Two years ago when I started “Tot School” with Greyson, I’ve loved using lapbooks. They are great space savers, and you can manipulate them to accomplish pretty much any educational goal you may have!
Not sure what a lapbook is?
-A lapbook is an inexpensive portfolio or collection of mini-books, flaps, and folded display material, that provides interactive space for drawings, stories, graphs, graphics, timelines, diagrams, and written work, from any topic, unit study, book you choose, gathered, glued, and creatively displayed in a colored standard sized cardboard folder, often folded in a “shutter-fold” (though our family doesn’t), that fits in your lap. <Johanna Whittaker (c) 2008>
This is a much more concise explanation: A lapbook is a project book or file folder, laid out in a creative manner, that fits in the child’s lap.
Due to some major (exciting) changes in our family, I am going to be creating a lot more of these lapbooks. I love how small they are – but are still able to pack a huge educational punch. I will be updating all of you soon (next week) on the exciting news! (And no we are not moving / downsizing).
So today I am going to share with you this fun lapbook just in time for “May Flowers” that will grow with your child.
How to get started:
- Print off your documents (click the button above to download)
- cut out your flowers – and rectangles (colors and site words)
- GLUE your flowers to the manila folder (see the image above for spacing)
- I like to laminate my rectangles, but you do not have to. then put a Velcro dot on both the rectangle and one to the left or right of your glued flower.
- Depending on your child’s age have them work on either matching the colors OR have them start sounding out the site words to find the correct color word!
Lapbooks are fantastic for road trips. Keep your Velcro pieces in a Ziploc baggie attached to the manila folder with a paperclip.
I am hoping to take lapbooks to the next level by combining multiple ones together to make books that have multiple foldouts and activities! And as always, I will be sharing all of them with you!