The children were quite curious and fascinated by the new games, however, Princess was more determined to finish the games than the Rock. I will continue to make more file folder games as they are pretty good activities to keep them occupied while I am cooking or have to attend specifically to one child. They also encourage self-learning and since practice makes perfect (most of the time), these games are perfect for that!
I have also attempted to lower the cost of making them by:
- using sheet protectors instead of laminating every printout.
- using multi-slots display folders.
|File folder games using sheet protectors; loose pieces are laminated.|
|Small, loose pieces are simply stored in mini zippered bag |
and put into a sheet protector for storage.
- the pockets protects the printouts.
- using one folder instead of multiple ones help to save a lot of cabinet space.
- it saves me some time as I have less to laminate and stick.
These multi-slots display folders can be easily purchased from Popular bookstores or Daiso. This is especially useful for those games which I feel needs constant "review and update", e.g. CVC words (once the child gets familiarised with the existing words, you get print worksheets with new words). I still laminate the loose pieces as those can usually be recycled, e.g. letters and numbers.
- File folders / multi-pockets display folder / pocket folder with fastener (to be used with sheet protectors)
- Laminator (I think this is one of my most useful buys for homeschooling)
- Rotary trimmer / scissors (although a pair of scissors can do the job but trust me, you will appreciate the rotary trimmer when you have loads of paper to cut, especially the laminated ones (the magnetic bar really helps to hold the laminated sheets in place.)
The sense of satisfaction is great when you see the end products but these projects are not 5-minutes efforts, although I think the benefits are worth it.
I have included some free file folder games links here if you would like to make some yourself:
Do you make file folder games? Are they a hit or miss with your children? I'll like to hear your experience and tips in making them in the comments!