Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Quiet Activities

Last night, I went to a Relief Society activity where we made "File Folder Games."

I had never heard of them, but as I do not have any preschool-aged children (or any children, for that matter), it makes sense! File folder games are little learning games/activities directed (from what I've seen) at preschoolers. There are all sorts of kits and downloads to be found online, and you can find games ranging from color matching to religious themes. The one I worked on last night was called "Jesus Calms the Storm." It is a word-matching game based on Luke 8:23-25 (NIV, originally, but the KJV works too), and the object is for your preschooler to match W-words. Find it here.

A variation on the file folder game idea that I would like to try is to create family history file folders. Using family photos and whatever information you have on the life of various relatives and ancestors, you could put together a file folder for select individuals, or for an entire family group. I think children would enjoy something like this, particularly if they do not see grandparents or others on a regular basis.

One of the best parts about these file folder games is they are easy to make! You can print some pre-colored, or color them yourself. Do a little cutting, a little gluing, and laminate it, and you'll have a great activity to entertain your children at church, educate them at home, or even keep them busy on long car rides.

Here are some links to some other websites with patterns you can download:
Plan of Salvation game (note: the "Judgement" and "Resurrection" symbols should be in the opposite order)
Family Tree file folder
Christian Preschool Printables
Crafty Chic File Folder Games
File Folder Heaven
File Folder Fun

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