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Learning to sequence items or steps into their correct order is an important skill for young children as this skill will assist them later in life when learning to read, follow more complex directions, and so on.
There are so many ways that we use sequences in our everyday life and teaching this foundational skill while a child is young is not only a fun way to practice those early math and literacy skills, but it is critical for their future growth and development and this step sequencing file folder game is a fantastic place to start practicing!
Now, you may not actively think of the sequence of your steps as you move throughout your day as an adult, but the reason for that is that you mastered this skill as a child.
You couldn’t make a sandwich, drive to work, or even check your email if you didn’t know how to properly order the steps to do these things.
Don’t stress about it though!
From retelling a story in the correct order to games like this one, there are tons of different ways to practice this skill with your child!
To get started, as always, you’ll want to attach the included cover to the front of your folder using clear contact paper. You could also use some packing tape in a pinch.
Next, you’ll need to cut out the included pieces.
Inside the download, you’ll find six different labels for the inside of your folder. These include step 1 through step 6.
Attach these to the inside of your folder using some more contact paper.
Finally, you’ll need to cut out and laminate the picture cards.
The different thing about this game is the fact that instead of one simple activity or a single set of picture cards, this printable set contains six!
Included, you’ll find:
- The eating of an apple
- Blowing up a balloon
- A chick hatching
- A plant growing
- A spider spinning a web
- The life cycle of a frog
Each of these sets contains six simple steps that your child will be able to practice putting in order.
Personally, I chose not the use Velcro dots for this game, but you could easily attach them to the folder and the picture cards if you’d like.
When your game is all put together, simply give your child one of the six sets of cards and have them place each one where it belongs in the order of steps. As they master each one, move onto another.