Learning centers and file folder games make wonderful follow up activities to science experiments and explorations in your classroom. Our games are designed to be used alone or alongside your Preschool and Kindergarten science curriculum. At this age children learn so much from hands on activity and we highly recommend stocking your classroom with basic science resources. Some of our favorite science resources include Magnets, Rocks and Minerals, Butterfly Gardens, Owl Pellet Dissection and Pan Balance Scale. It’s important to offer many diverse discovery centers at this age. Children grow and learn so much just from using their five senses and having short conversations about how the world works.
This is a free printable weather chart for children to practice tracking and graphing the daily weather. Children write the name of the month at the top, then for each day they place a check mark or sticker in the appropriate box. There is a special tracking box for rainbows. After each month encourage children to count up their totals to see what the weather was like for the majority of that month.
This is a simple set up game or children to explore magnetic qualities of different items. Print these sheets and glue them to either side of a file folder. Provide children with different items and objects from around the house along with a magnet and have them sort the objects accordingly.
This is a file folder game for children learning to identify the different properties of individual objects. Children determine if the picture is of a Hot or Cold item, and then place it into the correct pocket. This game would be great alongside sensory tubs of ice and warm rice.
Sink or Float File Folder Game
This is a file folder game for children who are learning early science skills. These cards contain images of items you’d find around the house or yard so you can easily set up an experiment center for this game. Children match up the different object cards to the correct pocket the Sink pocket, or the Float pocket.
Fruit or Vegetable File Folder Game
This is a file folder game for children who are learning about the different qualities of food, and the different categories that we put them into. Children sort the food into baskets. These flashcards can also be printed in larger quantities for fruit themed card games.
These monsters need a bit of help with their manners! Some of them have very good manners and get to go in the closet. Some of them have very bad manners and need to go under the bed. Children get toread what these silly monsters have to say and put them in the correctspot. When playing with you children, have them think of a better way the “bad mannered” monsters could say it. There are also blanks for you to customize too!
Earth Day File Folder Game
This is a file folder game to teach children how to sort objects by properties. This is a great way for children to work on classification skills while building real life skills that can be translated outside of the classroom setting. Use this game during Earth Day or as part of a Classroom stewardship unit.
This is an animal matching game that you can play in a variety of ways. The first way is to simply print two sets of each page and have the children match the pictures of the animals. The second way is to print one set of the animals, cut them out and then cut them each in half vertically. Glue the front half to the file folder, and keep the back half for the playing pieces to match.
Science Snapshots: Fish
This is a simple learning center for children to visually match the photographs of different fish. We’ve chosen a colorful variety for children to explore, and highly recommend laminating these cards for durability but also to achieve a “photo” like sheen.
Science Snapshots: Frogs
This is a simple learning center for children to visually match the photographs of different frogs. We’ve chosen a colorful variety for children to explore, and highly recommend laminating these cards for durability but also to achieve a “photo” like sheen.
Science Snapshots: Flowers
This is a simple learning center for children to visually match the photographs of different flowers. We’ve chosen a colorful variety for children to explore, and highly recommend laminating these cards for durability but also to achieve a “photo” like sheen.