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DIY french vocabulary cards

We are learning French as a family (in hopes of future travels) and are always looking for ways to expand our vocabulary. This idea came to us when we were combing through home magazines for a collage. Our three year old was saying the names of all the things she was cutting out and we expanded on this by gluing the pictures onto cards and writing the word in French.


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The Lowdown: 
  1. Set out the magazines and have kiddos search out pictures they like.
  2. Cut out the pictures (great cutting practice as these don't need to be perfect)
  3. Glue pictures onto cardstock. I took a piece of 8.5 x 11 white cardstock and cut into fours to make four cards.
  4. Pull up Google Translate or a dictionary. The kids loved the Google Translate lady. Her pronunciation of the French language sounds so fancy. We did this over and over for each word.
  5. Write the word below the picture on the card.
  6. Laminate for durability.
  7. We keep these cards out in a basket near our dining table. We pull them out often at meals for impromptu review. We're in the habit of adding a few new words every other week. It really is fun and we seem to retain the words more because we've chosen them rather than a French textbook or program. Our very own custom vocabulary cards!
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The Flipside: 
  • Do this activity with numbers or letters for early learners.
  • These cards are open to any language including your native language. Just sub in whatever vocabulary you're looking to expand.


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