How To Make A Lapbook
Lapbooks are a great way to have a hands-on learning experience with your kids. Lapbooks work great with children of all ages. I always get asked two questions: What is a lapbook and how to make a lapbook yourself?
What is a lapbook?
Before we talk about how to make a lapbook, let’s quickly review what a lapbook is. Lapbooks are generally made out of file folders. Using the file folder you make a few folds and you create a fun little “mini-book” of sorts.
You then print out your lapbooking pages which will include fun hands-on activities such as pockets, fold up tabs, and more. This is a great way to put the focus on a subject your child is really interested in or to enhance your current studies.
Once the lapbook is completed you can easily store it away later for future review. For older children you can have an “open lapbook quiz” and they can have fun digging through their lap books again!
How To Use A Lapbook In Homeschooling?
You can use lapbooking to bring a subject to life! You will be surprised at how much information is retained when a child builds their own lapbook on the subject!
For older kids, you can set them loose on their own researching adventure to fill in all the information in their lapbook on their own. This is a great way to build independent learning skills!
For younger children, you can sit down with them and help them discover new things as you cut, color, and paste your lapbook together. This is a great way to give direction on how to properly do research, plus also a ton of fun!
There are a few basic lapbooking supplies to get started. All of which are affordable and super easy to find.
- File Folders – tan or colored
- Scissors and glue
- Tape and double-sided tape
- Makers and crayons
- Printer and paper (I like Astro brights for younger children!)