Making your own Flash Cards

Nowadays, it is easy to get your hands on flash cards.  Almost all book stores sells them.

Make your own Flashcards

However, they come in limited topics and if you intend to use it for Shichida or Glen Doman methods, you will find that most of the off-the-shelf flash cards out there don’t meet their criteria.  One solution is to make your own cards.  Doing so will also give you more control of the content and size of your card and help cut the cost at the same time.

So, what are some of the things to note before you start to make the cards?

Paper Weight

Strictly speaking, the whole purpose of making flash cards is to be able to show them to the kid you are flashing to, so any paper of sufficient size will do.

However, if you want your effort to last for some time and a normal piece of paper (less than 100 GSM) will not last very long or hold up well as you flash the cards.

So, what is GSM and what is the ideal GSM to flash?  GSM or grams per square metre, basically refers to the weight of the paper.  A normal A4 paper you use for printing is about 80 GSM, a piece of drawing board paper is about 135 Gsm.  A typical name card is about 250 GSM.  Some reputable training schools with their own products uses about 300 to 350 GSM for their flash cards so that the cards can last even with regular use.

So what weight of the paper is ideal?  A lot depends on your preference and how often you you will be using it as well as how you create your cards.  Some parents prefer to print or write directly on the cards but if you are printing on a piece of paper and pasting it on the card, then you need to take the weight of the paper you are pasting into consideration.  I find 250 GSM an ideal weight as I paste the content over it- so my card  + the paper is really about 330 GSM.  Some parents may find less weight sufficient.  But if you want to flash at 1 sec and below using the Shichida method though, a optimal weight is between 250 to 350 gsm.

Paper Size

What is the size of paper you should use?  If you do not intend to follow any of the methods mentioned in Flash Cards Part 01, then any size goes.  Many commercially available cards comes in A5 or B7 sizes in standard themes such as animals, fruits and vegetables and alphabets.

If you want to use the flash cards for Schichida or Glenn Doman methods, here are some of the recommended sizes:

  • Schichida method – A5 or  A4 cards
  • Glen Doman word cards – “6” x 22 “
  • Glen Doman Bit (Bits of Intelligience) Cards – 11″ x 11″
  • Glen Doman Math – Zero Step :15″x15″  , Numeral Recognition: 11″ x 11″ , Equation with numbers: 18″ x4 “

Ideas for content to put in Flash Cards

  • Words – English words, Chinese words, or other languages
  • Maths – Dots & Numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, subtraction
  • Colours and Concepts e.g. left right , top and bottom, inside, outside
  • Names of things :Transport, Flags Maps, birds, animals, works of art, famous people
  • Sentence/Nursery Rythms/Song

Where you can get images for cards

Public Domain Images

Places to get Free Flash Cards

Happy flashing!

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3 comments on Making your own Flash Cards

  1. / Reply

    There is a simple free service which allow to make flash cards by your images: It also contains prepared collections of cards to watch and download.

  2. / Reply

    This is a great idea! I wish I had thought of this when my niece and nephew were young. We used flash cards all the time, but they fell apart over time. 🙂

    • learningmum
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      I am glad you like the idea, Andrea. It helps to put the cards behind plastic wraps or use ticker paper…

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