Because we like to travel this sometimes means our oldest, who is in Kindergarten this year, misses school time. I know he’s gaining invaluable experience when we travel but mommy guilt always kicks into high gear about missing valuable classroom learning time. We try to do learning activities with him on the road but sometimes the day slips by and before we know it we’ve tucked him in forgetting about his “homework” for another day.
What isn’t hard to find time for on the road is snacking. Kids are always hungry especially when traveling, so I decided to combine the two and make learning fun and easy with these alphabet print out cards during our travels, as they are a twist on flash cards for our boys. That way the learning is linked to something we can’t forget to do – snack!
I choose to take Goldfish crackers with us EVERYWHERE as they are simple to pack, travel well and my kids LOVE them. With a variety of flavors, we love the new pretzel kind, and even colors I put my creative hat on and came up with alphabet “Fish Cards” for them to play with. Keeping in mind Kindergarten is all about focusing on letters, numbers, colors, counting and basic math skills the the Fish Cards are a perfect addition to our carry on bags for a quick learning break while also creating wonderful memories with my family.
With these cards the boys can build letters, count the number of fish needed for each letter, learn subtraction as they eat their fish and I can ask them to do it in different colors when we have a rainbow pack of Goldfish around. The Fish Cards are the perfect size for traveling and I laminated them they are durable and can be used over and over again at home or on the road.
Since Easter is coming up fast I decided to give the boys a new set of Alphabet for toddlers Printable as part of a non-chocolate Easter basket gift this year. These were so easy to make and I’m excited to see them in action in the near future. Even if you are not traveling these cards are a great way to sneak in some learning while playing with your child.
Instructions for making your own Alphabet letter cards printable:
Supplies: Cardstock, Sharpie or printer, Scissors, Laminate, metal clip or twine and a hole punch.
1- Simply print off the alphabet and numbers on whatever paper you choose, however thicker paper like cardstock works better so they won’t curl when laminated and stay nice and flat. You can print on to white cardstock and have your child colour the letters before you laminate them. If you want to use up scraps of scrapbook cardstock you can write on block letters with a sharpie
2 – Cut out your fish cards to the desired size. Try to keep them uniform for easy stacking.
3 – Laminate your cards. You can do this yourself with sheets you can buy or you can take it to our local office supply store, it cost less than $5/alphabet. Whenever I am making learning materials I always use my Scotch Personal Laminator as it is cost effective and keeps the materials lasting longer. I have used mine for over 8 years making teaching and tutoring materials.
4 – Once I had them all laminated I simply cut them out into nice size squares. You can hole punch the corner to put some string through to keep them all together or you could also use a metal clip making it easier to flip the cards.
5 – Get playing, have fun, and make some smiles!!! Game ideas include:
- Alphabet – Build letters out of fish on the Fish Cards
- Alphabet – Ask your child to identify a certain letter and then build it with fish
- Counting – Count the number of fish it takes for each letter
- Addition – As you add fish to each card discuss the number of fish on the card. Practice addition by adding the number of fish between multiple cards.
- Subtraction – As the fish are eaten, discuss how many are left
- Spelling – Spell out short words using the cards and fish
Because I’m using my fish cards for travel I wanted to keep them small but you can make them any size you choose the bigger the better for smaller hands.
I’m hoping in the future we will be able to use them to start spelling out simple words as well. Travel + learning + Goldfish snacks = SMILES & FUN!
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Goldfish Crackers. All opinions are strictly my own.
97 thoughts on “Fish Cards for Snackable Learning – Free Alphabet Printable Flash Cards”
I want to share with my grandkids because they love goldfish.
My niece because they love them when they sleep over!
With my 2 princesses! I’ve been looking for princess Goldfish everywhere and no such luck finding them. I know my 2 girls would love them!
I would share them with my grandchildren. They love them.
My kids go through these before I can even blink my eyes!! lol
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With my son Cameron because he is a Goldfish eating machine!
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my daughter I would share with. she loves her goldfish and so do I
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My kids and nieces and nephews 😀
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My daughter, she loves them!
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my 6 year old son riley would love this
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Je les partagerai avec ma petite nièce de 4 ans.
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My daughters. They love to make crafts and have snacks. So I’d make the fish craft with them.
I would share my Goldfish Smiles with my mom because she always shares with me.
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My Son! He loves naming them, and making dinosaurs out of them!
with the little and big ones here. thanks
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I’d share them with my kids because them make me smile so much!
My daughter – they’re her favourite road trip snack!
My hubby, we love our snacks
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With children in my daycare because they love goldfish
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Love those fishie crackers.
my daughter 🙂
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I’d share it with my kids because they love goldfish and I love that they’re full of things that I want to feed my kids.
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I want to share with my grandkids. They love them!
My daughter. I cant remember the last time we had a trip to the grocery store without needing to pick up another bag or two of goldfish for her.
Our household loves Goldfish brand snacks!
i would like to share goldfish smiles with my kids because we like to have fun
with my family.
I like it when my family smiles. I will share with them
My strange son doesnt like salty snacks so I would be sharing them with my daughter! She would love them.
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I would share with my niece Chloe <3
With my kids because they love them!
My children love these in their lunches
I would share the goldfish smiles with all 5 of my kids!
Grandsons love goldfish
I’d share these with my husband, because these little guys really do make him smile! Haha.
I’d share with my little cousins because that’s one of their favorite snacks when they’re with me!
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My son:) He loves goldfish!~
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i’d share it with my coworkers since we get hungry easily
My friends 🙂
I want to share them with my kids because we all love Goldfish
My daughter, she is loves Goldfish crackers!
I will share them with Emily
My daughter loves Goldfish. She tells me that the kids in her class always steal eachother’s goldfish crackers! I enjoy them too 🙂
I want to share my Goldfish smiles with my three children because I love them all so much.
I had no idea that Goldfish came in pretzel flavor!!!! I have to find them somewhere!
My girl loves using her Goldfish to count and make smiley faces!
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