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How to Make a Simple Lapbook & Free Blue Templates!

 

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

We read a book about the Wright Brothers (I got free from Paperback Swap) and watched a video from the History channel (I bought used online at Amazon for $4.00) before we began the lapbook.

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.


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.

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.

4, Save Lapbook Templates

Choose the lapbook template you want to use and save into the folder created in step 1. Download free black and white Lapbook Templates here. See blue templates below.

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

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 or Gimp.
  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.

 

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.

Five Free Blue Templates

 

Do you like colored templates? Would you like to see more? Would you be interested in printable lapbook kits  made in coordinated colors?

Tell me what you think in the comments and I’ll send you a  link to the free blue templates.

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  1. julie says:

    I love your idea. I’m teaching a 8th grade lit class in our co-op. I thought i would use your idea to do a descriptive essay. thanks for making them! Awesome!

  2. Von says:

    Yes, I would like the free blue templates.

  3. kalli says:

    I just love this! I am new to lapbooking and think I am hooked! Your ideas are amazing!

  4. Colleen says:

    fantastic! Will definitely like to add these to our tools for lapbooks. thank you

  5. I would like to request the link to the blue templates. Thank you for sharing. PR

  6. Nancy Dennis says:

    I think this would be a great way to do book reports! I would love to have the blue templates. Thanks for the ideas and the templates!

  7. Sarah says:

    I have just started using lapbooks with my struggling fifth and sixth level students. As someone just learning about lapbooks and their potential, your information is great! I would appreciate your blue templates, and any further guidance or ideas anyone wishes to share.

  8. shoshana says:

    Please send me the link to the free blue templates! Thanks.

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  10. Susannah says:

    Please send me the link to the free blue templates. Thank you.

  11. Anamarie Helms says:

    These are so cool. I cannot wait to use them in the classroom!!

  12. Janice says:

    I just love your lapbooks I’ excited to see the colors!!! I have made several of these and used them at church for lessons we were doing .. Keep up the good work !! God Bless You

  13. sherry says:

    Oh how wonderful! We were just studying the Wright Brothers. This is such a blessing. My kids took a free airplane ride. We are building a model of the kitty Hawk and now a great lapbook to go with. I am truly blessed by God. Thank you for being such a blessing and providing a great lapbook. Thanks Sherry

  14. Leslie Hundt says:

    I would love the templets. Thank you, this looks fun!

  15. tanya says:

    Your site is absolutely AWESOME!!!!

  16. tanya says:

    Your site is absolutely AWESOME!!!! Great templates and information. It is a great way to learn about the bible and would love to have the templates.

    Could you kindly email me those templates?

    tazalyah@gmail.com

  17. Bonni says:

    I’m new to lapbooks. I appreciate your detailed instructions but am still trying to wrap my mind around it. I’m going to give it a shot and dive in. Please send me the blue templates. I have a mac computer. Does this matter?

  18. Ruth says:

    Please email me the templates. I hope to do a lot of lapbooks in our school this year. I’ve learned so much from your site. Thank you for making this available.

  19. Jen says:

    Loving your website and all the GREAT ideas!!! Would love the templates for this one… thanks so much! :D

  20. Mariette Snyman says:

    Don’t know where you get all the time, but your stuff is absolutely fabulous. Thank you

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  22. Tammy C. says:

    What a beautiful lapbook! We just took a field trip to Kill Devil Hills yesterday and are looking forward to making a lapbook on the Wright Brothers. Would love to have the free templates! Thanks!

  23. Kathleen says:

    We are very interested in the free blue templates as we begin to incorporate lapbooking into our study to enhance our learning.

    Blessings,
    kathy

  24. Kim says:

    Hi Robin,

    We are just getting started on your wonderful lesson plans. And I already have some of your lap books, but would like this set of blue templates for the boys..

    May the Lord bless you as you continue to work for Him, in helping many family with school.

  25. carl says:

    Very good idea for presentation. Please send me the link

  26. Rose says:

    I love this idea, I would love to incorporate lapbooks into my lessons. Please email me the link. :)

  27. Jane says:

    I’m new to the lapbook and digi scrapbooking; and so far I’m loving it. It would be wonderful to get the free blue templates.
    Thank you
    Jane

  28. Lisa says:

    Awesome! Can I get the free blue templates. Thanks!
    Lisa

  29. Lisa says:

    Thank you so much for this; it is just perfect for quick projects! I also love the idea for using Pinterest.

  30. WyoSpring says:

    Love this whole idea and want to learn how to use Pinterest and thank you beforehand for the blue templates.

  31. Marie says:

    I think this is a fabulous idea. Can not wait to start lapbooking this year with my kids

  32. Anne says:

    How creative! I lapbook with my younger children, but my oldest feels like he’s out grown it. I think he will love the digital picture option. Thanks for the ideas!

  33. Rosa says:

    Thank you for your great ideas. I would love and appreciate a copy of your free templates.

  34. Heather says:

    I am new to lapbooking. I am looking to use lapbooks to help my son with Cub Scouts. I think this will be a fun and organized way to keep track of what he accomplishes. Thanks!

  35. Connie says:

    I just discovered your website and love this idea. My grandkids will love to have these books.

  36. dallena says:

    I love the blue templates, can’t wait to use them. Thank you. My son is going to love this in his class next week.

  37. Fuffa says:

    Yes, I would like the free blue templates.

  38. Her says:

    I’m new to lapbooking (I still have to find out how it works…) and I would like to receive those free blue templates!

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  40. elaine walter says:

    i just LOVE this hole lesson not just the templates which are AMAZING but the wright brothers is something my son and i were just discussing today !! he was sooo excited to see this whole thing

  41. Jeniver says:

    Would love a link to your templates. My girls love lapbooking!

  42. Lyn Dyer says:

    I would love the free blue templates, gorgeous ideas
    Thanks

  43. Ninny says:

    Thank you for much for sharing your great ideas! I would love to have these templates for my Bible Class.

  44. Jen says:

    About to try my first lap book. I think that the various shapes of the templates would encourage the development of spatial skills. Coloured templates would be motivational and add variety for young learners. For this reason I would greatly appreciate a copy of the blue templates. Thank you and cheers.

  45. Teresa says:

    I am trying lapbooks for the first time and would like a copy of the templates to use with my poetry unit. Thanks

  46. Heather says:

    Thanks for posting this can I get the pocket template?

  47. sidran moon says:

    Hi! Lapbooks are totally new to me. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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