Find out what a lapbook is and get started with our free ideas to make your own on rainforests, space and dinosaurs.
Doing one of these activities isn't just about writing - you can add anything you like from coins and dinosaur photographs to seashells!
Lapbooks 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 crafts 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 to find out:
We've also picked out some fun homeschool ideas like Ocean Creatures, Airplanes and Zoos which work really well, particularly with younger kids.
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 - our children 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 cardstock 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!
How about making this fabulous dinosaur lapbook made by Laura and her son?
Laura gives some tips of what to put in your lapbook here:
Please note that the book link on this page is an affiliate link so if you buy I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Our homeschool Dinosaurs project would make a perfect topic.
How about adding:
If you look at our Dinosaur activities for kids 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.
For younger children, you can get this free lap book where you can have all sorts of pirate fun by adding mini-books with pirate words and a find the treasure game.
You'll find it at the bottom of her page.
This is another perfect idea which you can see in our homeschool science rainforest for kids activities. Here are some things you could include:
Here's the Space lapbook Bianka and her son made.
"(It was our) first time making a lap book. We covered the sun, moon and stars. We used encyclopedias, nature magazines and the net for reading and research. This link has printable pages you can use."
~ Bianka, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group
You can find lots of useful space resources, including this free planets printable, on my space page here.
Making a lapbook is a great way for kids to bring together all the stuff they know in a fun way which will really help them learn.
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