As I put together the material into a file folder game, my reservations fled. This is such a cute product!
Here’s how it came together: First I taped a page of cardstock into the middle of my folder so I would have four “pages” inside for four mats. I glued graphics and a pocket for instructions on the front, and then two pockets for circle cards on the back. One pocket had color/picture cards, while the other had English and Spanish word cards.
We played this a few ways: 1) matching cards with their identical spot on the mats; 2) matching picture cards on the color mat or the word mat, etc.; and 3) a standard memory game – placing the cards face down and then matching color/picture/words.
In addition to this, there were two cut-and-paste worksheets covering the same concepts.
What I Liked: The penguin graphic is adorable! We will definitely be bringing the game back out when we study Antarctica later this year.
I enjoyed all the different variations covering the simple color topic. The game options as we played them were progressively more difficult – a nice way to ease into things like Spanish words.
What I Didn’t Like: I would have liked all of the words to be consistent with the English word mat – where “black” was in a black font, “grey” in a gray font, and “white” in an outlined font. As it was – all the word cards and the Spanish mat were in black font only.
This next isn’t a dislike, just an FYI: the spelling of “grey” may be an issue for some Americans. Personally, I appreciate the international flavor!
Rating: Overall, I’ll give this a 4 out of 5.