How to Create Flashcards for Kids

Instructor: Nicky Davis
Flashcards are a great way to work on memorization and to study for tests and quizzes. Keep reading to learn how to make your own flashcards for a variety of subjects.

Making Flashcards for Kids

Depending on the subject, there are different types of flashcards you can create to help kids study. Below is a list of required materials, followed by several examples of easy-to-make flashcards to help kids with math, language arts, history and more.


  • Index cards, or card stock
  • Markers
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Computer and printer (optional)
  • Tape (optional)

Picture Flash Cards

For young kids, picture flashcards are a great tool for memorization and learning new words. To make picture flashcards, simply draw an image of the word on one side of the card, and write the word on the other.

  • Picture flashcards can also be a great method of teaching the alphabet or learning colors.
    • For alphabet cards, draw an image of something beginning with each letter of the alphabet, and then write the letter on the other side.
    • For color cards, simply color a swath of a shade on one side of the card, and write the name of the color on the other.
  • If you don't want to draw, you can always opt to print out images and tape them to the cards instead. Similarly, you can choose to type and print the words out as well.

Math Flashcards

Equation flashcards can be helpful for practicing basic arithmetic. For these cards, write the equation on one side of the card, and the equation with its solution on the other. For example, the front of the card might say '2+2=?' and the back would say '2+2=4'.

  • To enhance these flashcards, you can include ways to work through the equation on the back. This can help students not only memorize but also understand each problem. For example, on the 2+2 flashcard, you might include pictures illustrating 2+2, so that the student can use counting skills to find the answer.

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Fact Cards

Fact cards are incredibly helpful tools for studying history or science. To create fact cards, you'll want to ask a specific question on one side of the card, and then give the short answer on the other.

  • To enhance your fact cards, include tricks for remembering the answer on the back, or extra contextual information to help students re-learn the correct answer.

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Vocab Cards

Not dissimilar to fact cards for history, these cards will have the vocabulary word on the front, and the definition on the back. But they can be used either way! Give the student the definition, and have them come up with the word, or give them the word and have them give you the definition.

  • To enhance these cards, on the side with the word, include a sentence that uses the word. This will help students use context to understand vocabulary.

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More Teaching Resources

While flashcards are a great tool for helping kids study, there are a number of other strategies that can be used in the classroom. Check out this chapter on instructional pedagogy for lessons on how to teach math facts to kids and how to teach new vocabulary. You can also find ideas for activities, games and other study methods.

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