Simon Says Go To…
This is a great activity to get the little children moving and talking. I place the flashcards on the wall around the room. My daughter and I take turns being “Simon”. We say “Simon says go to…” and name a flashcard. We then take turns running and stand below the card.
We do variations where we say, “Mommy go to…” or "Baba go to..." and name a certain card. Each child has a turn at being Simon.
Flashcard Story Prompts
I love story prompts, and flashcards are a great way to create stories and promote the use of a language. We put our flashcards in a pile, and place a couple of cards from each pile down on the floor. We then take turns in creating a story made up from the different cards.
My daughter loves to have a scavenger hunt and search the house for items that match our flashcards. We place our flashcards face down, choose a card and the search begins.
When we use our shape flashcards, we find anything we can to match to the shapes.When we use our color flashcards, we find as many things as we can and match them to the colors.When we use our animal flashcards, we search for animals for the ones on the cards. It could be animals from our toy farm or zoo, our stuffed animals or even our favorite book.
Flashcard Memory Game
Some flashcards come in pairs, but if not you will need two sets of the same cards. Place them all face down and take turns turning two over at once and naming the object on the card. If they are the same, the child keeps them. If not, they turn them back over. Repeat until all of the cards are gone and the winner is who has the most cards. My kids are still young so we don’t necessarily have a “winner” or we have arguments. We just like to count how many pairs each child has at the end.
Flashcard Guessing Game
Think of the game Celebrity Head but for kids, using flashcards. This activity can be played in pairs or in a group. Each child has a card stuck to or on their head, or even held in front of them, but so they can’t see it. They take turns in asking questions about the card that they have.
Eg “Am I a shape?” “Am I an animal?” Do I have four legs?” etc. If they get the question right, they have another turn. Otherwise you go around asking questions until someone guesses which card they have correctly. It really motivates the use of language, because kids really want to know what is on their head.
What Do I eat? Pick an animal card and find food around the house that that animal would eat.
Copy Cat Writing and Drawing Activity
For kids who love to draw, the copy cat flashcard activity is a lot of fun. If you have thin paper you can place it over the card and copy with a pen or pencil, then color it in to match the card. If your child is good at drawing freehand then they can simply copy from looking at it.
They can also copy out the words if they are learning to write. My two year old is obsessed with drawing. She has "copied" these cards out about a hundred times already. Mum and dad don’t mind joining in either!