Simply click on the thumbnails of the cards throughout this post. When you do, larger, printable versions should pop up. (Since I have not yet had time to figure out how to share documents through any of the free online sharing sites that exist, and do not have a PDF file maker yet, I simply uploaded the cards as images.) Should you want a Publisher version of the cards instead so you can tweak my creation to suit your own child's need, simply leave a comment and your email address and I will get a copy out to you. (Of course, if you do this, I would expect the courtesy of getting copies of your tweaked cards in return!)
Be aware that in the set of cards, there are quick activities kids can do to alert each of their seven senses: auditory (hearing), gustatory (taste), olfactory (smell), tactile (touch), proprioceptive (muscle sense), visual (sight) and vestibular (balance). With just their bodies and some typical items found at home (or prepared ahead of time if at school, camp or other locations), kids can use the cards to key into each of their seven senses, enjoying a few minutes –or as much time as they wish—of simple, fun activities aimed at “speeding up their engines”. Before playing, in deference to your child's individual needs and abilities, as well as to what supplies you may or may not have on hand (think lemons and lemonade!), take a quick flip through the deck to pull out any that might not work for your child.
Board Game Style: Lay the cards out, face down, in a “snake”, board game style. Choose small objects as place markers and grab a coin. Place the markers before the first card in your game board snake. Have the first player flip a coin. Heads= two spaces. Tails =one. Move accordingly. Flip the card over and follow the challenge on it. Play until someone gets to the end of the “snake”. (Of course, you can use dice or a number spinner for this game, too if coins are too small and, thus, a choking hazard, for your child or if finger dexterity does not allow for flipping.)
Pick a Letter, Any Letter: Have your child choose a letter of the alphabet. Then, find the corresponding card. Follow the challenge on it.
Mother, May I?: To help practice the habit of polite questioning and obedience, give each child a set of the cards. Have them pick one and ask, “Mother, may I (do whatever is pictured on the selected card)?” Answer, “Yes, you may,” or “No, you may ot” and have the child respond accordingly.
Can You Think Of...?: For creative kids that have become familiar with the cards, set a challenge: Can you think of another activity you could do that uses this letter?
Three-Part Cards: Although not traditional 3-part./nomenclature cards, I made these cards with the 3-part card style in mind. So, Montessori-inspired folks, feel free to print out two copies of the cards. Leave one whole and cut the other right below the letters. Then, use one as the control set and one as the matching set, having children complete the challenges as they successfully match the cards.
Then later, if you have a moment, stop back by this post to let me know how you and yours enjoyed using the cards. And, please also leave any tips you might have for improving or modifying them. (Since the cards were made in snippets of time between life’s many duties, often with the kids-in-lap, there are likely things that could be improved about them. So, don’t be shy. I value constructive criticism as much as kudos.)