I love file folder games. When I taught preschool, I tried to always have some sort of file folder game available on one of the tables during activity center time. I started homeschooling my son when he turned 3, I pulled out all the ones I had kept and then, made so many more.
Preschool folder games are easy to find, you can find free printable ones and you can also buy books of them. But me, I don't like to buy anything I can make myself. You can also use these as ideas for making ones for the older kids to do. For example, instead of a basic color match, you can turn them into foreign language color cards.
What you need to make your own file folder games are:
- Folders (of course) I use old manila file folders when I can.
- Paper - printer and constriction - I like to glue my game pieces to construction paper for sturdiness and it is easier to cut than folders.
- Glue Stick
- Colors/Markers - If you print them in black and white
- Clear Contact Paper to cover them when you are finished
- Plastic baggies - to keep your pieces in when they are not being used
Here are links to sites that have free printable file folder games.
Preschool Printables - Has several folder games to print out and she sells CD ROMs of her work also.
ABC Teach - Has several free folder games for preschool through early elementary. There are also more available if you become a member of the site.
A Kids Heart - Has a 10 Commandment folder game.
The Homeschool Hutt - Has some generic board games you can print out to use for whatever game you make up.
If you have any questions about how I make or use my games, leave me a question. I will be more than happy to help you out. I store all my games in a plastic file box that looks like a milk crate. I group them by subject/difficulty in hanging files so they are all organized and easily accessible.
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