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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Alphabet Flashcard Fun


I am all for using flashcards as teaching tools, but let's be honest here, flashcards can get B-O-R-I-N-G!
I like finding ways to make learning interesting and discovering fun ways to use flashcards. I like to make my own flash cards for the kids. It's cheap frugal, easy to customize, and easy to replace a card when a certain toddler gets ahold of one and decides to taste it or color on it.

I'll share with you a few fun games for little ones who are just learning the alphabet.

Start by simply making the cards.


 I just used some blank index cards and markers. (Frugal Tip: Stock up on supplies during the "Back to School" sales. I bought this pack of index cards for around 40 cents and a pack of markers was less than $1!)
I made 2 cards for each letter, one upper-case and one lower-case. I like to make the vowels stand out, so I  used a red marker for them.

We used the cards to play matching games. A correct match matches the upper and lower case letters together (A to a, B to b, C to c, etc.).
One of our favorite games is "Go Fish".
We also like to play games like "Memory Match"...


And a simple matching game.


 Because there are so many cards, I usually limit the number of matching cards for the memory match game. I simply place them face down and we take turns revealing 2 cards at a time, looking for a match.

For the matching game, I place all of the upper-case letters face up and in order. Then, I shuffle the lower-case cards and place them face down in a stack. My daughter draws the top letter and matches it to the correct upper-case letter. Simple and fun!

Other ways that we use these cards include:

  •  a simple recognition (or sound recognition) game using the game board here
  • placing the cards near objects that begin with that letter 
  • using the vowel cards, find objects that use either the long or short sound, and sort them accordingly
  • add an extra card and play "Old Maid"


What games do you like playing with alphabet flashcards?

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13 comments:

  1. Great ideas! I cant wait until my LO is a little older and we can start these with her.

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    1. Thanks Amanda! My kids have so much fun with these! I hope yours like them as much! :-)

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  2. Great idea to involve and teach kids the alphabet. Thanks for the idea!

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  3. Cute idea! So clever and simple.

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    1. Thanks! It IS so simple! It surprises me when my kids play with these longer than they do some of their toys! lol

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  4. What a great simple idea!! Thank you for sharing at Happy Family Times!!

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  5. Great idea! A game is much more fun than just boring old flash cards :)

    Thanks so much for sharing this at the Weekend Wonders party. Hope to see you back on Thursday. Have a great day!

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    1. It is much more fun! My kids like flash cards, but only for about 10 minutes. lol They will play games with them much longer! :-)

      Thanks for hosting!

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  6. What a great idea. I am going to do the matching game with my youngest - thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks! I particularly like that game. ;-)

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  7. Such a great, simple, frugal and practical idea, Susie. I'm definitely including this in your homeschool post!

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