The importance of flashcards as a learning tool is provided in one of the earlier articles. This is an exclusive guide that helps you use flashcards for toddlers as a learning tool. It deals with children starting from 0 to 6 years. This is a long range to monitor and aid with flashcards but is a perfect time to introduce reading, math and other concepts using flash cards.

Flashcards for newborn babies.

Using learning tools for newborn babies is not pressurizing, rather it is about ‘helping them to stimulate their brain cells during the most cognitive and active period of their learning cycle’.

Newborn children can identify two major colours distinctively and respond to those colours in the environment, which is – black and white. The ability to recognize between black and white only is a learning feature of children between 0 to 6 months. However, during this growth period, few children may start responding and recognizing other colours too.

This is a hint that flashcards need to be designed in black and white while introducing them to children between 0 to 6 months. You can use downloadable flash cards of different images including numbers, objects, and words from Brillbaby or from Gymademics.

Courtesy: Gymademics

After that progressively start designing them in colours like – RED, PURPLE, GREEN, ORANGE, YELLOW and further on. This is typically the order in which children start responding to colours.

Flashcards for 6 months to 12 months

The above-mentioned sources also provide flashcards for children between 6 to 12 months. On your child’s first birthday, you can introduce them to books that are a collection of flashcards. They come with just one image and one word on each page. The dot cards mentioned above can be continued. Dot cards are designed to introduce mathematical concepts starting with numbers and then moving onto simple arithmetic operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Flashcards will get colorful from here on, especially the ones that cater to factual information like birds, animals and so on.

Flashcards for 12 to 24 months

You can pack a flashcard kit with following variations –

Flashcards with images – This helps you introduce facts of science. For the next 12 months, you can try using flashcards among the following categories.

  • Birds
  • Animals
  • Objects of daily use
  • Shapes
  • Family members
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Flowers

Flashcards with words – Pick words from different categories, begin with the most common categories and then add rare words. Try and choose words that can be related to and is tangible. This helps the child comprehend the language better. Few categories you can begin with are –

  • Birds
  • Animals
  • Objects of daily use
  • Family members
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Flowers
  • Planets
  • Colours
  • Furniture
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Vehicles

Flash cards with dots –  These are used specifically to introduce math concepts starting from number recognition, counting, and other arithmetic operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. As mentioned earlier, you can start using red dots while introducing math concepts for children between 12 to 24 months.

Flashcards from 24 months onward

We are not generalizing the use of flashcards, but we are indicating that children after this age would absorb as much as they feel like. Hence, how much a child learns using flashcards completely depends on their area of interest.

To enhance reading skills you can now start introducing the following as they progress.

  • Sentence cards
  • Story cards
  • One sentence books with repetitive words. (they come as a collection of flashcards)

Other concepts in science and math can be categorized as below for better planning.

Science & Social Sciences Mathematics
  • Planets
  • Constellations
  • Presidents of nation
  • States of a country
  • Periodic Table
  • Trees
  • Species of dogs, cats, fish and so on
  • Parts of Body
  • Shapes
  • Formulae
  • Measurements
  • Theorem
  • Fractions
  • Squares and Cubes
  • Currency

To get started with creating flashcards you can draw ideas from this curated channel on Pinterest. It has 
78 different idea boards to create flashcards that you can use.


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