File folder is a type of folder that is used to store documents, contracts or any set of papers that need to be securely attached together. It is traditionally made up of sheets of thick paper such as Kraft paper and manila paper, or cardboards. However, just recently, variants made of plastic have become available. File folders are now available in different materials and colors and can be bought in any office or school supply stores. To be more efficient in using these folders, they should be properly labeled either in front or in the tab. Some people prefer to write on it using pencil or marking pen, while others employ adhesive labels on the tab. There is also the option of using electronic
However, there is also another way to use these lovely folders that everyone can truly enjoy. The game is called file folder game. It does not matter whether you are at the comfort of your home, in a day care center, out on a long road trip visiting relatives, hosting a family reunion, or at a sleepover, the file folder game is always a hit for kids and adults alike. Here is how to make one:
- Purchase materials. Secure all materials from the supply store. This includes Manila file folders, markers of different colors, crayons or colored pencils, scissors (ideally safety scissors especially if younger children will be preparing the game), small to medium-sized Ziploc bags, approximately 2-inch thick plastic packaging tape, and a laminator or clear contact paper.
- Pick a game theme. The beauty of file folder game is that it is very flexible, and the theme can be anything from animals to plants to world.
- Prepare the folders. Attach a small to medium-sized Ziplock bag at the back of the file folder. This is where you will keep all the cut-outs later.
- Prepare the cut-outs. For the purpose of this instructional article, the theme is traveling away from home. Draw pictures of things you use while traveling – shirt and pants, toothbrush, toothpaste, shoes, socks, hair brush, etc. Make two to three copies each, coloring and designing each piece differently.
- Paste the cut-outs. Get a piece of each item and paste them in the folder. Instruct the player to match the remaining cut-outs with the items of similar color or design.
There are many more ideas that you can use. Another sure hit idea is the
rainbow game. In a separate file folder, draw a very big colored
rainbow. Then cut out longitudinal arc-shaped strips of colored papers,
one for each of the following colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue,
indigo and violet. There are two ways to play this game. First, ask the
player to reconstruct a rainbow using the strips. Second, ask the
player to attach the strips to the big colored rainbow For older
children, there is the option of using colored words (example: RED is
written in red color). Ask the child to attach the word to the
corresponding color in the rainbow.
All of these are cheap, easy, doable and most important of all, fun for
all members of the family! Depending on the theme, the games may be used
to help children learn about important topics such as alphabets and
numbers, the sign language, solving mazes, do word search or tell
stories. As for the cut-outs, the Ziploc bag makes transporting so much
hassle-free as well.