Hot air balloons are something that have always fascinated me.
The colors, the patterns, how they look while flying hundreds of feet in the air; they’re definitely a sight to see!
The main problem with them, however, is that you really don’t see them all that often.
Until now that is!
With this colorful hot air balloon pattern matching file folder game, you’ll be able to see balloons of all different colors and patterns whenever you like!
Bright, colorful, and sparkly, this file folder game is absolutely perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners and makes a fantastic quiet time activity that they can use to practice their early math skills!
Assembling the Hot Air Balloon Pattern Matching Game
To put this game together, you’ll need:
- A manila file folder
- Clear contact paper
- Velcro dots
- The printable hot air balloon matching set (below)
To start, print and cut the cover of the file folder game and the hot air balloon pieces.
You’ll need to print two copies of the hot air balloon pages to make this matching game.
Once all of your pieces are cut, use a piece of clear contact paper to attach the cover of your file folder game to the front of your folder. To make this step a little bit easier, secure the cover to the front of your folder using some double-sided tape and then lay the contact paper over the top of it.
Next, use some more contact paper to attach one set of your hot air balloons to the inside of your folder. You should be able to fit three balloons on each side.
Run the other set of hot air balloons through your laminator for durability.
Finally, add some Velcro dots to the balloons that are on the inside of your folder and add the opposite side of the Velcro to the back of each hot air balloon that you’ll be using to match.
Using the Hot Air Balloon Pattern Matching Game
When you’ve finished putting your game together, show your child that each of the hot air balloon pieces that they have match one of the balloons in the folder, either by pattern or the color of the pattern.
Have them practice their matching skills by matching each of the six hot air balloons that they have to the balloons inside the folder.
To add a little more learning, see if they can name all of the colors that they see on each balloon as they match the pairs.