Folder Games are easy to make and provide an excellent way
for children to participate in "hands-on" learning!
I have file folder games that children can chose from themselves
(free choice and during learning centers are wonderful times
for children to play file folder games) .... I also have "teacher"
file folder games ... which are file folder games that I bring
out to work on with the children.
File Folders - Either
Color or Manilla
Paper (I get mine at Wal-Mart) and Regular Paper
(Wal-Mart has inexpensive ones)
Pouches - www.oregonlam.com
is where I get mine. I use the 5 mil. 9 x 11.5 size.
Bags to store the loose game pieces in.
first thing you need to do is print the file folder game you
wish to make. I use normal ink jet paper for the the front
cover and game pieces that are glued inside the file folder.
I use a thicker paper called cardstock for the pieces that
that will be laminated. Once the patterns for the game are
printed cut out the pieces that go on the cover of the file
folder and inside the file folder. You can arrange the pieces
any way you want.
... cut out the pieces that you printed on cardstock and lamintate.
I use a heated laminator that uses pouches. There will be
a pouch folder that you open up and then you place the laminating
pouch inside the pouch folder and open it. Lay the pieces
on one half of the pouch and cover with the other half of
the pouch and pouch folder. Insert in the laminator. I run
mine through twice.
out the pieces that were laminated and place in a zip lock
bag and place inside the file folder. I store my file folder
games in a simple plastic container that has a lid. Do not
put too many games in the container that the students choose
file folder game from so that the students can easily choose
play the file folder games students match the pieces that
are loose to the pieces that are inside the file folder. I
do not put velcro or anything on the backs of the pieces but
I know some people like to. File folder games can be played
on the floor or on tables ... in groups or individually. Experiment
and see what works best for your students.