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Folder Games


Folder Games

[20 Minutes]

Does your child get bored when there's nothing to do but wait? Bring along this simple folder game and you'll always have something to keep him busy!

You'll need:

• markers • wipe-off crayons or chalk • manila (or colored) folders • lamination machine or clear contact paper • clean old sock or paper towels • clear tape

What to do:

  1. Make two dot-to-dot pictures for your child to complete (one on the front of the folder and one on the back). Imagine the outline of a shape your child would like and draw it with dots only, numbering or lettering the dots so that they will be connected in order when your child uses it. Remember to keep the shape simple.
  2. Be sure to draw a BIG picture shape for a very young child. Make just a few dots and use the letters of the child's name to be connected in order (or numbers 1-10 only).
  3. Lay the folder out flat and laminate or cover it with clear contact paper.
  4. Fold it up and inside place some wipe-off crayons or a piece of chalk and a paper towel or an old clean sock.
  5. Tape the two sides of the folder shut with clear tape to hold the materials until they are ready for use.
  6. When you're on a trip, or stuck in a waiting room, take along this folder game, all ready to go!

How to play:

Connect the dots, wipe, and re-use.

Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.

  • What could this picture be?
  • What other pictures would you like to do as a dot-to-dot?

Useful information:

While you are having fun together, your child is developing eye/hand coordination and math skills.

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