I purchase my wind up toys from Lakeshore or Amazon. Just wind up the toy and practice the card(s) it lands on!
(One of my clients named this dinosaur Charlie Brown)
Be magical fairies or wizards and point to each card with a wand!
Check out beautifulspeechlife.com and her wand collection:
- Play dough (my most frequently used method)
Typically I role up small balls of play dough and place them on top of each card. After the child completes a card, they get to smash the ball of play dough.
- Monster feed
I have this monster I scored from Goodwill called Funny Fred. However, I have seen plenty of educators/therapists turn dollar store trash cans into monsters with cute googly eyes. Complete each card, and feed it to the monster!
(Also great way to target spatial concepts and following simple directions “put in”/ “take out”)
- Jumping Frogs
These frogs are from Dollar Tree. Complete the card, and launch away!
Check out these tactile cards! Add pieces of felt, sandpaper, bubble wrap to make your flashcards extra touchy feely!
- Get Active
Have little ones that can’t stay still? Place the cards in a row and jump from card to card!
- Scavenger Hunt
Hide the cards in various locations around the room. Have the child look for the cards, and practice as they find them!
- Sensory Bin
Put the cards in a sensory bin filled with rice, beans, straws, pom poms, etc.
Place magnetic chips on each flashcard, use the magnetic wand to pick up the pieces after completing each card.
(magnetic chips and wand are from Lakeshore)
Combine play and flashcards! Push a car from one card to the next!
I got these poppers from Hobby Lobby. Complete a card and pop away!
Let me know how you like to make flashcards more engaging in the comments below!