These are a great alternative to those boring flashcards you buy at the store. Scarlet had so much fun making them and now we look at them every day. You could do this with older kiddos for their times tables or anything that needs reciting.
Here’s what you’ll need:
:: pastel chalks (you can buy at any craft store and they’re great to have around)
:: white card stock
:: special pastel eraser (Scarlet liked rubbing with her fingers and it wipes of easily)
1. Take the scissors and cut your 8×10 cardstock into four cards. We folded to one side and then folded each one again and then cut.
2. Use your pastels like crayons and you or your child can color the background first and then add the detail overtop.
3. This is when I gave it to Scarlet to rub. She likes to watch the colors swirl and blend together. She would switch between the eraser and her finger. I think she felt like she had more control with her finger. I helped her a good bit so that it didn’t end up smearing the letter completely away. 🙂
4. After you get the picture exactly the way you want it you can hold it an arms length away from your hairspray and spray. Coat the whole picture evenly and let sit until dry. (if you get it too close your picture will run) This puts a slick surface on the card so that the picture is set and won’t smudge.
Have fun with this! This is a great way to get a little creative and add some color to your teaching. 🙂