Lapbooks are a fantastic way to gather information and piece it together for easy learning! Use these free printables to create a Little House in the Big Woods Lapbook.
Little House in the Big Woods Printable Lapbook Pages
Lapbooks 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.
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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 included a couple of free printables here in the post to help you get started creating your own.
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.
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 lap book, simply repeat the first two steps and staple them together on one of the outside flaps. Afterward, 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. Then, let your child make a collage art piece on the front to resemble Laura’s cabin and a few trees.
If your child is old enough, draw lines and let them do the cutting. Cutting and pasting are great for developing fine motor skills and it allows you to incorporate a little art into your lapbook as well.
Cut out each word of the title and let your child put it together in the correct order for reading practice.
You can download the TITLE Page Printable here.
The inside center a lapbook is somewhat like a book report, but in a more simplified and fun form. You can easily adjust the content of the inside to children of all ages. Since I have younger children, a 2-3 page book report is too much for them, but 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 more details, just have them staple it to the inside center.
Complete the Information Printable Page and glue (or staple) it down to the inside center of the folder.
The Activities Printable goes on the inside of the fold in flaps. Complete the page and cut it straight down the center, put one half of the sheet on each side.
On the inside of the fold in flaps, we wrote a little more and also drew some pictures from various chapters throughout the book. 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 other fun 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 as the girls did with the pig bladder.
- Go to the fabric store and find calico fabric like the girls’ dresses were made from.
- Make corncob dolls.
- Using an old can, punch holes in the sides carefully using a hammer and nail to create tin lanterns.
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About the Author: Jody is a work from home mom who enjoys; scrapbooking, upcycling projects, cooking, gardening, homeschooling, and reading.
This Little House in the Big Woods Lapbook was originally published on Little House Living in September 2014. It has been updated as of September 2019.