My girls are in second grade, and have started learning their multiplication tables. The only way to really learn them inside and out is repetition....and A LOT of it. I really wanted to come up with a way to help them practice through the school year, and into the summer, preparing them for third grade next year. I love flashcards, but the paper ones never seem to last long at our house. I don't know if you can relate, but it seems like some of them get bent, torn, or lost. A younger sibling may get a hold of them, and well, that's the end of the flashcards. So...I used some extra canning lids I had sitting around, and created my own durable and adorable Canning Lid Flashcards!
I love that they can stack on top of each other for easy storage, and they will definitely last longer than any paper flashcards I could buy. It was SO easy to do--just took about 10 minutes to out together, and another hour for the mod podge to dry. I made two sets of each number, and +, -, x, and = signs. They can be used for all of their multiplication tables, plus I can use them for addition and subtraction with my girls, and my little boys.
I also want to make an alphabet set for my 4 year old boys--with uppercase and lowercase letters, and even enough to make some short words. I may even add magnet strips to the back to use on a cookie sheet or magnet board--which would also work well in the car or at home!
They are also cost effective. A pack of flashcards is usually at least $2, if not $3 or more. I already had the canning lids (and if you don't have any, I would definitely ask around--I'm sure someone has some sitting around!), and I used 2 sheets of paper, plus a little mod podge. We're talking cheap! Here's how I did it...
-canning lids (Ball® Regular Mouth 12 Lids (by Jarden Home Brands))
(I used 24 for this project)
-2 sheets of scrapbook paper or cardstock
-2 inch circle punch, OR scissors and 2 inch round glass
-mod podge and foam brush
1. Print numbers on cardstock or a scrapbook paper that's not too dark or has too much of a pattern (so you can see the numbers.) I've included my file as a download at the end of the post if you would like to use it!
2. Use a circle punch to cut out the numbers, or you can trace around the numbers with a glass and cut them out with scissors. I have to say, I use my 2 inch circle punch ALL THE TIME--you may want to consider it as an investment for your craft supplies.
3. Using a foam brush, mod podge the circles on to the canning lids. I put a little mod podge on the lid first, lay the circle down, then add a thin coat on top. Let dry completely.
That's it! SO SO easy, and cute too. ☺