Friday, March 21, 2008

Lapbooking Resources

March 21, 2008

Lapbooking is something I've always been intrigued by and always wanted to do, but it hasn't been until this past year that we've actually tackled a lapbook. Actually, we began the botany lapbook last year but put it aside until recently. The coral reef book we did as part of our ocean unit study a couple of months ago.

There has been a lot of interest expressed in our support group recently about lapbooks, so we decided our next roundtable should focus on lapbooks. Several moms brought samples of lapbooks they'd made, including the totally awesome ones by this fellow blogger, whose lapbooks were a huge hit. Although I am not by any means an expert, I did compile the following list of lapbooking resources to hand out at our meeting. My goal: to add in at least a few lapbooks each year!

Lapbooking Resources

This fantastic site is a great place to start when you want to create lapbooks. This includes basic how-to lessons on everything from planning to folding to making books. Includes lots of free downloads, photos, videos, and so much more. Lots of links to other sites are listed, including links to pictures of real homeschooling families’ lapbooks. While you’re at Squidoo, don’t miss the link to specific themes at

Lapbook Lessons:
This is a Christian-Run site for freelLapbooks and lapbook video lessons! You'll find quick and easy tips for making lapbooks. You can watch videos and learn how to make your own templates and books, and surf lapbooking blogs for more tips, tricks and ideas. Print their free lapbooks or make your own. (formerly the Homeschool E-Store) has a free download every week, and often this will be a lapbook from the Hands of a Child.

Free Lapbooks from Homeschool Share
Includes dozens of literature units, various themes (polar animals, tigers, trains, wild dogs, and many more), books based on the Five in a Row curriculum, and links to many other free downloads.

Free Downloadable Mini Books: Includes all letter of the alphabet, some bible stories, holiday stories, and more.

More downloadable mini books, plus how-to-make all sorts of books:

View Lapbooks: Here’s a great place on Flickr to view lapbooks, just to get ideas:

To purchase:
• Dinah Zike’s Big Book of Books and Other Activities. Available at Rainbow Resource ( for $19.95.
• Evan Moor History Pockets and Literature Pockets are great reproducible books for lapbooking. You can make the pocket-books as explained in the guide, or you can make them into lapbooks. You can view the titles here.
• Hands of a Child: Known as “the premier lapbook provider.” Their kits are downloadable e-books complete with everything you need for the finished project except the paper and folder. You can download their catalog for free at the website.
• Knowledge Box Central: Has lapbook kits to purchase in a variety of subjects, from history to Bible to science and many more!
* A Journey for Learning: Has lapbook kits to purchase, including Apologia, Geography Matters, and even Veggie Tales!

Lapbooking Yahoogroups:
Lapbooking Made Simple

Do you have some to add? Please let me know in the comments!

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Saturday, March 22, 2008 - Untitled Comment

Posted by BChsMamaof3 (

What a great lapbook! I've got a multiplication one in the works right now :) That's to bad that it's lost its fun this year, but I'm the same with having the cores for my younger two, but I'm looking forward to picking out stuff for K *grin* I'm not sure if I'll stay with sonlight for a full core for the coming year or not since I have added in some different things with this year that I think we're enjoying more. One perk is that our dollar is doing so good now that it won't be as expensive to by from them as it has been in the past! Yay :)
Have a wonderful Easter weekend,

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Saturday, March 22, 2008 - Wish I could have been at the lapbook meeting

Posted by jenmcintyre (

LOVE your wild flower pictures. I take pictures every year. You would think I had enough :)

My favorite was the botanists trying to identify the bush(?)

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Monday, March 24, 2008 - Untitled Comment

Posted by (

thanks for the great resources. i always think i'll try something like this and then never get around to it. but they look great.

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Monday, March 24, 2008 - There's one..

Posted by ComfyDenim (

I love the idea of lapbooking - but haven't figured out how to make it all work. Maybe I should see about finding one to go with the states. ANYWAY -- there's one resource I know of... - and they have a yahoo group to share ideas and pictures.

I agree with you about the Big Book of Books. It was a purchase last year as part of our curriculum..and it was very worth it! Thank you for sharing your treasure trove of information. I'll be saving it for later inspiration.

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Monday, March 24, 2008 - great blog!!!

Posted by journeyinto (

I came upon your blog today and I am so glad I did... what a great lapbook!

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Thursday, April 10, 2008 - Lapbooking Starter

Posted by jmcwnz (

Great to see you hooked on Lapbooking.

Try these sites - and a webquest (of sorts) on various topics (eg human body, butterflies, pets) at

Have fun!
Johanna in NZ

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Thursday, April 10, 2008 -

Posted by amtell (

They have a lot of different free lapbooks

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