Ladybug Math Facts File Folder Game- Addition

This addition file folder game has a ladybug theme. When children land on a space that displays the number card, they will remove a card from the card from the stack. Then they will add the number of dots on both side of the ladybug together to get a sum. Before they share the sum, you can ask children to share the number sentence represented by the dots. If they share the correct sum, they can move forward one extra space.

While the directions above are how I thought the game would played, you can make up your own rules for the game. No matter how you play it, children will have the opportunity to their addition facts.

Getting the Addition File Folder Game Ready

The printable set includes everything you need for the activity except the dice, a file folder, and game tokens. (Below you will find a list of game token ideas.

Game Token Ideas

  • Buttons
  • Bottle Caps
  • Small Lids
  • Small Pebbles
  • Beads
  • Old Game Pieces from Other Games
  • Poker Chips
  • Downloading the Set

    First, you will need to download the set.

    Second, if you don’t have Acrobat Reader you will need to download it. The algorithm page is an Acrobat Reader PDF file.

    Third, you must go to your download file and open the page.  You may be asked if you want the file to open right after you download it. You won’t have to hunt for it in your download file if you are.

    Putting the Game Together

    • While file folder games tend to last longer when the gameboard is glued to the inside of the folder, you could glue it to the outside.
    • The gameboards will also last longer if they are laminated. The gameboards can be laminated attached to the folder or on their own. It is really up to you.
    • Library pockets can be attached inside or outside the file folder to hold the game cards. The game cards can also be placed in an envelope glued to the folder.

    Rules of the Addition File Folder Game

    • Children will place a marker (button, bottle cap, bread tag, etc.) on the word Start.
    • Then they will take turns rolling a single die.
    • After they roll the will move forward that number of spaces. If they space they land has the word card on it, pick up a ladybug card. Children will share what they think the sum is. A correct sum will be awarded with a move forward one space, If the answer is wrong, they will stay on the card space.
    • The child who reaches the word End first wins the game.

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