DIY Dora File Folder Games

Does your little one love Dora? Here are some simple DIY Dora File Folder Games that you can make for your toddler or preschooler.
Dora File Folder Games

LM loves Dora the Explorer, especially the character Swiper.  So when I came across a $1 pack of Dora stickers, I knew I had to “swipe” them so that my little guy could have some learning fun.

Dora File Folder Games

For my learning center, I used a file folder.  I decorated the front just for fun and motivation and created 5 learning activities.

Dora File Folder Games
The inside contains 3 learning activities.
1.Patterns (1st activity)
Dora File Folder Games
2. Counting (use game pieces stored in the back of center)
Dora File Folder Games
3. A Counting Board Game– you will need one character each and a die. Roll the die to help Dora. Whoever gets to the finish first wins!
Dora File Folder Games


Dora File Folder Games

On the back, I put this little pocket to hold the game pieces for the different activities.  I made the matching game by placing the stickers on a sheet of construction paper, cutting out the stickers, and then laminating them. These are to be used inside for the counting activity, for the matching games, and for a rice hunt.

Matching Ideas
1. Put all of the pieces in a pile facing upward.  Take turns picking one and finding it’s match.
2. For older children, put the characters facing down and play the traditional matching game.
3. For younger children, place 5 characters on a tray and mix up the 5 matches.  Have them find the match and place it next to the ones on the tray.

Rice Play
1.Hide all of the Dora characters in the rice.  How many Swipers can you find?  Find the swipers and count.  Next, Where are all of the Doras?  Count.  Do this with all of the characters.
2. Another variation- hide one set of the characters in the rice.  Place the others on a tray.  Have your child find a character and then match it with the one on the tray.

If your child doesn’t like Dora the Explorer, keep in mind that you can make something similar with your child’s favorite characters!

One pack of stickers, many possibilities!

Written by Jen
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  • Reply Sarah Cooley

    So smart! Love it!!

    May 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm
    • Reply Jen

      Sarah- glad that you like it. Easy and fun to make.


      May 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Cora Rules

    This is a great idea!! Can’t wait to get this together and get started with the little ones!!

    May 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm
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