Flash cards are great for kids to learn their letters, their numbers and 'sight words'. Unfortunately, flash cards get bent, ripped and dirty very quickly. I created a flash card holder that I could wash, that is re-writable and has many more uses than traditional flash cards! My flash card holders are a great size for small photos, for filling with this weeks spelling words, or to hide pirate clues in around the house. They are made with inexpensive vinyl to keep the cards free from damage, and scrap novelty fabrics to make them fun! You can make them in less than an afternoon and they will last from baby hands to school age quizzes! Have fun and customize your own flash card holders with this 5 easy step instructable.
Step 1: Step 1 - Gather and Cut Out Materials
- White Cotton Fabric - 20 rectangles - 3.5" x 5.5"
- Clear Vinyl (Purchased at Walmart in the craft section for less than 10$Canadian) -20 rectangles - 3.5"x5.5"
- Printed Novelty Fabrics- 20 rectangles - 6" x 4"
- 20 Cue Cards
- Sewing Pins
- Topstitch Sewing Machine Needle Size 90/14
- Sewing Machine
- Iron and Ironing Board
- Colourful Thread
Step 1 - Cut out all of your materials - cut rectangles according to materials list. (as shown in picture)
Step 2: Step 2 - Sewing
Place your white fabric rectangle on top of your printed fabric rectangle - right sides together. Align your together rectangles along the top and place the white rectangle in the middle (as much as possible -refer to picture).
You can place a few pins if you need.
Stitch 1/4" from the top aligned edge
Step 3: Step 3 - Adding the Plastic
Turn over your rectangles so that your stitching is hidden inside and the right side of your fabric is facing out. Press with your iron to set that seem and make it flat.
Take the excess fabric of the printed fabric and fold them toward the white fabric - creating a lip - all the way around the 3 unsewn sides.
Insert vinyl rectable into the folded in lip. Pin in place if you need.
Step 4: Step 4 - Zig Zag'n
Using a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine will secure all the layers together and will prevent fabrics from fraying.
Zig zag stitch in a colour thread that you like all the way around the 3 raw edges. Make sure the zig zag catches all three layers. (Printed fabric lip, the white fabric and edge of the vinyl rectangles)
Step 5: Step 5 - Insert Cue Card
- Now is the creative part! My original use for this project was for my daughters reading - I would write 2 of each words on my 20 cue cards (so ten different words). I would then flip over the cards so the words are hidden, now we take turns flipping them over, reading the word and trying to find a match.
It does not end there though!!
I have 10 different uses for these cards, feel free to try them or create your own uses for these protected flash cards
- Memory Game
- Hide pirate clues around the house for a party game
- Put pictures of family who live far away and let baby play with the cards - the fabric and plastic protect your photo
- Recipe Cards - no spills will ruin your favourite recipe
- Bilingual Game - Lay cards face side up and match words Example. Match Hello matches to Bonjour!
- Colour and shape recognition for toddlers - lay face side up and request the red triangle shape!
- Seek the house game - draw pictures of household items, flip the card and see who can find it! ex. a paperclip
- This weeks spelling words! Use them as traditional flashcards
- Math flashcards
- Eye-spy restaurant game - bring blank cards to restaurant - everyone write down something they see who can find
These flashcards are easily washed in a sink with warm soapy water - then let sit in the drying rack to dry!