My children have always loved file folder games – printables that fit right inside a file folder for easy access and quick clean up. Even learning math facts seems more tolerable when disguised as a file folder game. 😉
I’ve spent several hours creating this super fun set of printable file folder games that each have a winter theme.
While these file folder games were written for Preschool and Kindergarten, there are a few that could even be used with First Grade.
Winter File Folder Games
This set of winter file folder games features 10 different activities for Preschoolers and Kindergartners. Hands-on activities galore!
Here is a breakdown of what’s included in this packet:
→ Marshmallow Number Match – Count the number of marshmallows in each mug of hot chocolate. Then use tally marks, numbers, or number words to identify the correct amount of marshmallows.
→ Winter Sequencing – Determine what comes first, next, and last with each winter-themed set of cards.
→ What Should I Wear in Winter? – There are 12 articles of clothing that must be correctly matched to either a winter scene or a summer scene.
→ Snowflake Patterns – Determine which snowflake comes next in this set of patterns. All patterns are A-B-A-B-A, however, some are quite tricky due to how intricate the snowflakes are.
→ Winter Beginning Sounds – Match the beginning sound on each mitten to the correct picture.
→ Snowman Shape Match – Each snowman is a different shape! Match each shape to the correct snowman.
→ Color Words Snow Kids – Each bundled up kid has on different colored snow clothes. Match each color word to the correct child.
→ Snowball Sight Words – Match each sight word from the Dolch Pre-Primer list to its snowman with the same sight word.
→ How Much Does it Cost? – Each piece of winter clothing has a price tag. Match the number of pennies to the correct item of clothing. Includes 1 cent to 10 cents.
→ Winter Grids – Place each picture in its correct place on the grid using coordinates. Includes two different 3×3 grids with coordinates.
Ideas for Using Winter File Folder Games
There are many different ways to use this set of activities in your home or classroom. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Ideas for using in your home or homeschool:
— Working with older siblings? Need to feed the baby? Is it time to start dinner? These file folder games are just the thing to keep your young one occupied while you take care of a task for a few minutes.
— Use these file folders for independent learning. It’s never too early to have your child work on an independent task. Start with just 3-5 minutes with young ages and work up from there.
— You’ve finished homeschool for the day, but your child says, “What are we doing next?” These are perfect for that scenario! Let the learning continue!
— These are perfect to take out when Mom is sick, but school still needs to carry on. Pair these winter file folder games with a few books about snow, and school work is ready to go for the day.
— Place a file folder in your child’s daily Work Box, if you use this system.
Ideas for using in your classroom:
— Use in your centers rotation (file folder games were my favorites during center time!)
— These are perfect for early finishers.
— Send a couple of games home for parents to work on specific skills with their children.
— Use as one-on-one instruction.
How to Assemble File Folder Games
I intentionally created a set of file folder games that are low-prep for mom and/or teacher. No one has time to put together a thousand little pieces!
I’ve included detailed instructions in the packet, however, most games only take about 5-8 minutes to assemble once you’ve printed the pages. Tack on another 8 minutes or so if you choose to laminate your games, which I highly recommend if your games will get heavy use.
After printing, glue the two main game pieces to the inside of your file folder. These don’t require cutting – just glue.
Cut out the file folder tab and the file folder cover page and glue onto the front of your file folder for easy recognition.
Lastly, cut out any game pieces and store them in a labeled ziploc baggie or 5×9″ envelope to keep inside your file folder game. You’ll find the labels on pages 4-5 of the packet download.
And that’s it! Once the glue dries, it’s time to play!
♥ This set is priced at $6.00, which means each file folder game is only 60 cents each!
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