2010 File Folder Games

Since this blog is called “Confessions…” I have one.  When I first started homeschooling, I didn’t understand what a “File Folder Game” was. I downloaded all these fun games and just kept them in a manilla envelopes. It wasn’t until this year when we started Lapbooking, that I realized what a File Folder Game was! I immediately went and gathered my manilla envelope games, and put them into file folders and voila!
Here is a gathering of all the file folder games we did this year, just click on the Titles to download:
Paint Brush Color Matching:
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Numbers Cards by Homeschool Creations (This goes 1-20):
Puppy Match Up by File Folder Fun: (Memory Matching)
Fishy Faces by File Folder Fun: (Memory Matching)
Apple Matching by Homeschool Share:
Shades of Color (to be used with paint chips): This is game I ended up making into a file folder game. You can download my color grid here, and I used a 1 1/4″ square punch to punch the colors out.
Candy Cane Color Match by File Folder Fun:
Animal Fur Match by Homeschool Share:
Space Rhymes by File Folder Fun:
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Pumpkin Patch Phonics by File Folder Fun:
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Acorn Addition and Subtraction by File Folder Fun:
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Raking Leaves by File Folder Fun:
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Daniel in the Lion’s Den Time Matchup by Bible Story Printables:
Snowman Compound Words by File Folder Fun:
That’s it for 2010 File Folder Fun! Hope you found some that look fun for your family too!


  1. Wonderful and, sorry, but I had to giggle!Wow has so much stuff! I think I can hear my printer groan.We've still only used one (your paint brush match) but I really need to make more. As always you are an inspiration.

  2. WOW! So many great resources! Thanks!I love reading your blog! I always find so interesting activities 🙂

  3. LOL I was the same went I first took my degree in Early Childhood Studies … sometimes I felt all the seasoned teachers were speaking a different language … Thanks for sharing:)

  4. I love file folder games! I have made a few for my son but once he's mastered them, they just lay there. I would love to see a post on re-purposing these games. I have come up with Memory (by printing an extra set of cards, etc)…any other ideas?

  5. Great idea! I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for all the fun activites.I featured your blog on my homeschool blog post today. Just thought you might enjoy knowing that.have a great day,Amy @

  6. ha ha ha ha…… I actually still deliberately keep some file folder games in envelopes because then I can move the pieces around.

  7. Thanks! I have never used them, but I am going to print some of yours out now!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing! I've already made the paint brush game and the apple game and my kids love them! I'm really looking forward to making more soon!

  9. Thanks for confessing. Here's my confession. I'm still not clear on what lapbooking is! 🙂 I'll go do some reading on the link you provided. Thanks. When we stop trying to seem like we know it all, that is when we can really learn isn't it?Cool games. My kids are going to love them this year.

  10. Very awesome to see what you use!!

  11. Oh thank you for sharing the different games you have used! I found a few that I know my blessings will just flip over! My printer is humming as I type!Thank you for all that you do!Sincerely,~Hope

  12. I want to make some! Do you laminate the pieces? How do you make them last?

  13. PACKER FAMILY: Yes, I laminate the pieces, but not the lapbook. I know people who run the entire lapbook through a laminator! I haven’t done that though.JULIE: I haven't used the lapbooks for anything else yet, just happy I figured out how to make one LOL!

  14. I love file folder games. I heard of them when I taught first grade but never really tried them out. I have been using them with Madeline while attempting to homeschool this year and I love them! Thank you for sharing yours.

  15. I remember my own mother making file folder games when I was a little girl. Noone knew what they were. And now they are incredibly popular. Thank you for posting these! My kids LOVE the paint brush color matching as well. Totally appreciate your posts!

  16. I really love file folder games. It reminds me of great time with my mom. Great post. thanks

  17. God bless you for creating all of these and then having them available to share with us!

  18. I just want to say thanks for the wonderful printables you have!! I have seen your links many, many times from the Tot School blog. I downloaded the paint color matching printable, I think my 2-1/2-year-old will love it!

  19. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas. I recently made your paintbrush file folder for my younger girls:

  20. Thank you so much for your wonderful ideas and easy downloads. I am in the process of creating some file folder learning for my 2 1/2 year old, and putting packets together of some educational fun for our road trip to NC this summer. 14 hours in the car! God Bless, Ashley

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  22. Thanks for sharing these, as well as the link to where you found them from!

  23. never_napping_nanny says:

    These are awesome. Keep up the post. Just started homeschooling some kiddos and start-up is my biggest challenge.

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