Lapbooks are a fantastic way to gather information and piece it together for easy learning! They are a great format for themed unit studies because not only are they flexible, but you can make it as simple or as involved as you choose. Lapbooks can cover a wide span of ages from preschool to high school and supplies are minimal and inexpensive! All you need to start is a file folder – you can even pick up a 10 pack of file folders at Dollar Tree for a dollar! But, for durability you may want to go ahead and grab some that cost a little more for the quality; it really just depends on what you want to do with it.
You can download all of the instructions on how to make this fun Little House in the Big Woods Printable Lapbook here as well as read them below.
So for our first lapbook post here on Little House Living we chose, Little House In The Big Woods! It seemed so fitting with the theme of the blog and we really love all of the Little House series. After reading the book together we gathered our lapbook supplies and got started. I have even included a couple of free printables here in the post to get you started.
Little House in the Big Woods Lapbook Project
What You Need:
- Little House In The Big Woods book
- file folder
- brown & green construction paper
- glue stick
- printables (see below)
If you don’t already know how to put together a lapbook it is quite simple:
Open your file folder.
Fold both sides in half so that they meet in the center at the fold and crease sharply. If you are doing an extensive study and need more pages in your lapbook, simply repeat the first two steps and staple them together on one of the outside flaps. Afterwards, I lay it under a heavy book or two to flatten it a bit more.
First, we decided to make our cover look like a log cabin in the woods by gluing strips of brown construction paper on the flap. Cut out simple and basic shapes-rectangles, triangles, and small squares. Let your child make a collage art piece on the front to resemble Laura’s cabin and a few trees. Cutting and pasting is great for fine motor development and gave us a little bit of art class in our lapbook as well.
You can download the TITLE Page Printable here.
Cut out each word of the title and let your child put it together in the correct order for reading practice.
The inside center is somewhat like a book report in simplified form. Since I have younger children, a 2-3 page book report is too much for them, so a few lines of writing is just right. If your children are older, you might have them write anywhere from a paragraph to several pages to summarize the story and include details and then staple it to the inside center.
On the inside of the fold in flaps we wrote a bit more and also drew some pictures from various chapters throughout the book. Cut it straight down the center and put one half on each side. If it is too much writing for your younger ones, simply leave off some of the sections or let them dictate their answers to you and have you write them.
You can download the Information Printable Page here.
You can download the Activities Printable Page here.
Some additional activities you can do while putting together your lapbook are:
- Make a log cabin from Lincoln Logs.
- Use Lincoln logs to count, skip count, do addition or subtraction.
- Make Butter
- Visit a local working farm, if they allow it, to let the children help with some chores like milking cows, gathering eggs and feeding chickens.
- Blow up a balloon and play with it like the girls did with the pig bladder.
- Go to the fabric store and find calico fabric like the girls dresses were made from.
About the Author:
Jody is a work from home mom who enjoys; scrapbooking, upcycling projects, cooking, gardening, homeschooling, and reading.