If I knew how much work this project would be, I wouldn't have started it. But now that it's done, I'm glad I have these fun file folder games on hand.
After perusing lots of different websites for free file folder games, I printed templates from filefolderfun.com. They had a nice array for preschool through third grade. You can print them in black and white, then color them in yourself, but I chose to save some time and just print them in color.
Then there's the cutting. And there's lots of cutting.
My recommendation? Don't print the game with the dinosaurs--the scales on their back are a pain to cut out. But the others were fairly easy, just time consuming.
Then there's the laminating and the velcro-ing, and cutting the lid to the envelope that holds all the pieces.
Ultimately, this project wasn't that cheap. I only have a color inkjet printer and I wanted the sheets done on a laser printer, so I had the pages printed at Kinko's. Add the cost of the lamination and this becomes a pretty pricey project. But punch some holes through the folders, throw them in a binder and you've got a compact and mobile way to entertain kids for hours.
Here are the links to the games I made:
Alphabet hearts: http://www.filefolderfun.com/PreschoolAlphabet.html
Cupcake count: http://www.filefolderfun.com/PreschoolCounting.html
Alpha animals: http://www.filefolderfun.com/KindergartenAlphabet.html
Dino colors: http://www.filefolderfun.com/PreschoolColorMatch3.html