alphabet flashcards

Oscar is starting to learn his letters ... only I can't take credit for it, because he is learning them from a program called Super Why! on PBS.  In the spirit of back-to-school, and because I'd rather be teaching him the alphabet myself, I made some alphabet flashcards.


I made the cards in Powerpoint using the cutest clip art I could find, and a few simple images I made myself (like the balloon and  kite).
UPDATE:  I don't have a secret source for the clip art - it was all from the basic library that comes with Microsoft Office.  You can also download their clip art for free online.

There are two cards for each letter (I wanted to capture all the long/short, hard/soft letter sounds), so I plan to put the matching letter cards back to back, have them laminated, and loop them on a metal ring.  I think I'll make flashcards for colors and numbers as well.

Get your own free copy HERE.  Enjoy!

166 comments:

Andrea and Casey said...

Oh gracious! These are adorable!! I'm going to make my 2 year old a set. Thank you so much!

Chris said...

These are adorable, Jill! Thank you for sharing, and best luck with helping Oscar learn.

Elizabeth said...

You are so kind to work so hard on these neat things and share them with us!! Thank you!!

adnohr said...

So nice! Thanks for sharing. My 2yo will love these.

Jessica said...

They look great! Thanks for sharing!

Staci said...

These are awesome! Thanks for sharing your talents. I'm excited to use these

Deanna said...

SUPER!! These are GREAT! My 4 & 2 year olds will LOVE these!!! THanks so much!!!

The Cottage Mama said...

My 2-year old LOVES Super Why......I kind of do too :-). Thanks for sharing these cards!!

Lindsay

Anonymous said...

these really are awesome. thanks for sharing.

Janetta said...

Like a bunch of the other commenters, my 2 year old will love these. THANKS!

Blogful said...

my kids love www.starfall.com and I love that it teaches the sound the letters make. Very interactive and fun. You're creativity is endless.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. Love, love the graphics.
Do you mind a suggestion? I hope not, 'cause here goes. When we read X it usually makes a ks sound like in the end of box and fox. X almost never makes the z sound like it does in xylophone, so it helps children learn to read X if you use a word ending in x not beginning in x for your X spot in the alphabet. Fox or box would both be great to replace xylophone.
Hope you didn't mind my soap box, but teaching kids to read is a passion I have.

Emily said...

SO CUTE!! Thank you so much for sharing! My 15 month old will love them!

Tab said...

Thats brilliant! I like that when you make your own cards you can use things your child is familiar with :)

Katrina said...

CUTE cards!

My 3 yr old can recognize and say all of the alphabets in any order and knows all the phonic sounds each letter makes and I can't take the credit b/c he learned it all from watching the LeapFrog: Letter Factory DVD! It's so amazing to watch him do it and he loves it! I have all the LeapFrog DVDs and all my kids enjoy them. I'm hoping the 2 yr old follows in his footsteps.

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Haven'sMama said...

Thank you so much for sharing, I love these!!! Going to make some for my 20 month old. Thanks again!!

Heather said...

Adorable!!! I featured this check it out and grab a button if you'd like!
http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/2010/08/alphabet-flash-cards.html

Katie said...

Wow, that looks like a whole lota work! Thank you for sharing it with us!!

Katie @ www.hipposanddinosaurs.blogspot.com

Charity said...

Thanks so much for sharing the flashcard file - they're great! :o)

Megan said...

Good for you...I totally depend on SuperWhy and Letter Factory for all education of my child. :) These are darling.

Amy said...

sooooo cute! Love how simple and cute they are. We love Super Why at our house, too! My three year old asked for a Super Why birthday party back in May! :)

Amy said...

These are SOOOO cute, Jill! I love that there are even two cards for every letter to get both letter sounds. Thanks so much for sharing your skills!

Mom2TwoWonderfulKids said...

Very cute! My kids love Super Why so much...They absolutely love that dance at the end (after they solve the problem) of the episode!

Jeanette said...

These are darling!!! I can't wait to make a little banner out of them to hang in my classroom!

Thanks for taking the time to do this, and for being generous enough to share!

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

jill, these are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

Kristi said...

These are awesome!! I love the clipart that you found. Thank you so much for sharing!

ificould said...

So cute, thanks for sharing!! I'm linking this post on my blog for others to see. Can't wait to print some for my little guys. Thanks again!

Miss Jenn said...

you are AWESOME!
Thanks!

Micah said...

Wow! Thank you so much for sharing!!!! You put a lot of work into these!! We will use them well!

Angie said...

Jill. I positively love you and your blog. Thank you for sharing these flashcards.. I am printing them out tonight :)

Eva said...

aww cute I love it :) my daughter knows her abcs but I'd still love a copy of this :)

Jessica said...

These flashcards are adorable! You did such a great job. Thanks so much for sharing them with us all. I want my daughter to learn the alphabet too and I think this is a great hands on activity. Thanks for inspiring me! Your amazing!

phalloeun @ growing grandbergs said...

These are great! When my son was 4 he started watching PBS shows and we landed on WordWorld.It quickly became his favorite and within a year, he was able to start reading. We take little credit for it. WordWorld definately lit a fire.

Erica said...

thank you SO much for sharing these! i can't wait to print these out in the morning and make cards for my little guy. major thank you!!

Janel said...

These are so great! Thank-you so much for sharing! You're amazing!

Mother★Lode said...

these are fantastic! and so generous of you to share the download - thank you so much!

Sara said...

Oh, thank you! my daughter has been pointing out letters constantly to me, and I was thinking I should have some flash cards for her. thanks for sharing them with us, they are adorable! great job!!! =)

by night said...

beuatiful work, Jill! Thank you for sharing these!

Alison said...

Thanks Jill! These are fabulous!

What I Did Today said...

Thank you so much! Now I've got some motivation to go replace the printer paper. These are freakin' AWESOME! And so are you for sharing!

Jolene said...

Thanks for sharing, Jill!! :) You're super talented.

nikki said...

perfect--we start preschool this month, too. thank you so much! they are awesome.

Julie said...

These are adorable! Good job!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

kate said...

They are adorable. And I know my little girl will love them. Thanks for sharing.

The Activity Mom said...

those look great! Thanks for the printable!

Melissa said...

Or, these could work great as a fabric book. Just print out on print-on fabric. Then sew together. And voila! There you go. Thanks for sharing. Great idea.

Lisa said...

Thank you! These are adorable!

Sammie said...

These are just too adorable! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!

Mama E said...

Oh my gosh! I love these! They are adorable. Thanks so much; I think my 3yo and 18mo will love them too.

Amanda Joy said...

This is great. This will help reinforce what my kids have already learned. Letter Factory has really helped them. I like the idea of making number flashcards.

B. Fidler said...

These are SO cute! Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to print and laminate these. I'll probably make a few sets to give as gifts as well! Have you thought about doing number cards as well? :)

Tina said...

ADORABLE!! What website(s) do you use to find the clip art?

Kassie said...

Beautiful. I can't wait to get them all ready.

marnae said...

So cute. Thanksfor sharing..I love how you made them gender neutral. my kids will love these

Amy said...

thank you for being so generous in sharing your work--i'm sure it must have taken some time--just know that you'll be helping little ones learn their letters everywhere (and making their mommies' lives a little bit easier too)!

Random Chance said...

I like this idea! I think I will borrow the idea to make my son Preston something similar for Christmas! I used your memory game idea last year and that was a hit!

Sarah said...

Amazing, Jill! Thanks so much for sharing these.

kaheels said...

Wow, thanks Jill. Those are super cute. My son is learning his letters too, thanks to his Tag Jr. Alphabet book. I'll definitely make a set of these for him and maybe one for my nephews.

Jo said...

you rock.

Kate said...

I have been looking for something like these for my daughter and these are perfect! Amazing colors, great job. Thanks!

Maria said...

Thanks so much. They are beautiful. You are becoming quite the designer. Way to go!

Christina said...

Dear, you're the best! Thanks for sharing!

Melanie said...

Wow thank you for sharing these and saving the rest of us from doing all that work!! These will make an easy gift for my neices and nephews!!

That MoM....Those KidS said...

mine is learning the alphabet and numbers-no thanks to me. He has been playing boost on nickjr's website. Of course I don't tell just anyone that info ;) shhhhh.
those cards are super cute!

onemotherslove said...

Those are adorable! Thanks for sharing!!! I think I'll do the same (laminate & ring) before our next road trip!

Sara said...

Those are adorable! Thanks for sharing Jill!

rilojane said...

How fun is *this*?! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

the.mrs said...

SUPER cute Jill! LOVE Super Why, too. And Sid the Science Kid; I swear my kids are smarter than me thanks to PBS.

Mariah said...

Wow, the flashcards are adorable! Thank you so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

There is a free episode of Super Why available on the PBS Kids iTunes page www.itunes.com/pbskids

rkokes said...

my daughter also learned from super why. :)

Ann Petersen said...

Jill, These are too cute. I just printed a copy for my great granddaughters and now have a use for that roll of laminating film I bought for my Cricut. Thanks for sharing, Ann from Arizona

stevenellie said...

Cute cards. I love your blog. Don't feel bad having your son learn his letters from super why. My son who is alamost 5 did and my daughter who is 3 did too. Mommies need to shower too. I did mine during Super Why. No shame here. :)

Jenny said...

We love PBS shows but need to tune in more often to those other than Dinosaur Train and Sesame Street!! The cards are SUPER cute and my little Kole LOVES flash cards!!! Good idea to laminate them ;)

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

Super Why! is such a great show! Thanks for the flash card ideas...love the clip art you found. I'm going to file this away to make for my youngest when she's a little older.

St├ęphanie said...

great idea !! I'll use yours and double them in french !
thanks for your imagination
a french fan

odomamo said...

This just was posted at the perfect time my nephew is turning 1 next week. Along with my crayon roll and hot wheels holder this will be a great addition to his gift.

Thanks so much for all the crafts you do on here. I have found many to make.

Cassie said...

They are darling! Thank you for being so kind to share.

Mandy said...

Thanks so much!!! There's printing right now! Adorable!!

Jo said...

Thanks for sharing! Printed and laminated and two sets ready to go! they look great!

Marisa said...

These are spectacular!!!! Thank you for sharing!

Andrea Sommers said...

Awesome! I blogged about your creativity and shared this with my readers! You're amazing!
A.S. @ http://becausecheaperisbetter.blogspot.com/

sarah said...

amazing! thanks for all your hard work.

please stop by my blog and enter the envirosax giveaway. www.littlecitizensoftheworld.blogspot.com and to see the littles that will put these cards to good use.

Sarah said...

these are awesome!! Thank you!!

Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

These are darling!

Serendipity is Sweet said...

Wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

Cheree said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Super cute! Thank you!!

odomamo said...

I am wondering what size these will print out in? Has anyone printed some yet?

Thanks

Rachael said...

Linked back to this post on my blog. Loved it. Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

Carrie said...

Absolutely adorable!!!

Thanks for sharing!!

Lisbei said...

What a good idea !

Julie said...

I LOVE these - thank you for sharing! I can't wait to make them for my girl.

the speers said...

These are SO cute! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!!!

Melissa Ringstaff said...

Jill, these are so cute! Can I ask where you found the clipart? Love it!! Thanks for sharing!

Melissa

Anonymous said...

Thanks soo much for sharing these. They are great

Lynette said...

These are wonderful. Thank you for sharing your talent so graciously!

Susie said...

We just printed a set out, thanks so much for sharing so generously!
Susie

Deborah said...

THANK YOU so much!!!! I made a ABC Book with them for my little Girl :)
Pictures on my blog!

Cristan said...

Thank you so much for the download!! As a former elementary teacher expecting my first little one, these made me so happy! They are ADORABLE!! Great job and thanks again for sharing! :D

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

Awesome, adorable, and FUN! I linked on my weekly roundup - thanks so much for sharing!

bethanndodd said...

Too cute! Just downloaded mine :o). THANKS so much!!!

Ashley Pichea said...

I did a similar idea for my daughter's second birthday - I used the $1 photo books from Walmart and printed 4x6 photos of each of the cards I created in Publisher. I did it with ABCs, Numbers, and Colors. I think it's time to do some for my son, since his 2nd birthday is just around the corner! :)

Amanda said...

I'll ask what several others have - what is your source for cute clip art?

Thanks!

Love and Lollipops said...

Thank you!! Thank you!! Love it!!

Susan said...

These are wonderful! Very creative! I thought they were so great that I made a post about it and a link on my blog to yours! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

melodygreen said...

So cute! I am going to link from my blog as well. My 4 year old learned SO much from Super Why and Word World -- I love both of those shows.

Whitney & McKayla said...

SO cute!! I'm printing these out tonight and laminating them for my daughter to practice her letters. SO much talent.

Ms. Chan said...

These are so cute! Thank you!

Mokinita said...

Hi Jill,

what a great idea for the kids who are starting to get curious about letter and numbers.
I really loved your idea.
And it's funny, I'm from Portugal and my 2 years and 4 months old son, is also learnig really fast the letters with the same SUPER WHY animated show - I loves it.

Congratulations on your blog, it's great.
All the best,

Monica

Dana said...

SO cute!! Thanks for the idea. I'm making some for my kids. I want to do numbers, colors and shapers, as well.

Aimee said...

Adorable! I'm linking up to this over at my literacy blog. http://www.onthelap.org Stop by sometime and visit.

D-L said...

I love these! I have a question: Where do you print things like this? My color ink jet isn't very good quality and would go through 12 cartridges! Can you take a PDF file to a Kinkos or Staples?

Jill @ homemade by jill said...

D-L - you could definitely take it to kinkos. I've never printed things at staples, but I imagine they do that sort of thing.

Two Dogs and a Quilt said...

Thanks for sharing! I've got a little one and we'll be using these as she grows!

Cassidy said...

Thanks for sharing these!!

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Hi Jill. :) I know this is an old post, but I was wondering if something happened to the file because I can not seem to download it without subing to Scribe. Can you let me know what is happening with that? Thank you! And thanks for the wonderful cards! I can't wait to get and use them with my 3 yr old.

Blessings,

Val

Stacy said...

I am also having problems with the Scribd application and cannot download these super cute flashcards. :( Help!

Kaci Jo said...

Me too, having problems with the scribe.

Anonymous said...

I'm having trouble with Scribd too! Guess I should have printed these off a long time ago...

Elle said...

These are awesome. Thank you so much for sharing.

odomamo said...

I can't print this out anymore either. They want you to pay for a subscription and I don't think it's worth it if only using it for this one item. Are you able to email the file to odomamo1@frontier.com if so thanks

Faye said...

Wonderful idea!

I can't print out from the link, and they ask for payment at the site now. Would you be able to email the file to:
bibay45@aol.com

Thanks :)

Rachel said...

Jill,
Love the alphabet cards. I'd love them emailed to me directly. Is there anyway you can do that?
turner03@gmail.com

Jana said...

If you are emailing them out, I wouldn't mind an email. I also could not download them from scribd. Thanks so much!!! Your talent is amazing!
norman.janabanana@gmail.com

laure said...

Hi - just found this site via google and would love to have the flashcard file emailed if you're doing that.
Your work looks fabulous and very cute!! Thanks.
laureminimail@gmail.com

Heather Dawson said...

The cards are awesome! Great work!! Would you mind emailing them to me, too? heather.dawson@gmail.com. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

so sorry to bother you, but was hoping you could email me the alphabet cards...they are wonderful!

TheCubClubDaycare@gmail.com

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

A google search brought me to your site via the crafty crow - love what I found. You are super generous for offering your flashcards that you put all the effort into, and super smart for including the extras for long/short and hard/soft sounds. Since they are archived by Scribd, I wasn't able to download them, but if you have another download option or you'd send via email, I'd love to use them with my son!
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing these great work, but am having problems downloading, Can you please email it to me at adechong@hellokitty.com

thanks alot.

Nick said...

oh these are gorgeous! My father in law has just given me a laminator too! I'd be so so grateful if you would please email me the pdf too? I know its very cheeky to ask!
jefferiesnick@hotmail.com

Stephanie said...

Amazing!! I love the flashcards and I'd love to print them off, but for some reason Scribd isn't working for me. Is there another way to download them? If possible I'd LOVE some for my daugther. My email is stephaniebeeson(at)hotmail.com! Thanks!

Eva said...

Thanks for sharing! i would appreciate it if you could also email me a copy. eva.crockett@hotmail.com

R and N said...

Hi, I would love a copy of your ABC cards. Could you email it to me. I can't open it. My email is navalonie@hotmail.com
Thank you so much. What a cute idea.

LindaO said...

so sorry to bother you, but was hoping you could email me the alphabet cards. I think they re fabulous!!!


Linda@tkjmail.com

tvachon said...

I hopped over from tip junkie today. Is there another way to download your oh so cute cards? The link does not seem to be working. Thanks for any assistance, or you could email me at tvachon@lycos.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Jill!
I'd love to print these and frame in our playroom, but I can't download the files? They are by far the cutest alpha cards I've seen!
Can you please send me the pdf?
Thanks!
jdchiado@yahoo.com

Rhoda said...

Hi! I would really like to have a copy of the pdf too. Thank you so much! mamuonthego@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I can't get access to them on Scribd because it is an archive. I would love to have a copy of this thanks.
htim17@msn.com Camille

Counterfeit Kit Challenge said...

I would love to have the file of these so I could print them!

grace2-8@hotmail.com

Thanks so much! These are wonderful!

Jessica said...

Like so many people above me I am in love with these cards but cannot download them. If you're sending emails please add me! jeolnick@gmail.com

I have twin two year olds that would just LOVE these!!

Thank you, love your blog too!

. said...

Thanks so much for sharing the cards, I'm also having trouble downloading.

MacMacMoo (at) gmail.com

Bonnie said...

Couldn't download. I would love the pdf emailed to me. Cutest flashcards ever! I'm teaching preschool tomorrow, so I would love to have them today if at all possible. Thanks!!!

momof7bwh@gmail.com

laura said...

I could not download these either, but would love to have a copy for my daughters. What great flashcards, thanks so much! My email is laurahead@gmail.com

Jenny said...

Love these but could not download either. Would you be able to email me the file?

jmojmo24 [at] gmail [dot] com

Thanks so much Jill!!!

Emily said...

Thank you! These are beautiful!

Jenn said...

so cute! Thank you!!!

Melissa Calhoun said...

LOVE EVERYTHING!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Emily Hensley said...

Wonderful job on the flashcards! I have been looking online for some flashcards to print off & these are so colorful and fun!

CrystalB said...

Would you be willing to email me a the powerpoint version? I need to make these smaller, so it would be easier on my end if you could email me a copy! Thanks it would be greatly appreciated!!!
jcbangerter03 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Steph said...

Thank you so much for making these available. I'll be giving them to my daughter for Christmas as she absolutely loves her letters.

Biff said...

Korean children learning their first english will thank you also.

Catherine said...

Wow! Like everyone else, I just want to thank you for sharing these gorgeous cards.

Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks for sharing. It's a lot of work, looking forward to using them with my 18 month old.

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your flash cards, especially how you had the hard/soft vowels! Do you happen to have your original Word file by any chance? I'd love to use your cards, but I'd like to make the letters a little bigger and more pronounced than the pictures... I'd be happy to send back my adjustments if you want... in any case, thanks for posting!

Tiffany B. bendevt@yahoo.com

crystal said...

What font did you use?

Anonymous said...

great to share, just wondering if you would re-post and remove the pdf, so can make some changes, or adjust size. (ie letter o doesn't have long o sound)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. Would you consider not posting pdf, so we can make changes, additions? Letter o needs a long o sound, and I would like to make them a little bigger.

Anonymous said...

These are just wonderful for my grandson. Thank you so much for sharing them with us!

laura said...

These are great! Thanks for sharing them.

51ff8640-c33b-11e2-93c0-000bcdcb8a73 said...

Thank you for sharing your work. The flashcards are super cute, and I can tell you worked hard on them. I noticed that some of the vowels use the long vowel sound, and as a school teacher, we are taught that proper phonetic development begins with short vowel sound exposure. Thanks again for sharing your adorable cards! <3

Puddles & Price said...

These are so fun! Really love the idea :) Thank you for sharing.

Balot said...

Thanks so much for sharing this :D

Anonymous said...

These are adorable. I want to frame them around my nursery as decor right now and then pull them down to actually use them as flashcards when the time comes. Do you know the dimensions of each flashcard once printed?

Lara said...

Thank you Jill. These cards are absolutely beautiful :-)