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Shapes, fine motor skills, pencil grasp, matching…
It’s not just any old activity that can work on all of those skills at the same time while still being fun and easy to put together.
No, it would take a special activity to pull that off.
Fortunately, our trace and match shape key file folder game fits the bill perfectly and the whole thing comes together in just a few minutes!
If you’re a longtime reader, you know that all of our file folder games are fun, easy to put together, and use essentially the same set of basic supplies.
Assembling the Shape Key Matching Game
To make this multi-facet file folder game for your own little learners, you’ll need:
- A manila file folder
- Laminator (optional, but highly recommended)
- Clear contact paper
- Dry erase marker
- The printable shape key set (below)
You’ll start by cutting out the various shape keys that are included in the set.
As you can tell from the photo above, you don’t need to cut these out along the lines. For this game, you’ll actually want to cut the black and white traceable versions out rather loosely, leaving some space around the lines as well.
You’ll use some of your clear contact paper to attach these to the inside flaps of your folder as well as attaching the cover of the game to the front of your folder.
For the colored shape keys that you’ll use for matching, we were a bit tighter with the cutting of those, making sure that those were cut close to the outside lines before running those through our laminator.
Using the Shape Key Matching Game
Now, this game has a few different steps included as I’m sure you could tell from the title.
The first step is to go through each of the shape keys with your child and see if they can name all of the shapes.
This game includes:
Once you’ve named each of the shapes, it’s time to start tracing!
Each of the included black and white shapes is made with dotted lines making them perfect for tracing and with the covering of clear contact paper, you can trace them with a dry erase marker, wipe the game clean, and then do it again!
We pulled out a set of colored dry erase markers to make it fun and spent some time tracing each of the shape keys before moving onto the next step.
Once they’re ready, however, all you need to do is pull out the set of colored shape keys and start matching!
Have them try to rename the shapes as they match each key if they can.