Many educational and entertaining aids can be used to teach children. One of the most popular ones is the educational picture cards. They can be used for the smallest babies and toddlers and pre-school children. In this article you can read how such cards look and how they can be made at home. Learn how to work with them to make them more effective and fun for kids.
Educating children using picture and cards is very popular not only in kindergartens and Montessori circles. Thanks to their simple use and their universal use their parents also liked them. They use it for many activities at home and in groups of children. If you use them to develop your children, nothing prevents you. Flashcards are commonly available . You can buy them with many different topics or make them at home.
How to make cards at home
You will need a harder backing (some carton or Thursday), or use the paper which you then laminate. Lamination is very suitable for frequent use, as it will destroy them. Then measure your chosen size, very popular is 10 × 10 cm, and cut or cut the cards. Now you have several options . Either you draw the pictures yourself print them out from the internet and stick or create a collage of different magazines and postcards . Then you let it dry and you can start using it. This way of production is very simple and you can create as many cards as you need. At the same time, they can be continuously supplemented and changed. For older children, include card titles or brief descriptions.
How to use the cards meaningfully | with babies
For the youngest children color cards can be used soon after birth . Even though the baby is still on his back, you can show him because his visual skills already allow him to focus things at 25 cm. Tell him what’s on the picture. By continuing to talk to him, the baby will become familiar with the different tones of voice and its color. When he starts grazing hobbies, pictures that are colorful and interesting will help him increase his interest and try to get to them.
Later, the cards can be used to teach understanding. They can be shown to the child and viewed as a book. Little toddlers like to show pictures. Or use them to tell different stories. It’s great fun to throw them around and rummage in them.
Picture cards and toddlers
At toddlers teaching cards can be used more targeted than babies. Little children are already more understanding and can develop other skills like motor skills, language skills, and so on. For example, try searching for things when you first describe the subject and then let it find in the picture. Another good game to try is assignment. Show the picture with an object and let the child find the same thing in real life. For example, you choose a milk bottle card and the baby will look for it. If he does, be sure to rejoice with the child. Also, make sure that the objects are always visible from the toddler’s position and can easily be found in the room. Otherwise, the game will no longer entertain him.
Flashcards also fit for signing fun. The child will be pleased to be able to express with a sign what he sees on the card and you can make cards directly to the expressions you sign with the child. Or you can buy the cards in a set with all the terms used in the courses for children and parents. You can find the cards in two sets, each set has 36 cards.
Cardboard activities for older children
Older children can be involved in card games in many ways. It depends on the theme of each image. We can sort cards with children by theme, color, shape, or other common trait. You can play cognitive games or assign them to real objects. A very popular game is composing stories, which, among other things, develops fantasy and cause and effect.
A storytelling game
The game helps the child to understand the continuity of the stories. For this purpose, we choose appropriate cards with some story. For starters, you only need three and you can add more, depending on your child’s age and ability. First, imagine the cards, explain what each is and how they follow each other. When the child understands everything enough, let him build the story himself. Thinking about the order of pictures develops logical thinking. With the smallest we can choose a simpler option, by selecting the center card and selecting the child from the others only the first and the third. He thinks of what was and what follows. With this activity, the child practices observation, develops language and vocabulary, and social interaction.
Furthermore, the cards can be used when pairing pictures with real things, when the child puts into context the differences between the real and the displayed. Or also as a memory game if we make or buy cards in a pair. Also try to use them for activities to further expand your vocabulary. Older children can compose, tell, or complement stories by card.
Learning English – vocabulary teaching
For children, a sensitive period for language learning starts from birth which is why they are very receptive to a linguistically rich environment. Therefore, it is very good to start with the youngest, with English lessons. Cards are some of the favorite and effective vocabulary tools for effective learning by playing vocabulary. You can make great use of them in your home environment and familiarize you with the smallest playful form with the first English vocabulary. One of the ways you can choose is a three-level lesson in Montessori pedagogy.
Three-step lesson on vocabulary learning
This method contains three consecutive steps. The important thing is that each child must have a complete control of the child before moving on to the next. So the principle is the gradual coping of individual parts that lead to the successful learning of the vocabulary. At the same time, however, we should always engage the child with enough interest to be entertained by learning and to respect his age. It is also good to use as many senses as possible to get acquainted with vocabulary, such as vision (to visualize a picture or thing), touch, hear or smell and taste. This will soon bring success. Children are curious and will be interested in everything related to such learning.
3 Steps to Teaching
- Word introduction
- Choosing the right word from the group
- Proper naming
It is important that teaching is still interesting and fun for children. Otherwise, it loses efficiency.
Advantages of learning cards:
- They’re stackable, they fit in a pocket or purse . Ideal for traveling.
- They reveal to many children | many branches of our lives in an entertaining way (according to the focus of each image)
- They can be used for many diverse activities and activities.
- It develops visual and spatial orientation, vocabulary, language skills, storytelling skills, and much more.
- They can be used in a group of children.
- They are not financially demanding they can be purchased very conveniently or you can make them at home.
Are you interested in learning children using cards? Be sure to make them and try our ideas. Or you can buy them from us at e-shop . You can choose from two options that develop your children’s knowledge from different areas. Would you also like to know more about the three-level teaching method of vocabulary? We use it in our English lessons for children GoKids . In lessons there are experiments, nursery rhymes, movement activities and creative creations. Visit one of our courses, let your kids play and play, and get to know other like-minded parents. You can find a map of all the places where our lecturers organize courses here. And if, rather than English, you are interested in meaningful playing and developing your children with Montessori elements, you can try to get to know the world or to sign with us.