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How to Make and Use Digital Flash Cards (No Paper, No Printer, No Ink Needed!)

Posted Apr 30 2013 12:01am

This post contains affiliate links. How to Make Digital Flash Cards I recently had an epiphany – you know, the slap-yourself-upside-the-head-why-didn’t-I-think-of-this-sooner kind of epiphany? Yep, that kind. As part of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, I had received quite a few digital educational materials that included flash cards, and was trying to figure out how in the world to print them (our printer situation at the moment is tenuous at best and involves hardwiring a laptop to the internet and then the printer to the laptop… in an electrical closet… ha!) when it dawned on me that there was actually no need whatsoever to print them. 

Say what?

Yup, no need for a printer, no need for paper, no need for ink.

All I had to do was send the flash card .pdfs to my Kindle reading app, and then display them on my tablet. Presto, change-o, DONE! 

Digital Flash Cards

This flash card is from the ABCs for Godly Boys curriculum kit.

  • If you’re crafty and tech-savvy, you can make your own flash cards by using a word processing or publishing software program, and then saving the files in the .pdf format (rather than .doc or .jpg). Mac users can simply save their file as .pdf, while PC users (me!) will have to download some sort of .pdf conversion software like Cute PDF . (Or if you happen to have a graphics designer hubby and have Adobe Acrobat, that’ll work, too.)
  • If you’re not so crafty, you can purchase flash cards made by people who are (nice of them to share with the rest of us, yes?)! The flash cards you see pictured in this post are from the ABCs for Godly Boys (they also have a set for girls), and  Confessions of a Homeschooler’s K4 Curriculum . The Handmade Home (whose eBook, Handmade Walls , is also available in the Homemaking Bundle) has tons of great adorable printable freebies , including the alphabet and numbers. Another great site is Baby Sign Language – they have the perfect size of downloadable flash cards for 600 words in sign language ! Mr Printables also has lots of free flash card printables . Homeschool Creations has a lot of great printable options that would work as flash cards, but I particularly love the Bible verses . What great visuals to help the children memorize! One more resource: a friend recently told me about Little Learning Lovies , a great online store with absolutely adorable educational products, including different kinds of flash cards and posters that would be perfect for our purposes here.
  • Note: The best size for flash cards on a digital device is a full page (letter size, or 8.5×11). In other words, ideally, each individual flash card should take up the equivalent space of one whole 8.5×11 page. If you’re looking for flash cards online, a lot of them are made to save paper and ink, and so 2-4 individual flash cards are placed on each page. I’ve discovered that the larger ones – which work better as digital flash cards – are identified as “letter size”, or are sometimes called “posters” instead of flash cards. 

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blend ladder flash cards

These blend ladder flash cards are from Confessions of a Homeschooler's K4 Curriculum.

There is more than one way to do this.

  • If you have an actual Kindle reader, you can simply transfer the files from your hard drive to your Kindle device via a USB cable. Plug the cable into your computer and into your Kindle and bring up the reader’s file. Bring up the file on your hard drive where your downloads are stored, and drag and drop them into the reader file. Easy peasy!
  • You can also send the .PDF files via email to your Kindle account and they will show up within minutes on your actual device (or app, if you’re not using the Kindle reader). Log in to your Kindle account on Amazon, and click on “Personal Document Settings” from the sidebar on the left. Your settings will show you what your Kindle email address is (it’s usually a variation of your user name with on the end). Simply compose an email and address it to your Kindle address. Attach the .PDF files of your flash cards to the email (I think you’re allowed to send up to 5 files at a time), and hit Send! The files will appear on your Kindle or in your app in just a few minutes (or the next time you sync). There’s no need to type in a subject line or anything in the message area; just be sure you add the attachments and that’s all you need. This option is perfect for those who don’t have an actual reader, but instead use the Kindle Reader App on a different digital device.
Skip Counting Flash Cards

These flash cards are from Confessions of a Homeschooler's K4 Curriculum.

This is the easy part! Once you’ve uploaded the flash cards to your Kindle account, simply open up your Kindle or your Kindle app. Download the file onto your device and you’ll see the images appear! Swipe the pages to “flip” through the flash cards just as if you were holding them. The great thing is, you can use the cards vertically or horizontally, depending on what works best for the design.

Flash cards will work best on the following types of devices (as long as it has the Kindle Reader App ):

  • Kindle Fire
  • iPad
  • Tablet (any kind)
  • Smart Phone (ideally one with a large screen like the Samsung Galaxy)

I don’t recommend a regular Kindle for this purpose because it’s black and white and would be difficult to utilize as a visual aid. I also don’t think a Nook reader would work because as far as I understand, you can’t download .PDF files to Nooks (but I don’t actually have a Nook so I could be wrong about that).

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