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How to Make a Lapbook?File folder – you need a nice colored file folder. You open it up and then fold in both sides half way so that it opens like window shutters. This way allows you to place mini books both on the inside and outside of your file folder. Mini books – these are paper templates that you cut out that create little booklets for your child to fill in. These can be as simple as a piece of paper folded in half or as intricate as accordion books or wheels. They can be really neat. You can take a look at these free templates to see how each booklet is made or these one here. Paper – you can print out the mini books onto card stock, construction paper, or colored paper to jazz up your lapbook. I’m cheap and usually just have printer paper on hand. This allows your child to color them in as they like. Organization – you can allow your child to organize your lapbook anyway you’d like or if you completing one about a book, you could have a mini book about characters, theme, plot, climax, resolution and so on and allow your child to place them in a sequential manner. Supplies: The Ultimate Lap Book Handbook for more info about lapbooks. To start you off there are some awesomes sites for free lapbook or notebooking pages. You can always start off with free resources to see if you like creating lapbooks and then move onto paid options if you’re into them. Free sites
- Hands of A Child – check out their freebie section there is always a free lapbook or notepack that is free for download that gets changed every couple of months. They also have a $5 lapbook of the week that they feature. I’m also on their mailing list because they always run a lot of promotions so you know first hand when they have a sale. I don’t like to purchase lapbooks at full price if I can help it
- A Journey Through Learning – if you sign up for their newsletter you get a free lapbook, this gives you the chance to see if you like their material or not.
- Homeschool in the Woods – their lapbooks are very meaty and contain a lot of great info.
- Curr Click – Currclick sells both Hands of a Child and A Journey through Learning lapbooks so I always like to check both sites to see who has the better deal.