Ten ideas for using flashcards

Flashcards can be used in many ways to introduce and practise vocabulary, as well as consolidate, recycle and extend children’s language. Here are ten ideas to have up your sleeve!

1 Mime the flashcard

Hold up flashcards in turn and say the names. Children do a mime in response, eg they can pretend to eat a particular food (if you are using food flashcards), imitate a particular animal (animal flashcards) or put on clothes (clothes flashcards). Then do mimes of different flashcards yourself or invite individual or pairs of children to take turns to do this. Children watch and call out the names.

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