Free File Folder Games

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What is a File Folder Game?
If you’ve never heard of File Folder Games, this is the spot for you! A file folder game is basically just what it says…..A game that is played on a file folder.These games are inexpensive to make as you can often get a box of 100 file folders for around $5 and there are many free printable games online.
Free File Folder Games
We actually have an entire website dedicated to printable games, teaching resources and learning folders.  Over the years I’ve created over 100 different games for a variety of subjects and grade levels:
Circle Punch Games
Hands on Games
Math Manipulitive Centers
Games by Grade
Games by Subject
Find More Free File Folder Games Here
Find Christian File Folder Games Here

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Recycle File Folder Game

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Who doesn’t love to sort the recycling?

Okay….let me rephrase that.

 

Children LOVE to sort things!

This is a fantastic game for children who love to sort.

And Win.

Because this game can be played with up to 3 players (if you want more players just print more gameboards and cards).

Best of all this game is Print, Punch & Play meaning you can assemble it quickly and easily without any papercuts!

You can print this game free from File Folder Fun.

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Love the clipart?  Check out 2SuperTeachers for more.

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Make 10 Printable Game

Make10GameMaking ten games are always a great way to build key math skills for your Kindergarten and First Grade kiddos.  Children can easily memorize which numbers can be joined together to make 10, and it’s a skill that will be important through out their entire lives!
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Ten Frame Boards are simple boards with ten squares.

Usually a portion of the squares are filled in with marker (7 are filled above) and it’s the child’s job to figure out how many more need to be added to make 10.

Children can visually see that three more are needed so they can place the markers accordingly.

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(btw……we love these counters here)

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Anyway, I wanted to create a game that included the actual numbers on the Make 10 boards.

Can you tell that I really want my boys to do some quick memorizing of these number bonds?

I’m hoping that soon they will start to identify the missing number without counting.

This is also a great early introduction to algebra, you could say something like “Oooh, we have a mystery number!!  7 plus what = 10?”

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Print Make 10 Game Free at File Folder Fun

The set includes 10 different number bonds, you simply cut them out as shown above and let children match them back up again.   I thought perhaps the numbers might be a bit confusing, which is why I colored the markers orange and purple, so I would encourage children to make sure each number bond has different colors.

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Find More Make 10 Learning Games Here

 

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Want to Make your own Make 10 Game?

HomeschoolClipart.com has free ten frame graphics in black and white or color so you can design your own worksheets and games.

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Speech File Folder Game

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There is just something so fun and simple about our Circle Punch Games

that I can’t stop making them.

Maybe it’s the fact that it’s so easy to get the game set up and ready to go…..

no more cutting of obscure shapes and bumps.

Maybe I’m just being lazy.

I don’t know, but today I put together this simple gameboard for children working on beginning blends sounds with the letter L.

You might remember that my son is ready to start pronouncing words correctly (even if I’m not.)

So I’ve made this game in hopes that he will practice, practice, practice

saying those blends as he plays.

In fact, the whole family can practice because

this game can easily be played as a multiplayer version as well.

Head on over to our sister site File Folder Fun to print and play this game too:

Printable Beginning Sounds Game

BTW- This game uses a 1/5″ circle punch, you can find out more here.

And the adorable clipart is from Ink N Things, Little Red’s Clipart and Graphics From The Pond

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Preschool Printables Color Game

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I’m so excited to share this game with you today, I think it’s super adorable and your kids are going to LOVE it!

It’s called Catch a Rainbow, and it can be played with up to eight players. (or an entire class if you print more color circles)

The printable game is available free on File Folder Fun and it couldn’t be simpler to set up.

First print and laminate your circles.

If you don’t have a laminator, I recommend using cardstock.

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Second cut out your playing circles.  We own this 1 1/2 inch circle punch, it’s just the right size for the games on File Folder Fun and it cuts through laminated paper with ease. Though I might be dulling my blade doing so, I’d much rather use the circle punch then hand cut all these little circles out.  What else can you use a circle punch for?  Think scrapbooking, confetti, gift tags on presents….ect.

 

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Finally, just turn all the cards over, or put them in a basket if you have little peekers and play!

Children take turns drawing a card and placing it on their board, first one to Catch a Rainbow wins!

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If you want to spice things up a bit you can write numbers on the back of the circles and children can roll a die to pick a card.

Even harder you can write small math equations on the back and children must solve or roll the answer before they choose it.

And in case you’re wondering what all the Brown, Black, Gray and White circles are for, check this out:

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Catch a Color Wheel!

This game can be played the same way and  is available for free on File Folder Fun as well!

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While your there be sure to check out all of our Free Circle Punch File Folder Games, they make set-up a breeze!

Find more Preschool File Folder Games

Find more Kindergarten File Folder Games

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Preschool Printables

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I have recently updated our Free Preschool Printables section of PreschoolMom.com!

We have over 30 themes with numerous printables and activities you can use in your homeschool or classroom.

Here’s a sneak peek…..Click Here for links to all these units!

Be sure to check out more resources at KindergartenMom.com

BTW- We have a separate newsletter for our Preschool Mom website! 

Many of these sets include handwriting practice, alphabet themes, printable charts, file folder games, wordwall cards, crafts, science activities and more!

Alphabet Printables

American Sign Language Printables

Australia Printables

Butterfly Printables

Colors Printables

Community Helper Printables

Days of the Week Printables

Dinosaur Printables

Click Here for Full List

 

 

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Butterfly Lapbook & Notebooking Pages

It’s Spring!!

Around here that means butterflies!
I’ve just compiled an easy “pinable” list of our most popular butterfly printables.
We’ve also added some NEW butterfly notebooking pages so be sure to check those out too.

Preschool Butterfly Printables on Preschool Mom
Lifecycle Sequencing Cards
Lifecycle Classroom Charts
Butterfly Wordwall Cards
Butterfly Matching Game
Butterfly Counting Game
Butterfly Coloring Pages/Handwriting Worksheets
2 Butterfly File Folder Games

Butterfly Notebooking Pages on The Crafty Classroom
8 Notebooking pages featuring stunning full color photographs of different butterflies.

Butterfly Lifecycle Craft on The Crafty Classroom
This easy DIY craft will become your favorite go-to project for all your buggy themes this year!

Butterfly Lapbook on Lapbook Lessons
Printable Life Cycle Wheel
Label the Parts Worksheet
Butterfly Coloring Page
Butterfly Bible Verse
Bug Counters
and more!

Butterfly Bible Lesson on Preschool Post
-Morning Circle Time
-Preschool Theme
-Letter of the Week
-Music & Movement
-Center Time Activities
-Snack Suggestion
-Thematic Craft
-Bible Theme
-Bible Verse
-Bible Song
-Optional Resources

Hope that helps you get started on those Spring Lapbooks!

Blessings,

Valerie

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Easter Printables and Resources

Easter is just around the corner!
Here is a “Pinnable” list of our most popular resources!

On Christian Preschool Printables we have:
Printable Resurrection Eggs
Easter Memory Match
Easter Wordwall Cards
Printable Puzzles
He is Risen Crafts
The Empty Tomb Craft
Easter Bingo
Easter Bookmarks
Easter Cross File Folder Games
Easter Memory Match
Easter Game
Hosanna Crafts
Easter Bible Verse Printables
and more

On Bible Story Printabes we have:

Easter Timeline Cards
Easter Storyboard Set
Easter Coloring Pages
Bible Story Minibook
Bible Verse Copywork Pages
The Story of Easter File Folder Game
and more….

Our Sponsors, Hearts at Home Curriculum
have an amazing deal right now on these animated Easter DVD’s.
You can get one DVD for $5 or 3 for $12.95 until 3/30/13.
(these are high quality videos produced by NEST entertainment!!)

On File Folder Fun we have five different Easter themed games:

Chick-n-Place
Colorful Easter Eggs
Eggciting “e”
Spring Peeps
Shattered Patterns

On LapbookLessons we have a free Easter Lapbook!
Even a Lapbook video for how to put it together.

Don’t forget to check out the fun Stained Glass Easter Crosses we made a couple years back.

One year we even tried out some natural methods of egg dying!
Best of all, most of the resources we had in stock in our kitchen.

Jelly Beans make great resources when teaching children about salvation!
On Little Blots of Faith we have these fun printable poems you can share
with children, as well as MANY more links and resources for planning out an Easter Lesson!

Hope that gets you off to a good start!


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Place Value Folder Game

This week, in addition to multiplication, we’ve been
really working hard on learning and understanding Place Value.
A few years back I picked up a set of Base Ten Blocks,
which really made it easy for my children to visualize
what I was talking about with all this “Hundred, Tens, Ones” talk.

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But it’s due time to to branch out to bigger numbers…
Thousands, Ten Thousands….maybe even Millions!

So today I whipped up this simple (no frills)
Place Value File Folder Game:

We played it this afternoon for Math,
and I’m quite pleased with the results!
Both children are easily reading numbers all the
way out to millions!

I’m surprised at how quickly they picked up on it!
The game is played by drawing numbers one at a time
and choosing where to place it on your board. You’re trying
to build the biggest number you can, so you have to be careful
as once you play a number you can’t move it.

I had my children read the “Place” they were putting each number, then at the end of the game they read their entire number to see who was the winner.

An hour later and they are experts in place value and didn’t
even realize they were learning.
(or gambling….for that ever evasive 9)

How do I feel about it all?

MuuuuAhhhhhhHaHa!
(said in an “I will rule the world” kind of tone)

I uploaded this game on File Folder Fun so
you too can feel this way!

Happy Ruling!

NOTE: If you like “everyone wins” games, just print one board and work together as a team, write down each number you make and try to beat the last one!

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Free Birthday Bash File Folder Game


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Today I’m participating in Spell Outloud’s Birthday Bash!

I made a special party favor just for Maureen who is hosting a a week of giveaways and free printables to celebrate!

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Primary Party
This ia a file folder game for children to sort balloons into primary or seconday color bunches, and it’s perfect for your little budding artists!

This game is not on my site, its just for her party so visit her site to download the game!

There are some other wonderful party favors to take home, as well as a few more to come so follow Spell Outloud for updates!

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Sugar Cube Igloo

We are wrapping up our studies on the Inuit tribes of North America with a fun sugar cube igloo:

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For this project we watched this dated, but informative video on “How to build an igloo” and paired our craft with this fantastic early reader:

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A Look Inside an Igloo

The kids had a blast with this project, as we added a layer of cubes every day to allow them time to dry.

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We also spent some time exploring the fantastic videos on Sila. My children were just fascinated by these, so far they’ve seen the building of an igloo, the hunting of a caribou, and even a church service with a lesson on Moses. I haven’t seen them all so I’d recommend watching them on your own first to decide, as often with Native American culture you can get into spiritual discussions.

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This week we also reviewed what we know about Arctic animals with this fun Arctic Animals File Folder Game!

Stay tuned for more Native American Crafts as we move on to the Tlingit tribes!

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Owl Folder Game & Owl Valentine

We’ve added some other Owl resources on our sister sites too!

Be sure and check these out and bookmark them for your Owl Unit Studies!

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Owl Valentine Craft

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And we’ve got more fun Owl crafts coming too, so stay tuned!


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National Landmark File Folder Game

Just in case anyone is following along with our American Landmark and American Icon craft theme, I wanted to post here to let you know that we’ve just added a National Landmark File Folder Game on our Sister Site, www.FileFolderFun.com.

It’s really coming in handy to teach both my kiddos the names of the Landmarks, and even their locations.

Here are some photos of the game:


Find more photos like this on File Folder Fun

And if you want to print it you can find all the files on this page:

National Landmark File Folder Game

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Garage Sale Finds

This is why I love garage sales….

I spent a total of $11 (which is like the price of just one thing from a Teacher Supply Store)

Unifex Counting Cubes: $1.00

USA States Fact Book: $1.00

2 Fraction Circle Set: $1.00

2 Tile Fractions Set: $2.00

And my very most favorite deal:
36 Premade Laminated File Folder Games: $6.00
(Did you get that? 36 games! That’s like what….15 cents a game?)

Anyone else snag some Garage sale goodies this summer?

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