Use File Folder Activities to Teach an Infinite Number of Concepts

folder-activitiesIf you haven’t been introduced to file folder activities, now is a great time. File folder activities are ideal for children with autism and other special needs, because the tasks are very visually-oriented, promote independence and can be customized to meet an individual’s specific interests and abilities. In addition, they can be virtually free to create.

File Folder Activity How-To
Folder activities can be as basic as color matching. Here is a step-by-step example of how to set up this simple folder activity:

  1. Obtain two basic color swatches from a paint/hardware store or create your own by hand or with construction paper.
  2. Glue one set of colors to the inside of a file folder leaving enough space between each color for matching purposes.
  3. To store the matching pieces, glue a #10 envelope to the outside of the file folder (flap side out). Once laminated, you can slit the opening. Or, simply use a plastic sandwich bag for storage.
  4.  Laminate the file folder to protect the activity and enable easy cleaning. You can also use clear packing tape to protect each matching piece.
  5. Use “soft” adhesive Velcro pieces on the colors on the file folder and use “scratchy” Velcro pieces on the back of each individual color pieces. This will enable your child to easily match the items by simply attaching them with the Velcro.
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Joanna Keating-Velasco About Joanna Keating-Velasco

Joanna Keating-Velasco has worked with students with various special needs ages 3 through 22 as a Paraprofessional for over twelve years and is currently specializing in adult transition. She has authored two books, A Is for Autism, F Is for Friend and In His Shoes – A Short Journey through Autism. Learn more about Joanna at A is for Autism.

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  • Martianne Stanger

    These are huge with the homeschool community, although, admittedly, I do not use them myself much. You can, of course, find tons fo freebie printouts for them online with a quick google search of t”file folder game”, as well as more advanced concepts with :lapbooks”