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7 Simple Steps to Make a Lapbook

7 Simple Steps to Make a Lapbook

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My boys and I made this Wright Brothers Lapbook. This is a  simple and easy lapbook we completed in a few hours.

This tutorial will walk you step by step how to make an easy lapbook.

The simplest lapbook includes one main image in the center and surrounded by six 3.5 x 3.75 booklets (It could also  four 3.5 booklets in the center surrounded six 3.5 x 3.75 booklets or several other combinations.)

This lapbook includes:

  • One cover
  • Five 3.5 x 3.75 stapled booklets
  • One stapled octagon booklet
  • One large 8.5 x 11 scrapbook page

Wright Brothers Resources

Get Organized

1. Make a File Folder on Your Computer

Create a file folder named “_____LapBook” on your computer. This is where you will store all your images, notes, and templates.

2. Find and  Save Images to Pinterest

I use a  free Internet tool to save images called Pinterest (it aso saves the link to the image location). I have several different Pin Boards” I created a Pin Board called Wright Brothers.

The boys and I looked through the website on the Wright Brothers When I find a page with an image I click Pin It from my tool bar.  You could use a bookmark program like Delicious or Evernote instead.

Follow Heart of Wisdom’s board Homeschool Unit Study: Wright Brothers on Pinterest.

See my Pinterest Folders here. See my Wright Brothers Pinterest here.

NEAT IDEA: If homeschoolers saved images and tagged with the word Lapbook” we could share images and find lapbook Pin Boards easy. Try it now. Go to Pinterest and search the word Lapbook.

STEP 3. Save Images to Your Computer

Once your images are in Pinterest you can right click each image  and save into the folder on your computer created in step 1.

STEP 4.  Save Lapbook Templates

Choose the lapbook template you want to use and save into the folder created in step 1.

STEP 5. Make a List of  Booklets

I used the Table of Contents and timeline from the Wright Brothers book to get inspiration for booklet templates. We wanted to document the things the boys found the most interesting. We chose these seven facts:

  1. First Flight (main image center)
  2. Young Orval and Wilbur
  3. Inspirational Toy Helicopter
  4. First Bicycle Shop
  5. Glider Tragedy
  6. Three Problems to Overcome
  7. Kitty Hawk NC Map

STEP 6. Create the Booklets

I used digital scrapbook techniques to make the booklet and scrapbook page in coordinating colors in Photoshop. The scrapbooking step is optional.

Making  Booklets on Your Computer

  1. Download and save the templates to your computer.
  2. Open the template in a photo editing software like Photoshop Elements.
  3. Place the images onto the booklet templates.
  4. Add titles to booklets.
  5. Have students type in copywork (or add handwriting after printing).
  6. Save the file in your lapbook folder.
  7. Print on a color printer. I used photo paper (I bought a huge pack from an overstock store). You can use regular paper or cardstock.
  8. Staple pages together to make a booklets.

Creating Paper Booklets

  1. Download and save templates to your computer.
  2. Print the templates on to paper or card-stock.
  3. Re-size the images smaller than the booklets in MS Word  or a photo editing software.
  4. Glue images on the covers
  5. Children can write inside pages or type in text on the computer, print out trim and glue onto booklet.
  6. Staple pages together to make a booklets.

The Middle Image

I made a digital scrapbook page for the center of this lapbook. There are many video tutorials on this blog explaining how to digi scrap if you are interested.

If you don’t want to use a scrap page you can use a large image, small booklets, a stack of work sheets, or anything you please. I made this scrap page for the back of the lapbook.


STEP 7. Make the Lapbook Cover

You are going to cut your cover in half so it will open in the middle. Trace the opening edge of the fold of the file folder.

Cut the cover in half on the traced line and glue to the lapbook.

Glue booklets into lapbook.

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