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October 22nd, 2012, 03:25 PM
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Hey mamas!

I have made this game for DS tonight. I got the idea from a blog but I can't remember which one to credit them.

I have used photos of loved ones, (this one is DS godmother) and some others from books we are reading (baby owls at the moment so I have done one of an owl.) And words beginning with the letter of the week.




Its great for letter matching / recognition and strengthening little hands!

Thanks for letting me share!
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October 23rd, 2012, 07:47 PM
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Very cool idea! We make and use a lot of file folder games, we love them
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October 25th, 2012, 01:37 PM
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What are file folder games?
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October 25th, 2012, 08:43 PM
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Cool! I've also seen file folder games, but I've never actually used any, so I won't butcher a response about what they are. Someone else can jump in.
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October 25th, 2012, 09:51 PM
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File folder games are exactly what they sound like. They're games you create using a file folder(also sometimes called manilla folders, though they don't have to be manilla, lol). They're basically self contained games. They're great for being on the go, busy work, to give younger kiddos not yet in school something to do while older kids work, etc... A lot of people prefer using them with younger kids. But you can use them with older kids, you just might need to adjust how detailed the game really is, with age.

I've made tons of them, wish I had some pics to show you but I think most of ours are put up now.
I can give you an example of one though.

Caterpillar Games (this one is a more detailed version of a few games combined, most file folder games just handle one subject).
The kids took green construction paper and cut caterpillars out of them, then used other colors to put details onto the caterpillars. On the belly area of each one we glued things like an orange circle, 2 blue squares, etc... We did a TON of them, then laminated each(I use contact paper) and put a small strip of hook velcro on the back. Next we took construction paper and cut out things to match those bellies. Things like one orange circle, a piece of paper with the number 2 on it, etc... and laminated those as well. Basically we made it so the caterpillars could be used in a variety of ways. We could use them to match colors, to match a shape or to match numbers. We had enough caterpillars to cover each subject, though we didn't use every caterpillar every time we played. I'm summarizing but hopefully it makes sense, lol. On the file folder I put several strips of loop velcro so the caterpillars would stick. I also attached a small strip to a zippered baggie and the top of the folder. All the extra pieces could go inside the bag, but this way the bag stayed attached to the folder.
The kids made one big caterpillar, glued it to the front of the folder and colored around it.
To play they'd pick a topic-shapes, colors, numbers.. and we'd gather all the pieces from the bag that went with that one. We'd attach the caterpillars we're using. Then they'd match up the pieces, one at a time. You could stick velcro on the front of whatever pieces are on the folder so your smaller pieces will stick to them too, but I don't like doing it that way. We just lay the pieces on top of whatever is attached to the folder.
We have a LOT of file folder games. Everything from basic concepts to more detailed ones. We have some to help with map skills, math, language arts, science and spanish. We have quite a few that are completely waterproof that I used to use with Alyssia when we'd spend days, weeks or months at the hospital.(this way they could be wiped down).
You can make them on just about any topic. They're great for learning new skills or even reinforcing ones they already know. Just a more hands on way to learn/teach subjects.
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October 27th, 2012, 07:06 AM
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Yep, what she said! We use them a lot for my preschooler and kindergartener. These two came from a book that I have, but there are tons of printable ones as well!

These two were made for my preschooler..


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October 27th, 2012, 07:41 AM
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Those are great 2pink&ablue! I love the apple tree one! Thanks for the explanation too Frackle! I'm off to pinterest some more games!
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October 27th, 2012, 04:56 PM
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that apple game looks great!
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