14 Things to do with the flashcards sets:
- Hold up one by one for a few seconds, and say the name of the item. Repeat in the same order, and invite the children to help you name the item. Repeat again, in the same order, asking the children to name the item alone.
- Spread out flashcards face up. Ask a child “Can you find the (item)?” or “Find the (item) and hold it up”.
- Spread out flashcards face up. Point to each flashcard, and say “This is a ____”. Children complete the sentence. Also, say “What’s this?” – children answer.
- Print 2 or more copies of a set, and have children match them. Teacher can use new vocabulary as they are working, for example: “Yes, you found 2 manatees. They love to swim in warm water”.
- Print 2 copies of one set of cards, and play Concentration. Start with 4 to 6 cards, and add more as children learn the game. Turn the cards upside down, placing them in a “grid” format, and turn over 2 at a time. If they don’t match, turn them back over.
- Mix together 2 sets (or parts of sets), and have the children sort the cards into the original sets. For example, mix and sort animals and fruit (younger students), or fruit and vegetables (older students).
- Play “123, Look and See”. Place a set of cards in front of the group, and name each item. Children put heads in laps to cover eyes. Teacher removes a card, and says “123, look and see”! Children pop heads up and guess which card is missing. Start with 2 or 3, and add more as you play.
- Play “Memory”. Place a set of cards face up on the floor or table, where the children are not watching. Cover the cards with a light cloth or towel. Bring the children over, lift off the cloth, and have them silently look at all the cards for a few seconds (time and number of cards depends on level of the group). Cover again with the cloth, and ask them to try to remember and name all the cards.
- Play “Which is different?” Use 4 or 5 cards from one set, and one card from a different set, and ask the children which one is different from the others. Older children can explain their reasoning. If it is logical, it is correct. For example, a banana might be different from a set of sea animals because you can eat it, or because it is yellow, or because it is a fruit.
- Hide cards around room or yard. Gather in a group and ask each child to show the others what he/she found, and tell the name of it.
- Print a set of flashcards on printer paper, cut out, stack the pages, and staple together to make a booklet. Read through it with the children, and ask if anyone would like to try “reading” the words. Keep a class booklet to practice “reading” each day, and also make one for each child to take home. Give the children a blank paper to decorate, and create a cover for the booklet. Write the title for them.
- Post sets of cards on the wall, to make a “word wall”. Refer to them during the day.
- Lay out some cards, and ask the children to choose a card and relate it to something in their surroundings. For example, color cards could match to a same color in the room, or fruit cards could match to real fruit in a bowl. (Older children).
- Write the words from a set of cards on strips of paper, and encourage the children to match the words to the same words on the flashcards. (older children).