File Folders

File Folder Games

File folder games for preschoolers are fun learning activities that are easy to make and customize. Each starts with a manila (or colored) file folder, the same kind used in offices to organize filing cabinets. These websites feature hundreds of ideas, but the possibilities are endless.

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Daycare Resource Connection: File Folder Games5 stars

Daycare Resource Connection (DRC) features two kinds of games. The first uses clothespins and file folders that are only open at one end (also known as file jackets). These games can also be made using zip lock bags, since the folders are only used for storage. The second uses the more common file folder that lays flat when it opens. Topics include letters, colors, shapes, animals, seasons and holidays.

File Folder Fun3 stars

Lots of free printable file folder games here, but the ads are distracting and interfere with navigation. But if you are determined, you'll be rewarded with dozens of free PDF game templates in both color and black-and-white. Games are divided into categories by grade level and subject, and include games about letters, colors, counting, science, sequencing and picture matching.

Kindergarten Kindergarten: File Folder Games5 stars

Kathyrn Warner, a kindergarten teacher from central Texas, shares her beautifully illustrated printable file folder games on her Kindergarten Kindergarten site. "The games are in full color, and take a lot of ink, so it's probably best to print them on a color laser printer." She also recommends printing the game pieces on cardstock and then laminating them. Topics include number sense, upper and lowercase letters, and color sorting.

Little Family Fun: File Folder Games5 stars

Linda is a craft-loving mom of three. Each game on her Little Family Fun blog includes detailed instructions and is illustrated with lots of photos. Unlike most of the other sites, there are no printable templates here, but rather instructions on creating your own games with simple supplies, such as stickers, construction paper, and craft foam sheets.

Preschool Mom: Folder Games5 stars

"Children love to play games, and with our colorful printables, they won't even know they are learning!" Each of these games is free to download and print, but there are additional printable resources available to those who sign up for a free membership. Topics include numbers, letters, weather, counting and picture matching. Navigate through the games using the numbered page links at the bottom of each page.

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Free Printable File Folder Games

The Idea Room

Pinterest: Early Learning

Spoonful: 20 Easy to Make File Folder Games


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Feldman, Barbara. "File Folder Games." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 14 Jan. 2014. Web. 30 Aug. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/file-folder-games/ >.


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