Lazy weekends call for do – it – yourself projects and thats exactly what Kinzah and I did this Sunday! We both had no interest in the football game my husband was keenly watching so I took out some materials and we got to work. Kinzah has been showing interest in colours more recently, she’s been pointing them out during story time or while she’s playing with her blocks, so I thought why not make some flashcards for her. It proved to be a great bonding and learning experience! Not only was she learning her colours in both Arabic and English, but she was counting her fingers as we traced her hand, she learned how to use child safe scissors, how to use a glue stick and paste her hand cutouts which made for a great fine motor skills exercise.
Keep reading if you’re interested in making a set of these super simple flashcards with your little one!
What you’ll need…
- Construction paper in a variety of colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, black, white
- 5 standard printer sized (8.5” x 11”) card stock sheets in white
- child safe scissors
- glue stick
- black sharpie
- silver metallic sharpie
- black jumbo crayon
Let’s get started!
- Start by cutting the card stock sheets in half so that you have 10 “flash cards”.
- Let your child pick the color they want to start with and fold the construction paper in half. Trace their hand using the black jumbo crayon. As you are tracing, count their fingers (we did it in both Arabic and English since we speak both at home).
- Show them how to cut out the handprint if they are not familiar with scissors and then let them try it out for themselves.
- Repeat steps 2 & 3 until you have a pair of hand prints for each colour.
- Now you can show your child how to use a glue stick and how to stick their handprints on the cards.
- After they’ve glued all of the hand prints, write out the colour in the center of the handprint with the black sharpie. For the darker colors like black and blue, I used a silver sharpie so the words can show more clearly.
- If you’re bilingual, use the second handprint to write down the colour in the second language you speak at home. This way your child will learn their colours in both English and your second language!
- If you’d prefer to have the cards connected to help your child from losing them, you can hole punch the corners and attach the cards with a ribbon or ring.
- On the back, label the cards with your child’s name, age and date. I love doing this on anything my daughter works on just for reference.
I hope you found this helpful! Be sure to share with me and tag @motherofpearl91 on IG so I can see what you and your little ones created.