Life Skills Cards


Help Break Down Functional Skills

Need a way to practice and measure life skills?  This set of life skills cards are an excellent tool to help learners gain important skills.  

This set of 10 pages of Life Skills Cards help break down functional skills and measure them. Some goals such as “improve self help skills” are broad, and often overwhelming. These life skills cards help break a large goal into functional tasks, giving learners a visual reminder of the tasks being practiced, and a way to track them. Learners use a punch, or other tool, to mark each time they have practiced the task.  After the card has been practiced ten times, learners can proudly display their cards on a keychain, refrigerator, or other creative ways to show their skills.


Life skills are important to the independent functioning of an individual. The more independent a learner can be, the less assistance they need from others.  There is a certain amount of pride in being independent, or at least being able to accomplish some tasks on your own. 

Setting goals are important in order to track progress, sort the skills that need to be addressed, and work toward something. This is a growth mindset, open to new experiences and challenges.  Often goals are lofty, too overwhelming, or vague. Improve life skills, be independent with self care skills, manage money, pre-vocational readiness, and demonstrate safety awareness are all good end goals.  

How do your learners get to these end goals?  By breaking them down into manageable tasks, and practicing. These life skills cards have dozens of different options to address several areas of goals including: money management, safety, self help skills, activities of daily living, vocational skills, and life skills.  

Choose one or more cards to work on at a time.  Learners will practice each task ten times, using a hole punch or other marking tool to measure their attempts. Once they have completed the card, learners can display them on a keyring to track their progress.  Cards may need to be completed more than once in order to master a skill, however there are some skills that may be mastered after only ten trials. 

Ways to use and modify these life skills task cards:

  • Laminate the cards for durability
  • Cut them into individual squares or use as a whole tracking sheet
  • Customize your cards using the provided blank pages
  • Sort goals into categories or choose one from each skillset to practice
  • Use a standard hole punch, shaped punch, marker, dry erase pen, items glued onto the cards (sequins, buttons, coins, pompoms, glitter)
  • Put the current cards on a key ring to be carried or hung somewhere prominent as a reminder
  • Finished cards can be displayed on another key ring, the refrigerator, a work folder, or anywhere else of significance
  • Track progress by counting the number of times your learner has practiced a skill, and what level of assistance they continue to need
  • Measure progress in terms of how many verbal prompts and number of physical assists they need to complete the task, rather than min/mod/max
  • Print these onto different colored card stock for sorting, visibility, and to enhance motivation
  • Make larger or smaller depending on the needs of your learner. They can be portable, or made larger for prominent display/reminder
  • Celebrate the big and little victories!