Add clip art to your flashcards

Applies to
Microsoft Office Word 2003
Microsoft Word 2002

Learning a new language takes dedication and preparation, but with the right study habits and some help from clip art, you are sure to succeed.

About this project

Using flashcards has always been a great way to study for a vocabulary test, but looking at a stack of cards filled with words can get boring. Adding clip art to your flashcards will provide visual cues to help you memorize. The steps below show you a quick way to prepare flashcards, but there are many other methods for doing this, so try thinking up your own variations.

Get started

Studying for a French test? Flashcards with clip art are the perfect study buddy. Prepare by gathering all of the supplies you'll need — and try to do it before the night of your test. You'll need:

  • Clip art from the Clip Art and Media site on Microsoft Office Online
  • Microsoft Office Word
  • Printer
  • 8.5-by-11-inch paper — a heavier stock works best
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Pen or pencil

Create your flashcards

The following steps demonstrate how to create flashcards for a French vocabulary test on the names of various fruits.

To prepare the Word document

  1. Open a new Word document.
  2. On the File menu, click Page Setup. The Page Setup dialog box opens.
  3. You want to decrease the size of the page margins, so that each page can hold as many cards as possible. On the Margins tab, change the settings for Top, Bottom, Left, and Right to 0.6". (You might need to experiment with the margin settings to find what works on your paper and printer.) Under Orientation, click Landscape, and then click OK.
  4. Back in the Word document, on the Table menu, point to Insert, and then click Table.
  5. In the Insert Table dialog box, select 3 in the Number of rows box, select 2 in the Number of columns box, and then click OK.
  6. Select the table by clicking in it. A small rectangle appears at the lower-right corner of the table. Using your mouse pointer, click and drag from the small rectangle to resize your table so that it fills the page.

Flashcard table in a Word document

To place your clip art on flashcards

  1. Find the clip art you want for your flashcards on the Clip Art and Media site.
  2. Place one piece of clip art in each cell of the table. If you need to resize the image, click and drag from a corner box.

Tip Format the table cell so that the image is centered. To do this, right-click in the cell, point to Cell alignment on the shortcut menu, and then click the appropriate icon.

  1. When the clips are positioned in the table cells the way you want them, save and print your document.
  2. Cut out the cards, using the table gridlines as guides. Use a sharp pair of scissors or a paper cutter.
  3. On the back of each card, write the term that corresponds with the clip art on the front. Use a dark pen or marker, but make sure the ink doesn't bleed through if you are using a lighter weight of paper.

Tip Writing the words by hand helps you to memorize them and can also help jog your memory during the test.

Hands using scisssors to cut out flashcards Hands selecting the strawberry flashcard Hands writing the French word for strawberry

Other flashcard ideas

Here are some more creative ideas that you can use when making your flashcards.

Use an Avery template

If you have more time, try using Avery templates. Avery # 8388 is a template of 3x5 cards that are easy to print on and also perforated so that they're easy to tear apart. Look for them at office supply stores.

Teachers: Use flashcards as a learning tool

Try using flashcards that you create yourself, or make flashcards an art project in your classroom. There are endless possibilities, and students will come up with their own ideas, too.

Students: Make studying fun

You can use flashcards for vocabulary, spelling, math, or science lessons. Think about other ways you can add fun to your studies with clip art.

Applies to:
Word 2003