A preposition is a word used to link nouns, pronouns, or phrases to other words within a sentence. They relate to things like time, place and direction.

prepositions flashcards

Why teach prepositions?

Prepositions are very important to the meaning of a sentence. A misused preposition can make a clearly stated sentence a confusing jumble of words. They are difficult to learn because of the sheer number of them in the English language and their capacity to have many meanings.

There are different types of prepositions. Time prepositions include before, after, during and until. Place prepositions include inside, on top and between. And direction prepositions include across, up and down.

Prepositions are considered ‘closed class’. In other words, they are a select group of words to which no new words are added. This is in contrast to nouns, adjectives and verbs.

Prepositions can vary from one language to another. For example, in Swedish something is considered ‘in the stairs’ rather than ‘on the stairs’. For a student learning English as a Second Language, this can make it challenging to shift the conventions of their native language to English.


Prepositions Flashcards Set

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

  • On the front of each card is a clear and interesting image of a spatial concept

  • On the reverse of each card is the teaching target (in words) eg ‘between’ is written on the back of the image where the lamp is between the couch and the chair

 Teaching Targets

7 spatial concepts:
in front
next to
on top

 Teaching Support

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

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

 Premium Quality

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

preposition picture cards

Frequently Asked Questions

The proper use of positional language (or prepositions), such as in front, behind, on top and under, is vital for developing a student’s literacy and numeracy skills. Prepositions tell us where something is in space and are crucial for both understanding and conveying instructions.

Students for learning English as a second language may find the concept of prepositions difficult. So too may those with autism or a learning disability, because of the abstract nature of spatial reasoning. Young children will often confuse certain prepositions, such as on and in, which tends to resolve over time and with the appropriate type of educational support.

The set consists of eight scenes. For example, one scene is of a microwave, a mug and a kettle. There are five cards dedicated to this scene. On each of these cards, the mug is in a unique position – it’s in front, inside, on top, next to and between the microwave and the kettle. When these cards are placed next to each other, it’s easy for the teacher to explain each of the prepositions because the only item which has moved is the mug.

The purpose of the white background is to remove distracting or confusing elements. It encourages the student to focus on the preposition (or spatial positioning) of the main object.

Colorful, sturdy cards with illustrations that are not overly twee. Perfect for older pupils.

Mel Carter

These cards have really helped my 4-year-old son. The images are nice and the size is good. Would recommend.


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