Flashcards for Early Learning

Young children are constantly learning by experimenting, thinking and problem-solving. They enjoy actively engaging with their environment. This includes observing things and people as well as listening to and making sounds and words. They also explore objects and experiment with textures and materials such as water, sand and dirt.

Whilst children use all of their senses to learn, what they see and what they learn from what they see is vital, as it is for adults. Around 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual in nature and is processed very quickly. Studies show that we typically retain 65% of the information that is visual compared with only 10 to 20% of information that is written or spoken.

Why flashcards can support a child’s learning

Flashcards are an excellent resource for teaching young children. Here’s why:

  • They are visual in nature
    Like adults, children learn more through what they see than what they hear or is written

  • They provide a playful means of engaging with your child
    Children love to engage with their parents and relatives through play. Flashcards can provide a focus to this play.

  • They are simple in design
    This simplicity allows a child to focus on one concept at a time, setting them up for success.

  • They can be used in so many ways
    The same set might be used for any number of touching, matching, sorting, saying and describing activities. This means their use can evolve as a child’s abilities progress.

  • They are portable and durable
    So they can be enjoyed at home or when out and about visiting relatives and friends.

What our flashcards can teach

Our flashcards can support many areas of early learning. These include:

  • An enhanced vocabulary
    Having a large number of familiar words encourages children to think deeply and to express themselves clearly.

  • An improved ability to put words together to form sentences
    Being able to speak clearly helps children to convey what they think, feel and need. It fosters good interpersonal relationships.

  • Emotional Literacy
    The ability to understand and express feelings, both of which are key to forming and maintaining healthy relationships.

  • Reasoning skills
    A child’s ability to think through problems and apply strategies to solve them helps them to see things from different perspectives. This develops humans skills like empathy and understanding.

  • An understanding of new concepts
    Our flashcard sets can introduce a child to new concepts such as categories and associations. Understanding both of these concepts at an early age is important for key numerical concepts later on.

How to use our flashcards

Each of our flashcard sets includes an easy to use set of instructions. There are a mix of matching, touching, sorting, acting, saying and describing activities.

These activities are typically organised in order of difficulty, with the easier activities described at the start of the guide and the more challenging ones described further on. There are activities that are appropriate for people:

  • of any age
  • who are verbal or non verbal
  • at different stages in their level of ability
free activity guide for picture flashcards

Free Download: Flashcard Activity Guides

Take the guess work out of how to use the cards by following our activity guides. With simple, step-by-step advice and helpful pictures, they’ve been designed so that you get the most out of the cards and out of each lesson with your student. Feel purposeful, organised and confident whilst you teach.

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Enhancing vocabulary 
The Nouns and Categories Sets were designed to support the teaching of vocabulary. Typically, the more words that a child understands and uses, the greater their ease of communication.

Putting words together to form sentences
Our Verbs and Go Togethers Sets are designed to encourage putting words together, technically known as the mean length of utterance. This matters because children are better able to communicate their wants, needs and ideas when they put words together rather than using one at a time.

Reasoning skills
The Opposites and Prepositions Sets are all about encouraging your child to use their reasoning skills, which is thinking through problems and applying strategies to solve them.

Emotional literacy
Emotions Volume 1 and 2 are designed to teach the fundamentals of emotional literacy, which is the ability to identify, understand and respond appropriately to our own emotions and those around us.

Or our entire flashcard range in 2 premium value box sets

  • Maintain interest
    With 520 captivating cards

  • Stay organised
    With dividers and color coded cards

  • Feel confident with what to teach
    With step by step instructions included with each set

  • Language Library
    6 teaching concepts – Categories, Go Togethers, Emotions, Opposites, Prepositions and Verbs

  • Nouns
    12 types – animals, appliances, clothes, food, furniture, household, locations, nature, occupations, rooms, shapes and transport

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