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Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 15: Shaped Flash Cards

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 15: Shaped Flash Cards

Flash cards remain one of the best tools for memorizing facts.  By constant repetition and reinforcement flash cards increase the student’s comfort with and familiarity with the material to be learned.

To intrigue a child who is learning to read (or to spell, add & subtract, etc.) make flash cards using large cookie cutters. Flash cards are great for teaching numbers, letters, and arithmetic equations. Having “fun” flash cards can help your kids really want to learn!

Throw a set of flash cards in your child’s back pack or in your purse and anytime the child has “downtime” (while they wait for the bus, on the car trip home, waiting for a table while eating out, etc.) they can pull out these personalized “shaped flash cards” and have fun learning!


  • Unlined index cards
  • Stickers
  • Binder ring, large paperclip, ribbon, etc.

Also needed

  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Glue stick
  • Markers or crayons
  • Large cookie cutters


Photo 1: Assemble materials. Choose your cutters. Use the largest simply shaped cookie cutter that will fit on your index card. Use at least a 4”x6” index card.

Trace the cookie cutter shape to be used on a piece of cardboard to create a template. Cut the template out.

Trace the template on a large unlined index card and cut out cards in a stack of 5 to 10 at a time.

Photo 2:.Once all the cards you need are cut it’s time to write the information to be learned on the cards. For example: Ask a question on one side and give the answer on the other or list a word on the front side and the definition of the word on the back.

Photo 3: Give the kids markers, crayons, stickers, and other art supplies to personalize their art supplies. Color is a great way to enhance the memorization process especially for visual or tactile learners. Consider using a different colored index card for each subject


Photo 4: Punch holes in the left top hand corner of the cards. Attach the cards together with a binder ring, large paper clip, ribbon, elastic, etc.

Tips on Using Flash Cards

  • Include one blank card to record the date, child’s name, subject, etc. pertaining to that set of flash cards.
  • As you study make a small check mark on the right hand corner of the questions, words, etc. you get right. When you have three or four marks on a card you know the information and you can put that card in a separate pile. Study the flash cards until all of them have at least three check marks.
  • Let your children write out the information to be learned on the flash cards. Some people learn better by actually writing out the answers themselves. This is also good penmanship practice.
  • You can customize flash cards to use only the concepts your child is having trouble with.
  • Save the flash cards for the end of the six weeks (semester, year) review.
  • Consider laminating the cards if they will be in use for a long time.


Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

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