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To find ideas for your child, click on the age range blog label or on the theme/topic you are looking for (on the left side of the page). In each post, we try to list optimal age ranges for the activity, but you must judge for yourself if it is appropriate for your child. When you try an activity out, please comment and let us (and everyone else) know how your child liked it!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Apple Sort

One of my favorite things to utilize when I taught---File Folder games!!! Imagine...all the pieces in one spot, practicing a skill, one-on-one or independent, quiet games. Oh, and talk about simple storage for you! This took me about 30 minutes TOTAL (looking for pics, printing, cutting, etc) to make.
I simply went to Google Images, typed in free clip art, and chose the apple pictures that I wanted. Cut, paste, repeat.
I made this game for my 19 month old. You can choose 2 or more colors, whatever theme you want, and the game cost me about $1 to make. :)
  • File folder (I bought a cheapy box of the plain. About $3 for 50 at Wal-mart.)
  • Printed and cut apples (or cars, teddy bears, etc)
  • Packing tape (I used it to "laminate" my pieces so they would last longer. $2 for a huge roll)
  • 2 white envelopes, cut in half and taped for sturdiness.

I use the pocket at the top for storage of pieces (opening facing inward to avoid pieces falling out, but ease of use for a 19 month old).

Now I have a game I can pull out when I need a few minutes to finish something I'm working on, for practicing skills together, and something for her activity tray for her to work on while I cook dinner. I can also take it easily with me to a doctor's office, or any place I need her to sit quietly and still for a little while.

She adored the pocket idea, though you could just use a white piece of paper and let the sort and stack them instead.


Angela said...

I love this! Do you have other file folder games you've done?

Raegan said...

I sure do! My next post (Tuesday) has another game to make and I included PDF files for anyone to have a copy of the images used for their own game. Hopefully the link will work, but I'll be doing more FF game posts in the future. :) Enjoy!

Megan D said...

Thank you for this creative idea! I love it and know my little girl will too! Helps me get my creativity flowing to look at our blog.

Kristi said...

Totally making this tomorrow! Thanks! :)

Dominique Chehlaoui said...

I am a nanny and ALWAYS looking for fun activities for the preschoolers I watch.THANKS,GREAT IDEA!


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