotten about it. I added some new balls and it was good to go. But wait! With all the buzz about the game there were ideas on how to use this game. A search on TPT brings up free and inexpensive cards to replace the original cards found in the game. The new cards can target a holiday, books, synonyms, antonyms…. Endless options. I added Halloween cards and all my students (K-4th) loved it and begged to play it again and again. So we did but with a “twist.” I stopped reading the clue cards and let them makeup their own clues. And so began my students’ Cariboo obsession and our growing collection of new cards.
I added a twist on how I place the new cards on the game. Sliding the cards in and out was taking too much time so I turned to one of my favorite tools- Alene’s tack it over and over glue. I often use this in place of Velcro.
Step one: Remove original cards and place a drop of the glue on each window and wait
Step two: Add new cards on each window and play
Step three: Disvover that the glue works BUT pulls off the doors- oops! The plastic doors + glue were not meant to be permanent friends. So…..
Step one: Place original cards back on each window and then place a drop of glue on the card and wait- I put the glue on the picture side but it might be better to turn the cards over and use the blank sides
Step two: Add new cards and play- Success!! (The new game cards were laminated- the original cards were not.)
My 4th graders couldn’t wait to practice Multiply Meaning words. My “twist” was having each student choose a word and they could open the door if they knew both meanings. I removed the word only if they knew both meanings. If they could not think of a second meaning they could ask for a clue. One 4th grader asked for a clue for “change” after providing the meaning “change your clothes.” So I put my hand in my pocket and said “I’m jingling something in my pocket.” He guessed a mouse! Yeah we have some work to do yet. 😊
My 4th graders noticed the box cover stated the game was for 3-6 year olds. This made them laugh every time we played. It was like they had an inside joke.
While playing this game with two boys I had to tell them to “stop smelling their balls.” Yeah… it was one of those kind of days. 😁😳🙆
I predict Cariboo will be a go to therapy tool this year with lots of new twists!
Don’t be discouraged if you can’t find a Cariboo. Check out Activity Tailor’s ideas for Cariboo Alternatives: Cariboo Alternatives
BONUS: Here are some cards to use when working on body parts. body parts There are two pages one with the words and one without. I used the Custom Boards app to create these. Check out all Smarty Ears apps which are on sale during the ASHA convention right now!
Now it’s your turn to leave comments about your twists to Cariboo or another game.
If you have missing parts to a sought after Cariboo game here are some ideas. I can’t take credit as many of these were posted by others at some point in social media.
Missing the KEY then try: golf tee, paper clip, pipe cleaner, pen tip
Missing the BALLS then try: Party areas at discount stores, Party America, dollar stores
UPDATE: I did redo the cards and put the glue dots on the backs of the oruignal cards and like this more. Also a inexpensive subscription to LessonPix is another way to make cards.