How to Make a Lap Book - A FREE Lapbook Template
Lap Books are everywhere! If you like hands-on projects, interactive notebooks, or creative ways to engage your students in learning, then you may want to give lapbooks a try. Today’s post is on how to make a lap book with just a few simple items! Plus, download a FREE Book Report Lapbook Template for teachers and homeschooling families for use with your students!
When I first heard of lapbooks and saw some samples that other teachers had made, I was afraid it would be too time-consuming and project-heavy without a focus on real learning. I was wrong. (Don’t tell my husband I said that…he may write it down for future reference!) 😉
Lap books do not have to be huge, multi-paged contraptions. They are actually quite simple to make. Here is how to create a basic lap book, using ONE file folder. 😀 I’m a simple gal at heart!
- 1 file folder
- 1 sheet colored construction paper (or cardstock)
- glue stick
- colored pencils, crayons, extra paper
Place the file folder open flat on the table.
Fold each side of the folder inward toward the center fold. Crease strongly on the 2 new folds. (It should look like a French Door.)
Cut a piece of heavy construction paper or card stock and glue it to the inside back wall of the lap book. This not only reinforces and strengthens the back wall, but it also adds some color to the project.
Add interactive notes, titles, research, and any desired features to your lap book.
That’s all there is to it! Simple, easy, and fun. There are so many different projects for which you can use lapbooks – book reports, famous person project, history report, all about me, math display, creative writing project, and so much more!
Interested in trying a lapbook with a FREE printable template? Click HERE to download the FREE Book Report Lapbook! It includes photo examples, easy-to-follow directions, and ALL the printable templates you need to complete the project with your kiddos. Here are some photos of the completed project:
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