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November 4th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Keeping Kids Occupied with File Folder Games

file-folder-gamesEver been waiting in the doctor’s office and wishing that you had a quiet toy or activity for your child to play with. A lot of us resort to our smartphone, but that isn’t always an option. File folder games can be played quietly and are a fun way to introduce educational activities. You can make these your own by coloring, laminating, and using magnets, velcro or anything you have to make the pieces stick. They are great to use on road trips, while waiting in the doctor’s offices, in church, and they easily fit on a shelf.

Grab a box of file folders to get started! You just need to find a fun printable and assemble. Make each game to your child’s personality. If they like trucks, make a game of counting trucks, another with names of trucks and the alphabet, and another with matching colors of trucks. These are great games to keep your child occupied without them even knowing they are learning.

In my picture, I made a matching file folder game. I used leftover valentine cards and glued them to the file folder. I laminated both the folder and the individual matching cards. The cards are stored in a pocket on the front of the file folder. It provides loads of fun, especially because it has some of the kids’ favorite characters.

There is a great tutorial on how to make them here and  some great printable games that I have found for you:

Preschool File Folder Games – included in this collection are colors, numbers, science, memory and alphabet games

20 Easy to Make File Folder Games

Caterpillar File Folder Game

Counting Template – add shapes of your toddlers favorite things cut in a bag attached to one side of the folder. Have them count the items by putting them in the boxes.

Worms in my Apple Game – encourages lacing and counting

Home or School Game – identifying where certain items belong

Shape Town

Printable Preschool File Folder Games

Fun Games

File Folder Games to Purchase

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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