If you have a stack of flashcards a mile high like we do, you may be looking for more fun and creative ways to use them other than just holding them up for your child to recite from. While your child may learn this way, it can get boring quickly and of course flashcards just sitting on a shelf teach nothing. But put into a fun and new learning game they Especially those kinesthetic learners who learn best with movement and interaction. I created this fun game for my own kids who love to play, and I think there is no better way to learn than through play. I found these giant flyswatters at Dollar Tree and brought them home not quite knowing what I was going to do with them. You can also find a lot of flashcards available at Dollar Tree or make your own. This game works great since it can be used on a wide variety of ages and learning abilities from toddler to early elementary.
Slap! A Simple Flashcard Game
How to play:
1. Choose a type of flashcard.
2. Spread out 4 to 10 (depending on your childs ability) flashcards on the floor.
3. Call out a color, shape, word, or sum and have your child SLAP! the correct one.
4. For every correct one your child gets to collect the card, when the reach 10 they have won the round.
5. Repeat as long as you and your child like.
This game can be played by multiple children, I do recommended spreading the cards out and having them stand on opposite sides of the play area to avoid incidents.
Here are a few simple games you can play to extend learning:
What Am I– Lay out animal pictures or flashcards, call out characteristics such as- “I Live in caves, I am covered in brown fur, I hibernate, etc.. until your child correctly guesses and slaps the card. Repeat.
Sums– Use addition cards. Call out – The sum of this is… 3, 10, etc. Place one of each number or different combinations of math problems and have your child find them all.
Shape Sorter– Use flashcards or cut shapes from construction paper or craft foam and spread on floor. Call out shapes or to make it more challenging call out the number of sides or an object that is the shape, for example a tortilla chip is a _______(triangle)
Science Search– Use pictures or flashcards of bugs and animals, have your child slap the correct one as you call out things like- vertebrae or invertebrate, mammal, nocturnal, etc..
Letter Sounds- Spread letters across the floor, call out letter sounds “This letter makes the ah sound” for your child to find.
Flash Cards to Use in Slap!
- Animal Identification
- Animal Habitats
- Sight Words
- Addition/ Subtraction