Flash Card Garland
See flash cards are good for something! When a friend asked recently if flash cards were good for anything, I jokingly replied with ” You could make a craft with them!” and so this idea was born. Flash cards aren’t inherently bad, if you play, create or need them to accommodate disabilities they can be fun or even crucial. However sitting and teaching the average preschooler with them just isn’t the best way, rote memorization and learning are not equal. So if you have some don’t throw them away, make this and dress up your playroom or kids bedroom .
- Gather your materials. You will need flash cards, some card stock ,double stick tape, scissors , ribbon, and a hole punch.
- Start by deciding on a pattern for your paper. My son helped me and we took the opportunity to talk about patterns.
- Cut the paper to size.
- Attach the flash card on the paper with the double stick tape.
- Punch two holes at the top.
- Repeat 25 more times.
- Time to start lacing the cards on. I used just over 9 feet of ribbon. I left extra on both ends just in case. This is not a fun part of the craft, I forgot G and had to re-lace H-P.
- Tie bows at the end of the ribbons once all the letters are laced on.
- Put it up. My playroom is too small to allow me to get a good shot of the whole thing!
Starr Weems de Graffenried says
I also have a fun use for flashcards:) We got a large cardboard box and cut slits into the top. Beside each slit, we wrote a letter. Kids match the letters up and slide the flashcard into the correct slot. Cut out a trap door (we used a pipe cleaner as a handle) to remove the cards and start again.
You can see a picture of the alphabet sorting box in the photo album at the bottom of the page here:
Oh, yeah- And we also use the flashcards for another matching activity involving alphabet lacing beads:
You totally crack me up, Allie! 😉 By the way, there is one set of flashcards that my daughter just loves. They are touch & feel alphabet flashcards. I’m in love w/ them, too. Here’s a link — http://www.amazon.com/Scholastic-Hands-Learning-Melissa-Torres/dp/0439638984/ref=pd_sim_b_11
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Starr- Thanks for those activities !
Tanya- I need to check those out, I am trying to brainstorm another 5 senses week and those would be cool for a touch activity. I remember tracing texture flashcards in kindergarten.
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beth aka confusedhomemaker says
Great idea! We tend to end up with them all over the floor and this uses them in a really fun way.
carrie anne says
We did something similar, hanging the flashcards as art on the playroom wall. With my son, he would shoot his nerf darts at letters and call them out. There are some nice art inspired cards out there now.
Ooooh, now I know what to do with all my son’s Thomas the tank engine flash cards…..that will make a perfect decoration for the Thomas themed bedroom. Of course, my son will care more about the side of the flash card that has the train, instead of the letters.
And since I will be homeschooling, that will be a great idea for just an “educational” decoration. I might have to go out and actually buy a pretty set of flash cards for that.
BTW, I start Kindergarten Sept 2010 and I will be using your letters of the week crafts. I’m so glad you started with the lowercase. I did some awhile ago but we stopped at the letter L, but I think next year we will start over and do a lowercase as well. I kept them on the wall in the bedroom, kind of like a border. But they got so dusty. I think this time around I will laminate them before putting them on the wall (easy cleaning). I will have to add things like pipe cleaners afterwards or look for an alternative. That makes such a wonderful addition to a kid’s bedroom wall with all those letters.
Thanks for such creativity
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Love this idea!!! I had a friend ask me a couple of weeks ago where to buy ABC charts; this is what I’m recommending to her! Thanx for the idea!