Paper index cards are great if you need to preserve the information. But what if you wanted a way to re-use your index cards. You could write or draw something temporarily, erase it, and then use it again.
If you write a lot of index cards, you might wonder if reusable index cards or dry-erase index cards is even a thing.
Why Dry-erase Index Cards?
Here are several benefits of using dry-erase index cards over paper-based index cards:
- reusable is convenient
- reduces waste
- saves you money
- no longer have to buy packs of 3 x 5 cards
- smudge-resistant with wet-erase markers
- quick to wipe off with dry-erase markers
- post-its and sticky notes alternative
Why OUR Reusable Index Cards?
There are already a few good options on the market for reusable index cards. So why are our index cards different and what makes them better?
What they ARE:
- 100% Vinyl plastic
- Waterproof (completely submersible in water)
- Ruled on one side
- Blank on one side
- 3″ x 5″ dimensions
- Very thick (3x more than standard index cards)
- dry-erase marker friendly
- wet-erase marker friendly
- 20 index cards per-pack
- marker wipes off clean
What they ARE NOT:
- paper, paperboard or cardstock
Three Reusable Index Card USES
If you are on this page, you probably already know what you would use reusable index cards for. If not, here are three reusable index card ideas:
1. To-do Lists
Do you write daily to-do lists on index cards or other small sheets of paper? If so, there’s no need to waste paper on physical to-do lists anymore!
All you need to do is buy a pack of reusable index cards and use one dedicated card as your daily to-do list card. Use dry-erase or wet-erase markers.
Here is an example index card to-do list:
When you’ve completed a task, simply erase it (like below), and go onto the next:
This can be your complete to-do list system! It’s simple, and simple is always the best solution. Best of all, your index card is reusable for every day to come.
Reusable index cards are AWESOME for homeschooling. Why? Because children make a lot of mistakes when they’re learning.
- No more scribbling the mistake out with a pen
- No pencil eraser shavings everywhere
- No whiteout needed
With plastic index cards, mistakes are fine and quickly fixable!
Imagine all the things you can teach and practice:
- sounds of letters (two-letter sounds, three-letter sounds)
- early math
- telling time
- sight words
This list could go on and on.
The point is, reusable index cards are great tool for the homeschooling parent because children can practice, make mistakes, quickly erase it, and practice again. It’s also very versatile which allows you to teach a broad range of subjects.
3. Chore Cards
Do you have a system for tasking your children with age-appropriate chores? If so, you might consider using reusable index cards for their tasks.
- One card per child
- Use daily if needed
- Let them know their responsibilities for the day
- Reward system (optional)
- Reuse for the next days
Pretty simple idea. Sure, your children may learn to hate reusable index cards (because no kids like chores) but you may learn to love them.