Materials Flash Cards

material flash cards

Lately my son is asking lots of questions about what different things are made of, how they are made, and about their properties.  Really!  I know, definitely a future engineer!  I love these question and want to encourage his interest.  So today I am sharing some flash-cards I made that you can use in a bunch of different ways.

Click on this link to print the PFD version on card-stock: material flash cards

Here are a few ideas of ways to use the cards…

  1. You can use them for simple introduction and open-ended discussion about materials and their properties.
  2. You can make a game out of identifying things around you home made out of the different materials and why.
  3. You can name an item and ask your child to identify the material it’s made of.
  4. You can have your child design something on paper (like a bridge, boat, house, building, toy, etc.) and specify materials and reasons for their choices.

Please share your ideas for how to use these cards!



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  1. These are a great idea. My 3 year old boy is always asking what different things are made from and is excited to tell me that he knows what’s made of what.
    We’re now getting in to the nitty gritty of where those things come from too. eg. ‘but mum what’s plastic made from?’…. Thanks for these cards, I’ll be printing them out.
    We have an engineer grandfather so maybe it is genetic!

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