Friday, April 30, 2010

How to make flashcards for your kids

One of my husband's favorite memories of his childhood, was reviewing flashcards with his dad. They called them bits and his dad made them into a game. They had vegetables, numbers, colors and letters. Seth wanted to continue this activity with his children, so he set about making flashcards. He did a really good job, but to have them all printed was going to cost us a fortune. That is when I came up with this idea.

A lot of photo printing companies print playing cards, and I found one ArtsCow that will let you do double sided cards, without the spades and hearts and such on them. I googled pictures and use some of my own and uploaded them and ArtsCow even let me write on them. So on one side of the cards are fruits and veggies and the other side have animals. They are super compact and we take them everywhere. She loves looking at the pictures of the animals. I am working on a set for numbers, letters and shapes right now. They weren't that expensive but since ArtsCow ships from overseas, they take awhile to get here and shipping can be expensive. They often have free shipping promotions that you can take advantage of.
Do you do flashcards in your house?



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Lu said...

What a great use for the double-sided cards! I have seen those and never even thought about using them for anything like this.

April said...

Hello stopping by for FF That's a great Idea for flashcards I think I might use it for my daughters Spanish class

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juliannah said...

Visiting from FF. Great idea for the flash cards. Used them with my own kids (grown now) but some things just stand the test of time!

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Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Oh wonderful idea! I love it. We're going to have to get some of these for sure. I do have some good flash card memories, yet I also have some yucky memories that have to do with french and chemistry...yuck.

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Lady V dZine said...

Those cards are great. I love Artscow!
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My Mercurial Nature said...

My 2.5yr old Daughter loves flashcards and will spend quite a long time playing with them. Funny enough, it's a Daddy/Daughter thing (I don't recall ever using flashcards as a kid). This is a GREAT way to make more! Thanks for the idea!

G-Zell said...

Those turned out really nice. I am going to be working on flash cards for my one and half year old. I am going to try artcow.

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The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

That is so creative---seriously, what do you NOT think of!!! SO awesome!

Hanneke Nelson said...

What a great idea! I have already visited their website (they must love you right now, I think you deserve a discount!), there are all sorts of offers going on. Thanks for the tip.

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