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Funtastic Flashcards and 20 games to play.

Using flashcards can be a fun and effective way to help children read, spell and recognize words; do math computations; learn times tables and much more. Here are 20 games that you can play with the flashcards to make learning engaging and effective.

These games can be adapted for use in the classroom - whole class or groups; or at home. Print the flashcards directly onto a thin board (160g) or laminate them.  Print more any time you need them.

For these games select and print the words they are presently learning:

  1. Word Memory: Create a matching game with two sets of flashcards. Flip them over and have the children find pairs of matching words. They keep the cards and the winner is the one with the most cards. 

  2. Word Bingo: Create Bingo cards with the words instead of numbers and call out or show the words for the children to mark on their cards.

  3. Snap: Play snap where it's a "snap" if the words have a letter that is the same, e.g. about and after have an a or a t that is the same. The child just needs to mention one. 

  4. Sight Word Scavenger Hunt: Hide flashcards around the room and have the children find and read them.

  5. Word Race: Time the pupils as they try to read as many flashcards as possible in a set time, or use an hourglass. This can also be done in groups.

  6. Word Puzzles: Cut the flashcards into pieces (you can always print more) and have the pupils put them together to form words.

  7. Word Wall: Create a word wall in the pupil's room or classroom where they can see and interact with the words regularly.

  8. Word Worm: Cut out coloured circles to make a worm. As each new word is introduced and mastered you can paste that flashcard in a circle that gets added to the worm. Watch the worm grow. Have kids come up and read off the sight word on each circle each day to help lock in the words they have previously learned- a great tool for retention!

  9. Word Detective: Place 5 flashcards face up on a table. Have the child point and read each card. Then, have the child close their eyes as you take a word away. Which word is missing? The child who says the right word keeps the card. Replace it with another card. The winner is the one who has the most cards at the end of the game.

  10. Flashlight or Slap: Lay out flashcards, call out words, and have the pupils "slap" the correct word with their hand or shine the light on them. They keep the card and whoever has the most, wins the game.

  11. Sight Word Jenga: Write the words on Jenga blocks, and the child has to read a word before they can remove a block.

  12. Collect a Card: Give each group a set of flashcards which are placed face down. Each child has a turn to pick up and read one.  If correct, they keep it. If they can't read it within a given time limit they place it back underneath the pack. When the pack is finished the winner will have the most cards.

  13. Word Karaoke: Sing words to familiar tunes or make up songs using the words.

  14. Word Building: Provide letter tiles and have the child spell out the words on the flashcards.

  15. Sight Word Pictionary: Draw or act out the words for the child to guess or pupils can do the acting.

  16. Word Hopscotch: Create a hopscotch grid with the words and have the child jump to each word while saying it.

  17. Picture Bingo: Create a Bingo game with pictures representing the  words on the flashcards, and the child matches the words to the pictures.

  18. Word Relay Race: Set up a relay race with flashcards. The child has to run to the pile, read the word, and pass it on.

  19. Sight Word Fishing: Use a stick with a string and magnet. Attach gem clips to the flashcards, put them in a "pond," and have the child  "fish" for words. He keeps the words he can read.

  20. Storytime: Put a few words on the board, read a story and the kids must clap each time one of the words appears in the story.

Math flashcards can help students practice and reinforce their mathematical skills in an engaging way. The same activities can just be adapted to solve math problems.

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