Do you love file folder activities? I do- I love their portability, effectiveness, and re-useability! However, I made the mistake of buying a 9-inch laminator instead of a 13-inch laminator, so until this one breaks, I can't laminate my file folder activities. And an unlaminated file-folder activity is basically just some disorganized worksheets.
But wait! I recently discovered a hack to get use out of my file folder activities without having to laminate the folders themselves!
The secret is... plastic file folders! I got mine from Amazon for less than $12 (affiliate link provided for your convenience)
Smead Poly File Folder, 1/3 cut tab letter size, assorted colors, 24 per box (Click picture above to go to Amazon)
Step 1: Laminate the items to go into your folder (this allows you to adhere the Velcro).
Step 2: Place the loop (soft side) Velcro dot onto the folder. I went with all 4 corners, but do as you feel led.
Step 3: Place the hook (hard/scratchy) side Velcro on the back of your laminated papers.
Step 4: Attach laminated- and Velcroed- sheet to the Velcroed file folder.
Voila! You have yourself a re-positionable and reuseable file folder activity!
I've found that this works great for AAC books (I LOVE The Dabbling Speechie's AAC Starter Kit, especially the portions with the interchangeable vocabulary.) For the example above, I used Sublime Speech's Articulation Battle Boats, which work great with interchangeable pieces! Instead of making file folders for each sound, I just laminated the pages and can switch them out for the desired target sound as needed. I used washi tape on the folder tabs so I could easily change out the label as well.
And there you have it- a file folder hack to make your life easier! Do you love this, hate it, or have any other thoughts? Tell me in the comments!
Hi y'all! I'm Jill! I'm an SLP who loves to create and blog about fun, evidence-based resources that make the lives of busy SLPs easier.