Hello everyone! It’s Jennifer again, and this month I’ll be featuring fun things for the kiddos featuring Popfizzpaper stickers! Today, I’m going to be making a flashcard deck for learning states and capitals. This is a great project to help entertain your kids during road trips, learn new fun facts, or just to brush up on their geography over summer break!
- Index cards, blank Project Life cards, or cardstock
- Popfizzpaper state stickers
- Hole punch
- Binder ring
- Popfizzpaper Team USA deco sheet
- Laminator (optional)
- Corner rounder (optional)
- List of states and capitals
Even though this project seems pretty self-explanatory, I’ve figured out that the easiest way to do this project is pretty much the exact opposite way that I started out making these flash cards. This method results in a much less likely chance to have a Pennsylvania card with an extra hole punched in it, or a Mississippi card with white out on it because you were a little too generous with your “i”s and “s”s.
You’re going to want to start out with a stack of 52 cards. I trimmed blank index cards down to 3-inch squares and rounded the corners because I thought it would help with the durability. Who am I kidding? I just love using my corner rounder.
Start with punching a hole in the top left of one of the cards. Use the card you just punched as a template to punch the next card so they’re relatively in the same spot.
After you’ve punched all your cards, flip the stack over so the punched hole is at the top right and go through your list of states and capitals and carefully hand write a state name and capital on each card, or even some fun facts about that state. Make sure you keep your handwriting simple throughout the project because you want to make sure your kids are focused on learning those states, not trying to read your awesome brush script.
The two left over cards are going to serve as your front and back covers for the finished flash card deck. I decorated my front cover with one of the USA stickers from the Team USA Deco sheet. I laminated the front and back covers for extra durability.
Now break out that state sticker sheet! Go through your stack of cards and match them up and place the state sticker on the blank side of each card. Ten points to Gryffindor for remembering which is New Hampshire and which is Vermont without looking at a map!
Finally, take your stack of flash cards and put the binder ring on. I love using these for flash cards! It makes the deck much more portable - and if you suspect that Little Timmy has memorized the order of the cards rather than actually learning the states, simply remove the ring, shuffle, and make it a little more challenging for him!
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