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Making Flash Cards Fun

I have been helping my friend with her four-year old’s speech.  He is working on the /v/ sound.  I chose to use flashcards of “v” words, even though his mom said he had resisted using flashcards in the past.  So, I thought I’d write a blog post on how to make flashcards fun!

First, I want to say that flashcards aren’t the only way to improve speech.  I don’t use them with young toddlers and I don’t use them to encourage speech (when children are first beginning to talk).  I mainly use flashcards when I’m working on a specific sound with a child who is already talking.

Since, my friend’s son was not too keen on flashcards in the past, I decided to use them in a unique way.  I found out what he enjoyed doing and incorporated the flashcards with that.  He loved playing with my sons’ Hot Wheels Trick Tracks.  So, first we set up the tracks (kind of like an obstacle course or relay race).  Then, I put a car on top of each flashcard.  When he said the word, he got to put one of the cars on the track.  After all the cars were in place we watched them race through the tracks.  We repeated this for about 20 to 25 minutes!  This activity was much more enjoyable than sitting at a table drilling him with flashcards.

Here’s An easy way to make flashcards

Here’s a list of the materials you’ll need:

  • 3×5″ index cards
  • glue stick
  • old magazines
  • colored pencils, markers, or crayons

Here’s how to make them:

  • make a list of the words you want to use
  • find pictures of these items in magazines or
  • draw pictures of these items
  • glue them on 3×5″ index cards
  • laminate them for durability

No matter what tools you use to help your child learn, use them in a way that motivates your child.  Children will be more attentive and learn more if they learn as they play!

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