I’ve started teaching my son how to recognize objects and start to learn the meaning of words. Flash cards are an excellent educational resource. They’re large, bright and colourful and have a very simple focus task that allows babies and toddlers to concentrate on what you’re saying and associate simple words with real things. I didn’t want to pay a fortune on Amazon for the Flash Cards I wanted so I’ve made three complete sets of free flashcards for you, covering the A-Z of Food, the A-Z of Animals and the A-Z of every day Objects. Simple things that I think most children will come into contact with (with a bit of creative license used on the awkward letters!)
These flash cards are suitable for use with six months plus and certainly up until pre-school age and when your child starts learning to read as I’ve included letters and printed words on them, as well as bright and colourful images that will stimulate the little ones.
On top of that I’ve included free flash cards for a set of 10 different colours and shapes! That adds up to over 100 free flashcards that I’ve created for anyone to download.
These are 3 x 5″ Flash cards and can be printed out in full colour (recommended) or black and white if you’re saving ink (Except for the colour flash cards, which obviously won’t work well in black and white). They can also be shown on a screen reader and as I wrote about in my review of the Art of Screen Time, screen time isn’t necessarily bad if it’s educational, interactive and social. Flash cards are all three! If you are printing them, if you have a laminator (which is relatively inexpensive), I’d highly recommend cutting and laminating them to make them strong and durable versus sticky fingers and mouths. It’ll only set you back around £20 for a laminator and a set of pouches and they’re super useful for a wide range of things. Yeah, you could buy a set of flash cards for £10 – but if you buy a laminator you can print thousands of free resources and still protect them. This is the laminator I use for mine.
- Print the Free Flash Cards from the PDF download.
- Laminate each sheet of A4 (4 flash cards).
- Cut out the laminated flash cards (using scissors or a paper slice)
- Re-feed the individual flash cards through the machine to seal the edges (you don’t need to use another pouch!)
To make your flash cards extra extra strong you can also attach them to card before laminating them, but I find standard printer paper just fine and if any of them get damaged in the future, you can always go for a re-print.
Here are your free flash cards!
Suggestions for how to encourage your children to interact with these free flash cards:
- Ask them questions such as “What do you see?” “What colour is this?” “What shape is this?”
- Lay them out and ask your child to point to the Fish or find the Apple.
- Lay them face down and play a memory game by turning them over one by one and matching pairs (print out two sets!)
- If you have two children, playing a game where a child wins points by naming the item on the card first can encourage quick thinking.
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