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Published April 7th 2011
Scrapbooking, as its name suggests, is putting some scraps of papers, pictures and clippings into a book and bringing them to life.
To make learning easier, a new concept of scrapbooking, which is lap booking, has been developed for children. For example, you can make a lap book for maths that includes mini-books of their tables, days of the week, months of the year and lots more. Let your child participate in the making of the lap book. This will make the learning process, enjoyable for him. The lap book is meant to show off what he has achieved. Lap booking is an essential tool for home schoolers.
A lap book needs lots of mini-books pasted on its base.
How to get started: Make up your idea on how you want your lap book to be and which subject it covers. The lap book should be large enough to hold lots of mini-books. You can begin by making a mini scrapbook every day that covers a topic about the particular subject. You can start with mini-books that have some easy folds so that you don't waste much time in cutting and folding. Mini-books don't need to always be square in shape. You can make layered books, tabbed books, fan books, flag books, three square unfolding books, match books and so many more.
Cheapest way to get materials for srapbooking: You will need loads and loads of plain, printed and coloured papers. So, try to put aside all the wrapping papers and beautiful shopping bags that you can put your hands on. Bits of fabrics or ribbons will be useful for borders. File folders, poster board or cardstock are easy to use as a lap book base.
Photos are the most important thing in lap booking. Use photos or pictures that illustrate the topic covered. Stickers, dried pressed flowers and other embellishments will make your lap book more interesting.
• Write with coloured marker or pens to have a colourful finish.
How to make your lapbook:
You can use any heavy paper folded into a shutter fold. To make a shutter fold, fold the outer edges of a rectangular paper into the centre and here you are. Your lap book is ready. If you need more space for the mini-books, you can add some extensions from inside the folder. To view an example on how to fold a lap book, please check this website. Now that your base is ready, fix in all the mini-books. Other printables that can be pasted on the lap books are flashcards, templates, flap books and shapes that can be downloaded for free on this site.
Remember, lap booking is meant for learning and if you see that there is no aid in learning, then, it's just waste of time and money.
Check this site for more explanations and illustrations on lap booking.