Opposites are things that are completely different from each other, like dirty and clean, big and small, long and short.

opposites flashcards

Why teach opposites?

Teaching your student about opposites helps build their observation and analytical skills. It also expands their vocabulary, helping them to comprehend, retain and convey information. Opposites are a fundamental language concept, along with associations and categories.

Understanding opposites is a prerequisite for more advanced literacy and numeracy skills such as giving instructions and differentiating between large and small numbers.


Opposites Flashcards Set

  • 40 double-sided cards, measuring 5.9” x 3.9” (10 x 15 cm)

  • On the front is a clear and interesting image of one pair of an opposite (eg a dirty plate)

  • On the reverse side is the teaching target (in words). For example, ‘open’ and it’s opposite ‘closed’ are written on the back of the open carton of eggs

 Teaching Targets

10 types of opposites with two pairs of each:


 Teaching Support

Each set comes with a step by step activities guide, suitable for early through to more advanced learners. Includes:

  • touching
  • acting
  • matching
  • sorting
  • saying
  • plus more ideas for everyday life

 Premium Quality

Printed on high-quality stock and packaged in a sturdy box with a removable lid.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The label (which is often called the teaching concept) is written on the reverse side of each card. For example, if the teaching concept is ‘wet’, then the word ‘wet’ appears on the reverse side of the card. Beneath the word ‘wet’ is the word ‘dry’ (in brackets and italics) which explains that the opposite of ‘wet’ is ‘dry’.

The intention of having two pairs is to consolidate a student’s understanding of opposites. A second example serves to build on a student’s understanding of the first example.

Absolutely! You don’t need to be a qualified teacher to use these flashcards. Many parents and grandparents have provided us with positive feedback about using these cards. And the step by step guide included in the set suggests a range of activities which are suitable for very early through to more advanced learners.

Such a fun way to teach opposites! And so easy for my students to interpret. I also use them to help with my students’ vocabulary.

Shannon Townsend

Thank you so much! These cards arrived this week. The manufacturer’s description of the product is as advertised. I would highly recommend!

Valda Sinclair

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