While going through a file box I came across a stack of something that needed another purpose.
And so, my old business cards have been colored, counted and cut. We’ve used them to play memory games and arranged them to form different shapes. They’ve been converted into small flash cards, a mini pennant garland and tools for setting the table.
Future activity ideas will include writing practice (one card per each letter that can be shuffled later for the child to spell their own name) as well as to count how many. I also thought to save all the colorful dots left over from all the hole-punching for easy table confetti to decorate our next birthday party.
As they’re made out of sturdy card stock, the possibilities are endless.
Over the years, I’ve put together several early learning presentations. I’d play them on our old computer or connect a cable to the television to view on a larger screen. Nowadays you don’t need a wire and with Screen Mirroring, all you need is Internet access and your smart phone will do.
Here’s just another set of ABC flash card slides thanks to MS PowerPoint (which you can then import into Google Slides for sharing as I have done.)
These slides are supposed to be a focus on our favorite things but with preschoolers, it’s more like the first things that came to mind. Then there was an issue with K. For no apparent reason, my suggestions for Kiss, Karate, Kite, Kangaroo or Knight were a fail while Ketchup was unanimous. Then there’s the case of the bitter X. Not many new or easy choices for this letter with little ones, am I right? But hey, we do enjoy our Xylophone and X-Rays always remind us of Dem Bones. And, no need to wait for Halloween to begin doing The Skeleton Dance!
Play around with the software if you’re interested and come up with your own flash card favorites. Our next project is photos of actual family members (Aunt, Brother, Cousin, Dad, Grandma, Dad, etc.) and if you have any pets, you should include them too!
Hope you enjoy our ABC Favorite Things Slide Show you can view here!
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that yes, the very mention of My Favorite Things always brings me me back to The Sound of Music.
We have quite a few puzzles by Melissa and Doug around and the younger ones are still trying to put the right pieces in the right place. Once a child has mastered the task however, they move on and get creative by incorporating the pieces into other forms of play, which is great!
With this in mind, I thought of another option by printing the names of each piece as cards that we can remove from the deck, one at time.
If the child is able to read the word they see, they can go ahead and put the correlating piece in the appropriate place on the puzzle. If not, we set them aside to go over them again later.
Some of the words are more familiar (as they’ve seen them before in our standard flash cards) such as “cow” but “excavator” not so much. It’s all good. They’ll get there, eventually!
This is a great way for us to continue working with the same puzzles we already have, but on another level as a new experience. Maybe you have some of these in your toy chest too. Our puzzles cover some of the animals found on the farm and jungle, sea creatures, as well as, vehicles for transportation and construction sites.
If you’d like to print the sheets we used for this puzzle piece sight word game, you can find them here.
One day we picked a letter from the flash card deck and turned it into the “Letter of the Day.” I like to create little rhymes for everything too so once I begin chanting the verse for any given activity, it means we’ll soon begin.
This is a a basic game where we look for the letter in our other flash cards, as well as refer to our alphabet posters and/or wall stickers. Quail was used often, one is named Quincy in fact. But, we also had Quilt and thanks to files shared by the educational website From ABCs to ACTs, we walked like a Queen. (Note to self: Crown craft.)
If you notice, we also have the letter in sign language. (Super Simple Songs will familiarize you with them all while you move to their catchy Alphabet Chant.)
Separate posts will follow, as we randomly continue going through each letter.
Follow on Facebook if you’re interested in viewing albums that contain early learning flash card-style photos. They’ve entertained children during long waits away from home (in our case at the doctor’s office.) You might forget a toy, book or tablet but for sure, you’ll have your phone.
Find any of the videos Bloggedabout above saved to a YouTube Playlist for easy reference.
Hope you like this activity idea!
Kids keep me busy with things like this but so does the kitchen and the food happens here.
… they exist in an alternate universe and we get to name them!
We love puzzles and while putting together some large pieces on the floor to form a map of the United States (Melissa & Doug has one we like very much) I thought of some other things we could do.
First, I looked up an alphabetical list of the 50 states I printed to keep visible. Then, I created a table format in MS Word to have cut out cards for each state. They can be categorized by each letter in the alphabet they represent. For the letters that don’t have any states associated with them, we’ll play a game of make believe. Naturally, they exist in an alternate universe and we get to name them! What did your kids come up with?
We’ll learn new things about the state we live in, as well as, those where any of our friends and family reside. (You can find fun facts for each state on the wonderful website aptly titled A to Z Kids Stuff.) We’ll also talk about places we’d like to visit (Hollywood, California to be exact) or mom & dad’s retirement plans for the Florida Keys.
The younger ones can lay out or hand us the alphabet cards (we happen to have a sturdy jumbo set) while the older ones associate them with each state. Team work! Hope you like this activity idea.