File Folder Games

24 01 2011

I have heard so many things about file folder games…..but I have never really felt they would be of much value to our home school.  Most of the file folder games I had come across were only for preschool age children.  Then after talking to a friend on-line I decided to do some more investigating on these things. 

I am HOOKED!!!! We love them.  All of my children are able to work on concepts in a new and fun way.  The best part is that they are almost FREE!!! I say almost because we had to go and buy the file folders….we got 100 for 6 dollars and we had to buy laminate paper, also pretty cheap.  All in all these things are great. 

The site I used to get these great file folder games is  Here are some step by step instructions on how we put them together. 🙂 

After printing all the pages on-line I cut them out. 🙂 This is not a fun task, but it is well worth it.  Then I laminated the games pieces.

After finishing all the games pieces I moved onto the file folders.  I glued on what needed to be on the inside of the file folder.  I then laminated those as well and cut them out.

Here is Gracie playing the Rain Drop game.  This one works on the sounds PL, BL, SH and CH. 🙂

Here is the Cupcake Counting game.  This is the front of the folder.

Here is the inside of the Cupcake counting game.  Notice that the numbers are not in order, this helps the child learn the numbers and not the order.  But if you want them to learn the order then see below…… 🙂

I attached the cupcakes with the numbers with velcro 🙂 This way I can move the numbers around….I can put them in order, I can mix them up or I can put all the odd on oneside and even on the other.

This is one of my favorites!  This one is for practice with telling time. 🙂

This is the inside of Who Knows What Time it is?  The owl heads spin to show what time it is (See left hand side).  The right shows what it looks like before the child checks the answer.

Here is Isaac practicing his time telling skills. 🙂

This game is Space Rhymes 🙂 Another very fun game.

This game is for the younger child.  This is a color matching game….perfect for my youngest homeschoolers. 🙂

This is the last one I made last night….but not least!  It is Acorn Addition.  A great game to help reinforce math facts. 

I have really enjoyed making these and seeing my children enjoy them so much. They are a great game to throw in the diaper bag for waits in the dr.s office etc.  I love that I can make them custom for my children…..we are thinking of making one for skip counting and money next. 🙂 

I hope you will give them a try. Even if you don’t home school you can create these for your children to help with their current studies. 🙂  Have fun!

And these are a few of my favorite things….

26 07 2009

Did you catch the music in the title?  🙂

I have been wanting to post some of my favorite things for a while now and I am just getting around to it now.  These are random and may help you in running a home as well.

First, I LOVE….can I say that again…LOVE the new Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gels!!!  They are wonderful.  I clean the toilet, then I attach the gel to the rim of the toilet and it last for about 10 days.  (The box says 7, but ours have been for about 10 days – 2 weeks) and we have  a lot of flushing going on here.  It cleans the toilet with every flush and makes the toilet smell good!!!!  That is something that is hard to accomplish with 3 potty trained preschoolers/toddlers.

Second, I am in LOVE with my school table.  Okay, this is silly I know, but I love that the kids can set up a project and I don’t have to make them clean it up so we can eat meals.  Now, you don’t have to homeschool to enjoy this wonderful feature to a house.  If your children love games, puzzles, coloring, play do etc. you would love to have a kids table!!!!  They can play and make a little mess without ruining your good kitchen table.

Third, I love this book called Once a Month Cooking.  A very dear friend bought it for me as a surprise and had it shipped to my house!  I couldn’t believe it.  Last night at dinner as everyone was eating Dave said, “Where did you get this recipe it is soooo good.”  The recipes are easy and really good, my family has really enjoyed all the time I now have.  I don’t use the book yet like it says too, but I pull out about 6-8 recipes from it that sound good for the month and double them and make them in one day.  We then eat those recipes that month and then I have a whole set for the next month to use as well. 

Okay, that is all for now, but I will be adding to this list as I continue with my days.  Enjoy!