Arts and craft need not be just be for fun. It can be quite the educational experience too. Today, we show you how to combine the 2 seemingly exclusive elements into one fun #LolliBoxCraftyThursday craft! Let’s make some Animals Flashcards (with bottle caps!) Yes, the name is quite a mouthful but rest assured that that is the hardest part of the craft – voicing it out.
Flash cards are known to be very helpful learning aids for kids and adults. In today’s craftwork, we will be making pictorial-word flashcards. This will serve to help strengthen your child’s picture and word association for the topic at hand. We have included some learning tips in this article in which we show you some ways in which you can make it educational for your child even during the crafting process! These tips will be labelled with an * so do keep a lookout for them! 🙂
Lets get to it then! .
WHAT YOU NEED:
Step 1: Making the cards
With an A4 construction paper, fold it into half breadth-wise so that it ends up looking like the above.
Cut along the fold. Fold the into half, length-wise this time. Repeat folding so that you get 4 small rectangles.
Repeat these steps to get different coloured cards.
Step 2: Making your Bottle Cap Animals
There is an endless number of animals that you can choose to do. Use your imagination and seek and discuss with your child to see which animals he would like to see get crafted! For me, I am going to start with a fish.
Using a bottle cap, drop 2 lines and thicken it as shown in the image above. Follow up by adding a little fin – draw the shape on construction paper before cutting it out and glueing it onto the fish bottle cap. Finish off with googly eyes (DON’T FRET if you do not have a googly eyes! You can just draw it in with a black marker instead)
*LEARNING TIP: If like me, you chose to start with a fish, you can incorporate starting questions like “does fishes have noses?” before developing the conversation and ending off by teaching your child that fishes, unlike humans, breathe with gills! Let the questions develop on its own and try not to force your child for an answer as this is a fun activity and NOT AN EXAM! 🙂
Step 3: Making a FISH Flash Card
First, you will want to write the word on one side of the card as shown above. On the other side, glue down the rims of the bottle caps.
*Learning Tip: Depending on your child’s educational level, you can get them to spell it out for you or even write the name themselves instead.
Attach a tail and draw some air bubbles and you have now your very first Animal Flash Card!
Step 4: Making a Rabbit flash card
Likewise, write the name of the next animal that you would like to create.
Draw the animals face on the bottle cap.
Attach the bottle cap onto the card. For bunny, cut out fluffy ears and attach some cotton for its cutesy tail.
And there you have it! The bunny flashcard!
How to use these flashcards:
With the picture part of the card facing your child, you can ask him/her to identify the animal. Asking him/her to spell the name is also another way of developing this aid to accommodate their educational levels.
Leave these cards out even as you aren’t there to play with your child as he/she can take the time alone to familiarize the names and the image representation of the animals.
Taking it one step further:
There are countless ways to develop this educational aid. We have listed some additional developments below:
1) You can write collective nouns of the animals instead of the name. For example, instead of “fish”, you can write “a school of fish”
2) You can write the gender names of the animals. For example, you can write “rooster” and “hen” in place of “chicken”
3) You can write the sounds they make. For example, in place of “cow”, you can write “moo”.
From bunnies to spiders, the possibilities are endless and we hope you will thoroughly explore the ways to create and fully utilize these flashcards!
If you can think of other ways to take it one step further, share with your fellow readers by commenting below or on our FB page.
Lets all take the chance to learn from one another!
Hope you enjoyed this week’s #LolliBoxCraftyThursday!
Till next time,