What is a Lapbook and How Do you Make One?

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Lapbooking has been one of our favorite ways to learn for several years now. We’ve made so many of them that I sometimes forget that not everyone recognizes the term “lapbook” or knows how to put them together. It’s not easy to visualize what a lapbook looks like or why it’s a great learning tool if you’ve never seen one in person. Until I can go on tour as a lapbooking consultant (a dream job when my kids are grown?), I’ll try to demonstrate a how-to in pictures here.

What is a Lapbook and How Do you Make One - By Sara

What is a Lapbook?

A lapbook is a visual representation of interesting facts about a certain subject. It consists of a file folder (or folders) base with mini-books, foldables, lists, charts, graphs, layered books, and/or accordion books fixed to the base. There are actually a wide variety of ways to make the mini-books. You can find some free templates for lapbook components at Homeschool Share. We love to use these to make our own lapbooks on any subject!

How Do You Make a Lapbook?

Step 1:

Fold the file folder to make the lapbook base.

File Folder Base for a Lapbook

Some lapbookers cut the tabs off the file folders. We tend to leave ours as it helps to keep the flaps closed when we store them. It’s really up to you! As I mentioned in my previous post about lapbooking supplies, we used a colored file folder to add a little pizzazz.

Step 2:

Cut out your mini-books and put them together.

Accordion Mini Book for lapbooks

Shutter Fold mini book for lapbooking

tabbed mini book for lapbooking

These are some of the free blank templates from Homeschool Share. There are so many different ways to make lapbooks, which is why it’s a great way to work some creative, delight-directed learning into your days.

Of course, you can purchase lapbooks that are pre-designed complete with study guides from places like A Journey through Learning and Currclick.

Step 3:

Glue all the pieces on to the file folder.

Lapbook mini-book examples

{This was a lapbook we made to go along with Mr. Popper’s Penguins.}

Those are the basic steps for creating your lapbook. Of course you can be as detailed or as simplistic as you like and as is appropriate for the age of your children.

Have you ever made a lapbook? Do you have any questions about lapbooking? Let us know in the comments!

Check out my Pinterest board for more lapbooking ideas!
Follow Sara @ Embracing Destiny’s board Lapbooking on Pinterest.

 

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