What is a lapbook? Learn more about this low-cost, hands-on learning activity.
A lapbook is a hands-on way to organize all the learning materials about one topic. Little learners cut and paste items about the topic into a basic, organizational folder. When your lapbook is complete, it creates a nice little package for your child to keep in his or her lap – hence, the name lapbook.
Lapbooks are used for many different subjects in many different ways. Weather, Revolutionary War, you name it! They are a great way to organize all of the foldables, notes, and projects your kids are making into one place. Plus, they are just plain FUN!
Cyndi from Knowledge Box Central knows a lot about lapbooks. Not only does she use lapbooks, she also designs and sells them on Educents! She explains why lapbooks are great for hands-on learning tools in this video.
Lapbooks can take some getting used to, but there are so many educational benefits to giving these projects a try!
How to use lapbooks as learning tools:
- Visual learners – Integration of color psychology challenges brain development through visual stimulation and pattern seeking.
- Kinesthetic learners are ‘do-ers,’ and love learning by completing the activities.
- Logical learners will love the step-by-step order and pattern seeking.
- Social learners – Lapbooks are great for the social setting (i.e. classroom or co-op).
- Solitary learners – Student instructions are included for independent workers to follow on his/her own.
- Multi-age classrooms – Lapbooks can be adapted to any age group. Older students can expand on study guides through more research and activities. Younger students can be guided more closely with supervision and help in order to understand the material.
What people are saying about lapbooks:
- The first time I saw one, it reminded me of the old “pop-up” books from my childhood! These may include maps, vocabulary, creative writing, coloring/drawing, questions & answers, graphic organizers, and more. –Cyndi, Knowledgebox Central
- Lapbooks are a fun way to show a concept, in one succinct place. They can be simple, elaborate or anything in between. I find they hold the kids’ attention, without being overly “teachy.” -Niki, homeschool mom of Midlife Mommy Adventures
- Our family fell in love with lapbooks a few years ago! I love how they engage each of my children in the material and give them a completed project at the end for future reference. Then when they are done with that unit or book they have a resource to look back on for questions later on. –Kris, Book Wishes
Lapbooks for hands-on learning:
- Ezra Jack Keats Author Study Lapbook – Complete an author study on Ezra Jack Keats while creating a lapbook to show off all of the hard work!
- Wars Around the World Lapbooks – Teach the history of war with 11 downloadable lapbooks about the American Revolution, World Wars, and more!
- A-Z Letter Lapbooks – This is a full year of lapbooking about the 26 letters of the alphabet.
- Frozen-themed Copywork & Lapbook – The Frozen Lapbook is filled with fun booklets that bring out some hidden life lessons.
- Weather Lapbook – Use this interactive weather lapbook to get your students excited about your science lessons!
- Exploring the Human Body Lapbook Package – This fun, hands-on set includes 10 lapbooks, each one about a different Human Body System! Includes circulatory, digestive, endocrine, skeletal, and five more systems.