Making your own Picture Cards is very simple.
Access to the Internet, Printer, Card, Laminator, Velcro
- There are many free images available on the internet, search for “free pecs images”.
- Choose an image as clear and simple as possible.
- You can also take a photo for the card, if using a photo keep it as simple as possible with the background blank and only one object in the photo. Some children have difficulties generalizing so try not to include details such as the name of a book or labels on food or drinks etc.
- Using Word insert a text box, type the name of the item/activity in the text box, I prefer to place it at the top and middle of the text box and I use Calibri size 14 font. Including the text word with the image ensures that all using the card are using the same vocabulary.
- Insert your image, this can be in color or black and white but try to be consistent across the images.
- Resize your text box, I have found that sizing the picture to 2 inches by 2 inches works very well.
- You can fit up to 9 images onto your page.
- Save the images so you can reprint at a later date if required.
- It is a good idea to make a few duplicates of each image in case one gets lost. And if using the image in different places make sure you use the same image each time.
- Print onto the card.
- Laminate and cut out individual pictures.
- Place a small piece of Velcro on the back of each picture.
- Store pictures safely.
- Place the rough or “hook” side of the Velcro onto the Board because it gets most use and is easier to clean with a dry toothbrush.