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Mini Lapbooks

Mini Lapbooks? What is a mini lapbook?

Open Mini Lapbook Example

Well, it is an answer to the storage issue, a breakapart flashcard system, a creative outlet in a mini size, can be part of a bigger lapbook or a self contained mini study. Also, because of its small size can be taken on a field trip and used on the go.

It is a quick, cheap and easy way to experience lapbooking and to test the waters. Or if you prefer you can use it as a simple folded mini book to add to a larger lapbook.

To create mini lapbooks you probably have everything you need already but since they are so quick you might have to replenish your supplies...just in case you might actually want to make popcorn or a to go lunch.

Not only that, there is no complicated folding or directions. Everything is nice and easy. There are built in pockets and flapovers...it is great!

As you may know by now I am big on reviewing learned material for reinforcement...so this could also be used in a different way. I am thinking maybe as a daily concept book. Using however many pages you need per day. On each page create a mini re-cap of the lessons learned that day. The next day use it to review before presenting the next lesson.

For older students mini lapbooks can be used:
  •  to create a review and test
  • to take illustrated notes or 
  • as a flashcard system. 
  • Yes, for a flashcard system, this may be slightly more expensive than just using index cards but this mini book will allow for illustrations and supporting material that can be flipped through quickly and easily.

Are You Ready to Give Mini Lapbooks a Try?

Here is what you will need:

  • 3 brown paper lunch bags (don't have 3, use 2...it's ok)
  • 2 pieces of yarn or string or twist ties or string 
  • hole puncher
  • decorating supplies-use what you have or get creative with natural things like leaves, twigs etc.
  • button (Optional)
  • glue (Optional)
  • imagination and enthusiasm

Don't have a hole puncher, use a scissors or something to poke a hole, just be very careful and have either an older child or an adult do this.

Step by Step: How to Make a Mini Lapbook

Step 1:

Mini Lapbook Step 1

Take one of the three paper bags and place it on your working surface with the flap side up.

Step 2:

Mini Lapbook Step 2

This is so easy! From the starting step position fold the paper bag in half.

Step 3:

Mini Lapbook Step 3

Repeat the fold with the remaining two paper bags.

Step 4:

Mini Lapbook Step 4

Hole punch either 2 or 3 holes on the folded edge.

Step 5:

Mini Lapbook Step 5

Hole punch all three bags.

Step 6:

Mini Lapbook Step 6                            Mini Lapbook Step 6 example 2
                               3 Examples of ways to connect                            

Using the string or twist ties or yarn or popsicle stick and rubber bands connect the three bags together into a mini booklet.

Step 7:

You now have a mini lapbook complete with built in flaps, flip ups and pockets.

You are now ready to let your student decorate the cover.
Give your student a topic, decorating supplies (markers, stickers, crayons, colored pencils etc.) and fill your lapbook.

Step 8:

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