Friday, July 27, 2012

Basic Lapbooks

There's lots of good resources for making lapbooks out there these days.  We've done quite a few that I will probably post over time but I thought I'd start with our version of the basic template.

First, take a regular file folder, open it and fold the edges toward the original center seam.

Next, flip it over and tape a file jacket to the right edge with clear packing tape.  When you line them up, leave a small, 1/4", gap between the two so they will fold better.  Flip them both over and add another strip of packing tape to the other side.  Most lap book directions do not use a file jacket.  I've found them very helpful for providing a large pocket for storing work.  We often use our lapbooks for unit studies that span a couple of weeks.  Handwriting sheets are something I try to incorporate into our unit studies but every page doesn't really need it's own page in the lapbook, yet it still nice to keep the package together.  It's perfect for that kind of thing or any irregularly shaped object that's hard to make an interior pocket for.  It's like turning the lapbook into a lapbook/binder combo pack.

Now add some interior pages if you want more space.  I use colored card stock for the interior pages, they're stiff enough to hold up and add some color for interest and organizing.  I find for small laps, pages that open left or right, like a book, are more manageable.  However, you can go top and bottom in addition for all four directions if you want.  Again, when you line them up, add a small gap so that they fold well.  Use the clear packing tape, flip over and tape the other side.

Now cover the faces with decorative paper.  Doing all the packing tape first allows you to cover it with the decorative paper now.  I have a large stash of scrapbooking paper that we use but any paper is fine.  Adding the paper both stiffens the book, covers any manufacturers writing as well as makes it easier to identify on the shelf when you have a whole seasons worth staring at you.  I'm using this example to prep for fall and making this our Austrailia/Oceania lapbook.  Scrapbooking paper lets me choose prints that go with the theme too.  In this case, our science unit will be coral reefs so I'm choosing marine paper.  Use the file folder as your template, trace and then cut.  For glue, use glue sticks that are name brand or from the art supply store.  The office supply brands, or generics are poor quality and will not stick

Next, cover the edges in tape.  I like the colored electrical tape.  Duct tape also works well.  Target has been selling some fun decorative tape that looks like duct tape.  The quality is not very good and they don't stick well.  Masking tape, since it's meant to be removed, is also not a good choice.  The tape really adds to the durability of your lapbook by covering any edges that could peel, tear or get worn with stronger material.

Lastly, add a cover or some sort of title.

Now you're ready to fill it up!

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