T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Rainy Day Project - Homemade Flashcards

It's spring in Idaho which pretty much means the weather can change every 20 minutes. It's been doing that today - a lot! I wanted to take a walk all day but was scared to get outside just to be rained or snowed on. Yes, snow in April. Thus, we opted out of our walk.

But I did work on a project I've been wanting to complete for some time - home made flashcards. This particular project is of my own design but from a lot of other ideas I've either seen or heard. Thomas likes to look at flashcards while he's sitting on the potty. Sometimes, though, he cannot relate to what he's seeing - probably an age developmental thing. For example, not all cups look like his cup. Or a photo of a dog does not always process as his dog.

Therefore, I took photos of some of his belongings and labeled them with his letter blocks. Then I printed the photos out and covered them with laminating sheets. After which I punched holes in the corners and bound them with a link.


Laminating sheets that I used

It took two sheets per four photos - one sheet for each side.

Total cost for project was about $10 with the laminating sheets being the most expensive. You can purchase them as well as a binding link at an office supply store. Staging the photos took the longest. But once those were taken, it was only about 30 to 45 minutes to laminate the photos, punch the holes, and bind them.

Finished product

Thomas seemed to like them - he constantly wants to take his favorites off the link and I am not sure how long they will last but probably until he is able to "grow" into his other flashcards. And it made for a fun "rainy day" project.

Pointing to "his" bear on the flashcard

Of course, the ball is the favorite!

Wishing you all fun projects on your rainy days, too!


Mommy of M's said...

CUTE idea!!

septembermom said...

I love this idea! You are so creative :) T Rex is going to benefit in so many ways from this project! You will always be a wonderful teacher for him.

Nina said...

That is very clever and I love that idea. Nothing like a good early start to learning.

shell said...

Very cool idea!! More relevant with the common things he sees every day.

Jed Wheeler Family said...

Very cute. Great idea! Texture cards are fun too!

Jenners said...

These are so cute! They came out awesome. So simple but so adorable. And they'll just be for him. totally love this. I'm going to have to link to it so other can see!

Cooper au fil du temps... said...

wow, those are awesome!