Paint Chip Cards for the Word Wall

Ok, so it's uber important to back your word wall words with color - especially those easily confused words. Placing my word wall words on colored backgrounds really helps my kids internalize those words. It helps give kids a mental image of each word. 

My kinders are so good at this they can tell you what color a word wall word is without looking (and of course they are super proud of that ability). The reason they can tell you the color.....and the reason that is awesome is because they are seeing that word in their mind's eye. They not only remember that color, but the other features of that particular word. The color is a hook in their mind to hang that word --making kids less likely to forget it!

Now, on to the point of this post....... For years I've used construction paper and/or colored copy paper to back my words. The colors are good, but throughout the year, the colors begin to fade and just look yucky!! So, each year I am making new word wall word cards for my word wall. Well.... this just gets plain OLD!!!

I've seen tons of great ideas on Pinterest about how to use the paint chip cards for various things. This got me thinking..... Can I use paint chip cards to back my words????

So....I gave it a try..............AND ............IT works beautifully!!! Woo-hoo!! I love when something free works out the way I intend!!

I chose particularly bright cards (2-3 of each color). Any word that begins with the same letter must be a different color.... And, words that are easily confused must be backed with a different color ("am" and "me")......

I hope you like this tip! I am so proud of my new word wall word cards!! maybe I won't have to redo them again next year....:0)


  1. Do you color code them in any particular way?


  2. Mine are all different colors too. I so agree that it's so important! Glad to hear your paint chip cards worked out well.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. What is the size of the paint chip cards? I can only picture the tiny ones. Are there larger ones out there? Where do you pick them up? I just love this idea, and my word wall words are so faded. Need to redo them all.

    First Impressions

  4. Love this idea! My words are mounted on color too. It makes it so much easier when the kids are trying to find a word on the word wall. :)


    WILD About First Grade!

  5. What a great idea! I already colored my words but they fade and are not very strong! I will be making a trip to the hardware store soon!

    P.S. I'm your newest follower :)
    Mrs. Hoffer’s Spot

  6. I got my paint cards at Walmart - they are larger.....not quiet 4x6, but pretty close.

  7. Kaci - that is the same reason why I had to find something that would work.....I hated using construction paper because it would fade and had to be re-done each year. These are so sturdy and bright!!

  8. What a great blog!I love this blog and it's content!!!

  9. This is such a cute idea! I saw you on Pinterest too! :)


  10. I love the idea of using paint chips. I'm your newest follower.

  11. What a cute and colorful way to do it. I'm your newest follower.

  12. I absolutely love your idea! I will definitely be using this

  13. Love the paint chips! So colorful! Found you via the WW Linky.


  14. What size and type of font do you use on the cards?

    THANKS! : ) Tiffany