Flashcards are a wonderful educational tool, both in the classroom and at home. Teachers and homeschool moms alike can use flashcards games to teach kids a variety of important things, such as numbers, words, shapes and more!
5 Games to Play with Flashcards
Rather than simply going through flashcards, make things more exciting by playing flashcard games with your students! When kids are having fun, they don’t even realize how much they’re learning. Here are 5 games you can play with flashcards in your classroom.
Around the World (Group Game)
One great game to play with flashcards is “Around the World.” To play this, have everyone stand together in a circle. Then, choose a pair of students next to each other as the first set. Hold up a flashcard and the student who says the name first moves on to compete against the next person. The goal is to get all the way around the circle and back to the student’s original spot.
Memory Matching (Two-Player Game)
Memory matching games are fun for kids to play and they have the added bonus of helping develop memorization skills. To play memory matching with flash cards, print two copies of each flash card. They should be printed on cardstock or construction paper so that students can’t see the word through the paper. Cut them out so that they’re all the same size and mix them up. Lay them face down in rows in order to begin the game. Students should take turns trying to find a match.
Charades (Group Game)
Charades is a fun game for people of all ages, including school-age kids! To play this game with flashcards, simply show the student a flashcard and have them start acting out what it is. You can divide the other students into teams or they can play individually! The first individual or team that guesses which flashcard is being acted out will receive a point.
Memory List (Small Group Game)
You can use this game to test your student’s memory! Gather the students and arrange them in a line or circle. Show a flashcard to the first student and have them say the word. If you’re working on shapes, for example, the first card could be a square. Then, show the next flashcard to the next student. Instead of simply saying that card only, that student needs to repeat the previous flashcards in order before saying the new one. This word list will build with each student’s turn until they can say all of the flashcards from memory.
Slap (Two-Player Game)
This game is different from a memory match game in that all of the flashcards are laid on the table face up. Then, once you call out a specific word or shape, the two students competing against each other slap the right card. The first student to slap it gets a point! Kids will love playing this active game as they learn using flashcards.