Flash cards are a beneficial teaching aid. You can use them to help students learn the alphabet or the periodic table. You do not have to spend a lot of money on commercial flash cards when you have access to Microsoft Word. You can make flash cards for any subject using Word's label feature, a printer and some card stock or other sturdy paper.
Open a new, blank Word document. In Word 2003, go to the "Tools" menu, point to "Letters and Mailings" and select "Envelopes and Labels. In Word 2007 or 2010, go to the "Mailings" tab and click on "Labels." The "Envelopes and Labels" dialogue box will open.
Make sure you are on the "Labels" tab of the dialogue box. Click the "Options" button to open "Label Options." Select "Avery Standard" or "Avery US Letter" in the "Label Vendors" list. Select "3263 Postcards" in the "Product Number" list. Click "OK."
Click the "New Document" button. A new document will open with four "flash cards" per page. Click the "Save" button and name the document "Flash Cards."
Insert pictures or text into each of the boxes on the page. To make several pages, simply press the "Tab" key when you get to the end of a page. Save the document as "Flash Cards Side One." Print the pages onto card stock or heavy paper.
Open the "Flash Cards" document. Insert pictures or text that correspond with the same box in the "Flash Cards Side One" document. Save this document as "Flash Cards Side Two."
Place the card stock or paper back into the printer. Refer to your printer's manual or "Help" menu to determine which way to insert the paper so that you will be printing on the backs of the flash cards.
Print "Flash Cards Side Two" onto the backs of "Flash Cards Side One." Cut the flash cards apart using scissors or a paper cutter.
Things you need
- Microsoft Word 2003, 2007 or 2010
- Card stock or heavy printer paper
- Scissors or paper cutter