Incorporating Flashcards into Playtime
Children LOATH flashcards! Here, I said it!
However, incorporating flashcards into games and toys can be a great solution to make learning more enjoyable for children while still achieving educational goals.
In fact, playing is a “fun”damental and welcomed activity for children, as it helps them learn and develop important skills such as socialization, problem-solving, communication, and creativity while enjoying themselves.
Here are a few examples of how flashcards can be incorporated into games:
Greedy Granny: In this game, flashcards are placed on Granny’s tray instead of cookies, and the objective is to collect as many flashcards as possible without waking Granny up. This game can help children learn while still having fun, as they have to identify the image or word on the flashcard before collecting it.
Magnetic Fishing: Playing fishing with a magnetic fishing pole and flashcards that have a metal clip attached to each one of them can be both fun and educational. The child can catch the flashcards with the fishing pole and then identify the image or word on the card.
Tic Tac Toe: Instead of placing Xs and Os on a blank grid, the child can place them on a grid that contains the flashcards and say the picture on which the X or O is placed. This not only makes the game more exciting but it also helps the child learn and retain the information on the flashcards.
These are just a few examples of how flashcards can be used in games and toys to make learning more enjoyable for children. By incorporating flashcards into playtime, we can help children build their knowledge and skills in a way that is engaging and effective.