File Folder Fun!

My Family Collage*

Age Range – Preschool and Up

Area Being Developed – Social Development – Self-awareness and Self-esteem

Buy a box of colored file folders. You won’t be sorry. While they have so many uses, one of my favorites is for games.

Pass out a file folder to each student and have each one write with a marker the title “My Family” on the outside. Instruct your class to use the inside to place photos of people in their family. Using double-sided tape to attach the photos, have your students place them in a collage-like fashion anywhere in the folder. As they bring in each photo of a family member or pet, have them place their photos in a collage-like fashion in their own folders.

Enrichment Information…

A folder adds an element of surprise to this “family unit” concept. Your child will always have the fun of opening it up to see who is shown inside.

Tradition! Suggest to your students to make a new folder each year around holiday time and to look back from folder to folder to enjoy how his or her own family has grown and changed over time.

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NOTE: If you know a teacher who is also a parent, let me know if you would like to send them as part of their gift Monday self-esteem-building ideas, Tuesday play-and-learn activities, and/or Wednesday parenting techniques.

*Adapted from Make Your Own Preschool Games: A Personalized Play and Learn Program by Sally Goldberg, p. 43

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