Flashcards are a perfect tool for toddlers and preschoolers to learn new words and develop their speech. This is especially true in today’s world of apps and other digital learning games for kids, because as little humans, they need human interaction to learn to be human ways and language.
Our range of Flashcards uses either fun illustrations or real-life photos to appeal to children’s visual senses.
Flashcard game ideas and tips
Using alphabet flashcards with preschoolers
- Help your child to recognise and sound out the letter. For example 'a' sounds like 'ah' (not 'ay') and 'b' sounds like 'buh' (not 'bee').
- Whilst holding the letter flashcard, show them an object beginning with that letter. Repeat the same grouping again another time, until your child can make the connection themselves.
- Sing an alphabet song and show your child the cards as you reach the letters.
Using alphabet flashcards with school learners
- Hold up the flashcard and ask your child to sound out each letter. Help them if needed.
- Pick a card and ask your child to find an object in the room that starts with the same letter.
- Place two cards on the table that make up the last two letters of a three-letter word (for example, ‘i’ and ‘g’). Explore which letters, such as ‘p’, could go at the start to make a new word – 'pig'.
Using number flashcards with preschoolers
- Show your child a number card, 1–20, and ask them to repeat the number after you.
- Give them number cards out of sequence and ask them to name the number.
- When you see numbers out and about, such as on doors, ask your child which number they can see.
- Sing number songs together
- Read number books together. Ask them which number comes next.
Using number flashcards with school learners
- Choose a number and ask your child to find the next in sequence.
- Name a card and then ask your child to find it. E.g. “Find the card with number 3”.
- Choose two cards and let your child decide which card’s number is bigger or smaller. Use the words ‘more’ and ‘less’, and ‘bigger’ and ‘smaller’ when comparing cards.
Using animal flashcards with both preschoolers and schoolchildren
- Describe an animal, and ask your child to guess what it is and hold up the right card.
- Ask your child to pick an animal card and try and make the noises of the animal.
- Group the animals into different categories. For example colour, number of legs etc.
Using colour and shape flashcards with preschoolers and schoolchildren
- Choose a card and ask your child to think of more things that are the same colour or shape. For example sunflowers and lemons for the yellow card.
- Ask your child to group shapes into whether they have straight or curved lines.
- Encourage your child to colour or draw a range of shapes in different colours. For example draw a pink square or a green circle and ask your child to find the matching two colour and shape cards.