Creating file folder games is easy to do and can be done with items you can find in your own house. Several web sites will sell you a complete file folder kit that includes all the necessary pieces you need for less than $5.00. You can also find printable file folder games for free from other web sites.
If you are looking for religious file folder games, here are two web sites that can help:
• Christian Preschool Printables has a wide variety of Bible file folder games. Their file folder ideas can be downloaded for free and are geared towards teaching your child about different Bible stories. Some of their ideas include “Jesus feeding 5,000”, “Noah’s Ark”, “Jesus calms the storm”, and several others.
• MormonChic has several free file folder game options. This web site has numerous file folder games that focus on Bible topics like Noah’s Ark. It also has shapes and numbers games as well as several other choices. You can download the templates online and create your own file folder game.
File folder games are often used because they provide a great way to make learning fun. One of the best web sites for free educational file folder games is EnchantedLearning. They offer hundreds of ideas for file folder games and a wide variety of other games to teach your child about languages, biology, math, writing, physical science, and other topics. Some of the popular file folder games include:
• The Numbers Game
• Find the Opposites
• Farm Animals
• Find the Rhymes
Most file folder games can be created with a manila folder, Velcro, glue, construction paper and laminate paper. Some file folder games can become more creative and will require the use of string, buttons, and other items.
If you just want to create fun file folder games, Angelfire is a great web site. This site offers free file folder downloads for games such as, “who wants to be a millionaire?”, “Tic Tac Toe”, “Fish & Fun” and several others. Here is an easy game to make, “Fishing Game board”. The fish can be cut out from material, or construction paper. Make one fish larger than the other. The larger fish should be the end point. Purchase a blue manila folder and glue one fish to the upper right side of the manila folder and another to the lower left. Using red, green and black fabric or construction paper, cut out about twenty to thirty circles and glue them onto the manila folder. You will need about five red circles and five green circles, the rest should be black circles. Then, create about fifty “skill cards” that have a question on the front (can be anything you would like) and the answer on the back. Each player will begin in the lower left corner and will use dice to move, if they land on a red space, they lose one turn, if they land on a green space, they get an additional turn. Landing on a black space indicates they need to draw a skill card and if they answer correctly, they can shake the dice to determine how far they can move. The player pieces can be fabric or anything that you choose. The back of the manila folder should include a zip-top bag to store all the pieces in and the dice. Whoever reaches the big fish at the end is the winner.
As you can see, file folder games can be educational, spiritual and fun. One of the greatest perks to a file folder game is how easy they are to store. You can leave them in the car for a long car ride, or take them to church to help your little ones sit quietly through the meetings.