Flashcards don't have to be boring. Let's think beyond the typical activity of holding up the card and having the child read the word. Although Big L does enjoy having me quiz him with flash cards, the novelty quickly wears off for him. This is what we did with his animal flashcards on this day...
First, we envolved little sister. She enjoyed holding (and gnawing on) the cards. She got to look at the picture with the words, while brother could just see the words on the back. We practiced reading the animal words.
Then we sorted the cards by animal classification. I only thought of doing this, because on the back of each card is the classification, along with a brief description of the animal. He had trouble with this at first, but then he started to get the hang of it. Of course, we had to discuss the attributes that made an animal a mammal, reptile, or amphibian, etc.
Some Other ways you can sort...
- With or without hooves?
- Water or land animals, or both?
- Scary or not scary? (We did this after L put the bear in the classification with the alligator. "But, they are scary, Momma!")
- Can fly or cannot fly?
- Feathers, fur or scales?
- Legs or no legs? (Or, by number of legs)
- Sort by type of habitat
So, for 3 bucks, you have a resource that you can use at least 9 different ways!