Flashcards are a popular way to further a child’s understanding of the world because they are portable, versatile and durable. They provide a playful means of enhancing their vocabulary and introduce children to new concepts, such as matching (eg a bowl with a spoon) and categorising (eg transport, food and clothing).
Presenting these types of activities to a child in a playful and lighthearted way can support their development. Flashcards can enhance their communication skills, including their ability to grasp and express ideas clearly. They can also encourage them to reason with logic, which means using systematic steps to arrive at a conclusion.
While the picture on a flashcard may be simple, it can be used to teach progressively more complex concepts. For example, a set of verbs flashcards may be used with a toddler to enhance their vocabulary (eg the word ‘running’). The parent of an older child might use the same set for syntax (eg the formation of the sentence ‘The lady is running’). At a later stage, this same set might be used to teach the correct use of past tense (eg ran versus run).