Monday, June 24, 2013

Making Matching Cards from Dollar Store Flashcards

Using dollar store flashcards is an easy way to make a set of matching cards.   You need to have two sets of flashcards.  At left in the picture below is the flashcard set I used, along with a set of blank jumbo playing cards, on the right.  Because these flashcards have occupations on both sides, I needed to glue them onto the blank cards (for matching cards, there needs to be nothing on one side or the same design on all the cards on one side).

Because I wanted to make Spanish practice cards (for occupations), I cut off the words at the bottom that named the job and told about it.

Then the pictures were glued onto the blank cards.

I always like to laminate matching cards, because we use them a lot, and when the backs get dirty, it's harder to use them to play matching card games (!); so I had these cards laminated, and then cut them apart, keeping the rounded corner appearance.

We have made several different sets of Spanish vocabulary card games, from different flashcard sets-- it usually involves gluing onto blank cards (because it is rare to find flashcards that only have pictures on one side); this takes time to do, but the finished result is very nice, and when laminated they will last a LONG time!


  1. What a great, inexpensive idea for learning Spanish!

  2. We love doing matching card games-- for Spanish it's a good way to learn new vocabulary as well as to review things. Each time a card is turned up, the player says the word-- so there is a lot of repetition of words being said :)

  3. Great idea - perfect for language study!

  4. Yes, it works really well; we have the games in a box, and can just pick one out when we're doing Spanish (usually at the end of a lesson).