This was my first lapbook creation – with my own templates and layout! We took a normal cardboard folder and cut it in half across the width and it made 2 short shutter folded lapbooks. We added an extra page which we pasted in the centre. We closed the file with brads and a pink piece of wool that wrapped around the brad.
We spent about a week doing a study on Tudor times. The girls completed the minibooks fairly quickly. Their finished lapbooks were a delight and they rushed to show anyone who visited!
This small lapbook version is far less daunting to the children (and me!) and we use it when the theme and information presented is larger than a notebook page can contain, but shorter than the conventional lapbook projects.
As you can see in the photo, I’ve attached duct tape to the side, folded it to make a tab and attached the duct tape to the back of the file. Then I just punched the duct tape and – neat – it fits into the lapbook section of our work files!
So, if you want to start small, cut your folder in half and give this size a try!