My daughter has really been into identifying animals for awhile now but I didn’t have anything to extend her learning. I searched everywhere for simple language cards that would match the Holztiger wooden animals that she already has and couldn’t find any. And when I run into such a dilemma… I always figure out how I can make it myself! 🙂
WHY LANGUAGE CARDS
Language cards at the core are simple but offer opportunities for classification, identification and vocabulary development.
In a Montessori environment for young toddlers you ideally would want to have picture cards with no words as well as matching animals that are as realistic looking as possible. For us however, we already own a lot of Holztiger wooden figures so rather then buying something new like these Schleich or Toob animals (which are great Montessori friendly options) we work with what we have.
Since I couldn’t find any free cards that had only the animals I needed, I decided to create my own cards using google images + illustrator.
After I created the file, I took it to my nearest office supply store and first had the pages printed out on the thickest card stock I could find. I then cut out the cards and had them laminated. I did this so they would be more durable but you could also chose to print them at home as well.
- Bring in your own card stock (you save about 10 cents a page)
- Do self print rather then having them print it for you (you save another 10 cents per page)
- Laminate is charged by the 8×11 sheet so cut your cards small enough that you can fit 6 cards on each page.
HOW TO PRESENT THE MATERIAL
How you present the cards is just as important as the activity itself. Toddlers are in a sensitive period for order which means that toddlers have an inner need for consistency and routine. They crave material that is visually appealing and organized. I chose to display the animals on the left in our small Bolga Basket and the language cards on a tray to the right. This makes it very easy for E to retrieve and replace independently once she is done using them.
HOW TO USE THE CARDS
These cards are incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.
Here my daughter is using the language cards for object to picture matching. Another option would be printing out two sets of the cards and doing a picture to picture matching activity. You could also print out two sets and play a game of memory.
Because you might want to use these cards in different ways, I created multiple files.
One file has the picture only.
The second file has the word below the picture.
I plan on making more sets of these in the coming months. Any sets you would be interested in? Let me know in the comments below!
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