Friday, January 6, 2012

Fun with Flashcards

The other day, I was up on Firecracker's loft bed, trying to get her bed made up nicely with her new quilt, so I could take some pictures of it...which I'll share with you next week.  (Anyone else notice what a pain it is to make up a loft/bunk bed?!?)  The whole time I was up there wrestling with the sheets and quilt, Sweet Pea was down in her bed babbling away and practicing her letters.

My mom gave us several sets of flashcards for a Christmas gift, and Sweet Pea especially LOVES them.   She especially loves to find R's...

YEAH!!  I found an R!!!!

And B's...

Because those are the letters her name starts with.

But 2's are just as important, because she is 2 and proud of it.
(Not sure what will happen when she turns 3 in March...whether she'll be excited to be a bigger number or disappointed that she's no longer 2.)

These are a few of the ones my mom made for us...I'm not sure where the uppercase cards were at the time of the photo shoot.  Like I said...Sweet Pea LOVES them and carries them all over the they could be anywhere (although judging by the other pictures, I probably should have looked harder between the wall and her bed.)

My mom also sewed up this sweet little bag to put them in.

When Sweet Pea saw that I had them for pictures, she could hardly keep her hands off them.  So we pulled the buttons out...

...and she had fun putting buttons on the dots.  6 was her favorite because it had purple dots, so then she could put purple buttons on them.

Sweet Pea's infatuation with them has really made me think that we need to get back into the swing of doing more preschool activities in the morning. So hopefully in the next week or so I'll be sharing more children's books and activities regularly like I used to.

If you're in the same boat and wanting to do more learning activities with your kids, flashcards like these have a ton of uses.

If you'd like to make some similar flashcards of your own, the printable PDF is available from my sister Katie's Etsy Shop From The Red Kitchen.

This way you can print your own flash cards...and print them as many times as you want.  They work great as gifts and if your kids ruin one or two...or you want an extra can just print them out.

She has lots of different sets, plus some that are not shown here.

The alphabet card set comes with both the upper and lower case sets...The lower case are my favorite because children come across far more lower case letter when reading than they do of uppercase letters...but most sets just have uppercase.  The alphabet set also include common punctuation symbols.

I love the countable (and button-able) dots on the number they start at 0 and go up to 20, so they cover all the "hard" numbers that the 1-10 sets miss.

Katie also offers sets with shapes and colors.

For the best deal, you can order all four of her sets (alphabet, numbers, shapes, and colors) as a bundled deal for less.

And I even talked her into offering my readers a little discount.  Enter the discount code "HELPINGLITTLEHANDS" when you check out for a 10% discount off your whole order.  (So that's 10% off your well as any buttons, or other cute things you might pick up while you're there.)  The offer is good until Saturday, January 14th.


  1. Hi, I'm Whitney from Pen Pals & Picture Books. We got included in this 'new blogs I found' sort of thing (honestly we don't really know what it is) anyway we wanted to spread the love so we posted about some sites we've found that we like, and you were one! Thanks for all the fun ideas!

  2. So glad to see that Sweet Pea is having fun with the flashcards. Darling photos from the upper bunk.

  3. PS - I think those counting dots on the number flash cards are the right size for cheerios, raisins, or other small edibles...

  4. Ha, that is funny. You are not the only one that needs to look between the bed and the wall for stuff. :)

  5. She's a smarty pants - "R" *is* the best letter!
    And why did I never think of making a flashcard bag?? So much cuter than rubber bands :)


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