I printed out the image of the cover of the storybook and cut it to make a puzzle for the kids to put together and glue to the cover of our lapbook.
Here is the inside of the lapbook. Joshua and Ella did the top left minibook "I Spy Circles," which has drawings and words describing circles they found in the storybook (eye, cookie, flower, etc). Underneath is the Cookie Match envelope holding cookies with numbers that can be matched to the cookies with the same number of chips. In the top middle is a mouse that Ella colored based on the color given for each mouse part. In the top right corner is Joshua's Mm Book, which has pictures of things that begin with M and dotted Mm's for him to trace. On the bottom right is Brooke's mouse craft that she colored and then glued the pieces together on blue paper.
On the back is a cute printable of a story wheel that we cut out and attached to the lapbook with a brad. As you turn the top wheel, a picture of each item the mouse wanted shows through the window. The kids loved retelling the story using this wheel.
So there you have it, our first treasured lapbook. The best thing about lapbooking is that they can be done on any level (toddler through high school) and on any subject. You can purchase one, download a free one, or just come up with your own items to go in one. It's all a matter of how in depth or how big you want to go. This week Ella chose to do one on flowers and Joshua wanted to do the Solar System, so they are getting one activity/minibook to do each day and we'll put them together on Friday. We may not do this every week, but I think it will be a great way to reinforce things they're learning about already or to help them learn new things. Here are just some of the links which helped me to learn more about this great tool and inspired me to get lapbooking. Hopefully you'll be inspired too!
1+1+1=1 -A great place to start with many other links to great lapbooking websites.
Homeschool Share -Free downloadable lapbooks and templates for activities and minibooks.
Homeschool Helper - Folding instructions for a lapbook.
Homeschool Helper - More great free lapbooks and templates.