25 uses for index cards

I am in love with index cards. Have been for a long time. They are just so, well, handy. There are whole books devoted to using them in your homeschool, but here are a few ideas to get you started.

  1. Flash cards. That’s a no-brainer, right?
  2. Matching games.
  3. Making puzzles.
  4. Making 3-D objects.
  5. writing out lesson plans.
  6. collecting ideas for a paper or a book. they can be shuffled in any order until you are happy
  7. Phonics: putting parts of words on cards to match up together.
  8. Mental math. Put answers on cards and scatter on the floor. Read problem aloud and when they solve it they pounce on the right answer.
  9. Life size board game. Put directions on index cards and create a path through the house. Use big dice and the kids become the playing pieces, following the directions on the cards.
  10. For preschoolers: pictures on the cards help them communicate their feelings. They can point to the face that matches how they feel.
  11. Use them like soccer warnings. They get cards as discipline. Green, then yellow, then red. You can assign discipline as your family sees necessary.
  12. Create a flip book.
  13. Write chores to check off.
  14. Cut a slit in the end and wind stray ribbon on it. The slit holds the end of the ribbon.
  15. Keep a grocery list in your pocket.
  16. Lay several out and draw a road on them. Now your boy has a portable road he can assemble anywhere he goes.
  17. Make bookmarks for a friend.
  18. Recipes. Put one on the quick bread you give to a friend.
  19. punch holes and they become lace up cards.
  20. Keep a card file organized by month. Use it for birthdays, seasonal chores and other monthly duties.
  21. Use them as little canvases for mini fridge art.
  22. Make a countdown calendar. Number and decorate the cards and put them in order. Fold one card to make an easel and lean the cards on it. Each day the kids can move the card to the back and see how many days are left.
  23. Make a speech. Practice it and then give the speech in front of friends and family.
  24. Write or draw your clothes on the cards–Bottoms, tops. Mix and match to create new fashions from your same old clothes.
  25. Write your memory work on the cards so you can put them in your pocket for memory work on the fly.

What’s your idea?

Comments

  1. Oohhh… the life sized game. How fun would that be?

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