File Folder Activities are a convenient way to help toddler and preschool age children learn concepts. File folders are portable, store easily in a filing box, and provide a compact learning space. You can make several different kinds of file folder activities and simply pull them out when you are ready to use them.
For this particular activity, I focused on Numbers 1-10. I used the same shape for my design (circles), but varied size and color. I wanted to give the activity a little bit of interest, but not too much, as it might overwhelm early learners.
Materials I used:
~1 Manila file folder
~Circle cutter ( punch or scissors work great too)
~Clear ”Con-tact” paper (often used as shelf liner to line kitchen cabinets)
**Everything I used for this particular activity I already had on hand-so for me-it was free!
Steps to get you there:
1. Cut out two set of shapes. Label them, individually with the numbers 1 through 10.
2. Mount one set of shapes to the inside of the file folder. Set others aside.
3. Title the front (if so desired).
4. Cover both sides with contact paper (this provides durability). Be sure to smooth out any wrinkles.
5. Use the remaining set of shapes to match up the ones in the file folder.
**See my DIY File Folder Alphabet Match-Up for more tips and tricks on file folders.
My kids loved it! And you can make all sorts of varieties of activities: Numbers, Shapes, Alphabet, Photos, and much more!