Preschool File Folder Activity: Numbers 1-10

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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

~Scrapbook/construction paper

~Circle cutter ( punch or scissors work great too)

~Black sharpie


~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!


  1. I am going to make that right now!!!

    I love easy to make learning games.

  2. We're learning our numbers right now....thanks for sharing this super easy and practical craft!

  3. I LOVE your file folder activities! So much stuff just gets piled up, stuck in book shelves, adds to the clutter, but these get put away, easily organized and easy to find and use later. My oldest is past these, but I am stockpiling them for my newest one!

  4. This is great--I plan to make a few sets this weekend from your ideas. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I hope you do try the reading labels. I love your blog (and have gotten so many great ideas from it) so it really made my day to get your comment :).

  5. What a great idea. I love file folder activities. So easily organized!

  6. This is a great idea, I think my 4 yr old would love it!

  7. Hi Michelle

    We have just started using file folder activities and yours looks easy to make and fun to use. Thanks for sharing your idea.

  8. I am loving all of these file folder ideas. Keep them coming :)

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