Category Archives: Math

Addition File Folder Game

If you don’t know what a file folder game is check out this site – File Folder Fun, then come back here and make an addition file folder game to help your little one learn their 1-10 addition facts!

I created this file folder game to help Sweetie Pea learn her addition facts.  Initially it was just match the number sentence to the answer (top of the file folder) or visa versa (bottom of the file folder).   After we tired of this “game” we made new ones, we turned them over and played a “matching” game where we took turns picking a card from the pile and put it where it goes.  We either played with the top or the bottom of the file folder, we haven’t played with them both at the same time but that could be fun too!

When I made this I forgot 4+4=8, so that is why there is an extra on the top and the bottom.  I have since fixed the file and made sure that 4+4=8 is included in the pdf you can download to create your own file folder game!  All you need is a file folder, two copies of each page of the Addition File Folder Game, a laminator (or contact paper would probably work if you print on cardstock) and adhesive velcro dots.

Glue/tape one copy of each page to the inside of the file folder.  I cut apart all the pieces before I laminated them, but I’m sure if you didn’t want to do that you could laminate the page and then cut them, though the lamination could start to come off if you do it that way, it would save a lot of time cutting though!  Then place the velcro dot in the middle on the top of each box (mine are on the left but when I rearranged the numbers to add in the 4+4=8 it worked better to place the velcro on the top) and then the matching velcro dot on each matching piece.  I then store the pieces in plastic bags (number sentences in one bag, answers in another bag) inside the file folder.

Now you are finished and ready to play!  Let me know if you come up with any other ideas on how to play this “game!”

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I LOVE MATH!

I LOVE Math!!  I know not many people probably say that but it is true!  I wasn’t always that way, when I was in school I struggled with math, I “hated” math, it was horrible.  Until seventh grade when I had the best math teacher I’ve ever had!  He was a student teacher and made math fun, exciting and so much fun that he actually inspired me to want to become a math teacher!  While I did originally major in Math Education I didn’t end up becoming a math teacher, I found that computer programming was even more fun than math 🙂  However, I still have a passion for math (as long as it isn’t calculus…) and I want my kiddos to love math too because it really can be and is fun!  As I was looking for some kind of kindergarten curriculum for math I stumbled upon Lesson Pathways, it is a FREE online curriculum for grades K-5.  I started using the kindergarten Math Pathway and I was very happy with it!  This site gives you on average five different activities (sometimes more, sometimes less) for presenting the topic for the week.  These were all hands on type activities with some worksheets thrown in once in a while but for us we loved the activities!  We finished most of the 36 weeks, some of them we skipped because she learned it so quick or we learned somethings together.  But, that is another great thing about Lesson Pathways, you don’t really need to go in the order they put them!  You would need to make sure you aren’t jumping around too much if they need to build on things but you can move through the weeks in any order and at any pace!  After purchasing our first grade curriculum math for this year I am even more impressed with Lesson Pathways because not only are they free but we already covered most of the topics in the first grade curriculum I purchased!  WOW!  They really do a great job!

I encourage you if you are looking for some new activities to make math fun again to give this site a try!  They have other subjects as well, I wasn’t really looking for anything else at the time but I’m sure the other subject areas they have so far are worth a look as well!

Remember math really is fun!!