Making a lapbook is a great way for kids to get together all the stuff they can find out about an activity and show it off. You can see great ideas for topics here, especially our homeschool favorites on dinosaurs and rainforests.
What Are Lapbooks?
Lap books are great for helping kids learn about a topic in all sorts of different ways. It suits kids who are visual learners and those who enjoy easy crafts for kids because there's quite a lot cutting and sticking involved!
You can use lap books as a way to bring together an activity by creating a series of mini books, with each booklet looking at a different part of the topic. You can see our page on how to make lapbooks here. We've also picked out some fun homeschool ideas like Ocean Creatures, Airplanes and Zoos which work really well, particularly with younger kids.
Doing one of these activities isn't just about writing - you can add anything you like - from coins and dinosaur photographs to seashells!
When you're thinking of what your kids might enjoy, don't feel you have to put all your mini booklets in a file folder. In our homeschool we had lots of fun covering our living room walls with our dinosaur and rainforest projects - William and Catherine loved showing them off.
You can pick different formats to suit your kids. You could try a large poster sized sheet of paper like we did with our homeschool dinosaur topic or make one that's in a folder to open out.
Have fun choosing what suits your kids best!
And another useful thing is that you can adapt different subjects to different ages.
Another good idea is to use a story book as the basis for your activities. I've seen that done well with tales set in another country so you can include country facts and, if it's an animal story, drawings and facts about the main character!
Our homeschool Dinosaurs For Kids project would make a perfect topic. Here are some ideas for what would make a fantastic dinosaur lapbook:
If you look at our Dinosaur Crafts you'll see that part of the fun of our dinosaur project was to add lots of paper fold-outs, tabs and pipe cleaners to our drawings. That's a great idea for your dinosaur activities because it will make your drawings really stand out.
This is another perfect idea which you can see in our Homeschool Science rainforest for kids activities. Here are some things you could include:
Making a dinosaur lapbook or one about rainforests is a great way for kids to bring together all the stuff they know in a fun way which they can show off.
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