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Just for Kids Elementary Photo Cards
Ages: 4-12   Grades: PreK-7         

The 360 high-quality photo cards with stimulus questions on the back have countless language therapy uses!  The large-size photos include stand-alone scenes, three-card sequence scenes, single pictured objects and two pictured objects.    


  • Expand vocabulary
  • Develop sequencing, descriptive language, and storytelling skills
  • Improve problem solving and reasoning
  • Make accurate inferences and predictions
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Realistic photos show hundreds of contemporary and familiar objects in clear, uncluttered images.  Photographed scenes show children engaged in everyday activities.  The back of each card is packed with stimulus items and answers, giving you multiple therapy options in one convenient product.

Use the cards to:

  • expand vocabulary
  • develop sequencing skills 
  • teach concepts
  • strengthen conversational skills
  • develop logical thinking and reasoning
  • develop expressive language

The 360 cards are divided into three sections:

  • Scenes: Stand-alone and three-card sequences are depicted in the themes of school, home, and self-care.  Stimuli are provided for making inferences and predictions, narrative language, reasoning, and sequencing skills.
  • One Pictured Object: Teach categories, functions, attributes, associations, and problem solving/safety.  Categories include food, tools, appliances, electronics, household items, school items, musical instruments, personal care items, recreational items, toys, and more.
  • Two Pictured Objects: Focus on key characteristics and explain how two objects are alike and different.

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360 5" x 7" double-sided, coated picture/stimuli cards; 4 instruction cards
  • Children with specific language impairment (SLI) were slower to name both objects and verbs than their age matched peers, but similarly to vocabulary matched peers.  Children with SLI need intervention that addresses naming, narration, and semantic connections in order to function in the classroom with neurotypical peers (Sheng & McGregor, 2010).
  • Language building activities are vital for children in preschool and elementary school.  Children who are poor language learners will most likely become struggling readers (Catt et al., 2008).
  • Children with language disorders often struggle with expository text and produce shorter and grammatically simpler sentences (Nippold, Mansfield, & Billow, 2007).
  • Effective vocabulary instruction strategies actively engage the student and require higher-level cognitive processing.  These strategies include using new words in novel sentences based on connections to prior knowledge, identifying synonyms and antonyms, and analyzing word features (Kester-Phillips, Foote, & Harper, 2008).
  • Narrative development in young children is supported by visual sequences of everyday and academic routines, along with opportunities for children to express personal narratives with scaffolding support from teachers and family members (Stadler & Ward, 2005).

Just for Kids Elementary Photo Cards incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.


Catts, H.W., Bridges, M., Little, T., & Tomblin, J.B. (2008). Reading achievement growth in children with language impairments. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 51, 1569-1579.

Kester-Phillips, D.C., Foote, C.J., & Harper, L.J. (2008). Strategies for effective vocabulary instruction. Reading Improvement, 45(2), 62-68.

Nippold, M.A., Mansfield, T.C., & Billow, J.L. (2007). Peer conflict explanations in children, adolescents, and adults: Examining the development of complex syntax. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16, 179-188.




Just for Kids Elementary Photo Cards feature 360 pictures of familiar scenes and objects from home and school to address a wide range of language skills.  Whether you are working with students individually or in groups, these photographs and stimulus items allow you to create flexible therapy sessions that meet your students' goals.

Photo Cards: Scenes
The scenes consist of simple three-step sequences (e.g., boy getting soap, lathering soap on hands, drying hands) and stand-alone scenes (e.g., students waving to one another).  The scenes present routine activities your students will easily relate to, such as reading a bedtime story, making a sandwich, and taking a test.  Using pictures of everyday scenes allows students to activate their own knowledge of engaging in the same activities.  This familiarity not only reduces students' apprehension of talking about what is happening in the pictures, but it motivates students to share their own experiences in similar situations.  Stimulating spontaneous conversation provides opportunities to practice a variety of language skills.  The card backs include stimulus items for making inferences, narration, predicting, reasoning, and sequencing.  Work on as many or as few of these skills as needed to meet your therapy goals, or create your own questions.

Photo Cards: Objects
The object pictures encompass categories such as food, school items, clothes, appliances, electronics, and musical instruments.  These cards provide excellent visuals for helping students improve their basic vocabulary knowledge.  Stimulus items ask students to make associations between words, describe attributes, and compare and contrast two words.  The more ways you can help students reason and talk about words, the better their working vocabulary will become.  Focusing on vocabulary in this way is especially helpful for children who have word retrieval deficits or difficulty with verbal reasoning.

You can use the object cards in a variety of ways, depending on a student's skill level.  For example, show two picture cards to a student just starting to work on attributes, and ask her to choose one that has a given attribute (e.g., red, round, soft).  For a more advanced student, ask her to pick a card and identify multiple attributes.  More advanced students can also pick cards and ask each other questions about an object (e.g., Can you plug it in/throw it/wear it?, Is it made of wood/plastic/rubber?) until they guess the object.

Just for Kids Elementary Photo Cards is a great resource that children will find interesting and you will find versatile.  When addressing language skills, there is no substitute for effective visual aids to supplement instruction.