Anyone can make picture cards. All you need is a word processing or presentation program, the Internet, and a printer.
First, make a list of picture cards needed for clients/loved ones. Then, search online for images that best represent those activities or items. Cut and paste those images into a presentation program (e.g., Microsoft Power Point), resize the images when needed, and then send off to the printer.
Some people use word processing programs (e.g., Microsoft Word), but I prefer presentation programs because of their ease in formatting.
Step 1: Open Presentation Software (Power Point), Edit Page Size, Insert Card Boundaries
Select File >> Page Set Up
Change Width to 8.5 inches
Change Height to 11 inches
**Note: If a pop-up states that your “page size exceeds the printable area” click either “OK” or “Fix”.
Step 2: Draw lines
Center top to bottom
Center side to side
Google an activity
Step 4: Select Image and Save In Files
Drag your image from the Internet to your desktop
From there, drag your image to your personal storage folder
Step 5: Insert Image In Presentation Software (Power-Point)
- Drag the image from the file folder to the Presentation Software (Power-Point)
Step 6: ResizeImage In Presentation Software
- Resize the image to a quarter of the page
- Grab a corner and pul in desired directions
Step 7: Add Text
Insert >> Text box
Step 9: Laminate, Cut into Cards or Punch Holes and Keep In Binder
If you would like to buy picture communication cards for older adults, visit one of these sites:
Download a PDF version of these instructions.
Download a power-point template.