So, you want to make a lapbook, but you need some inspiration. You are in the right spot. Homeschool Share is a huge lapbook hub, and we have a billion creative lapbook ideas for you to add to your homeschool curriculum or classroom themes.
What Is a Lapbook?
If you are brand new to lapbooking, please spend some time reading this How to Make a Lapbook post. It is packed with all the lapbook basics: how to make a lapbook, the benefit of lapbooks, lapbook supplies, and how to store lapbooks. Find even more information in our All About Lapbooks post.
Lapbook Ideas for the Entire Year
You can search and find lapbook inspiration for every month and season as well as holidays in these posts. Build up your unit studies with these lapbook ideas.
- January Lapbook Ideas
- February Lapbook Ideas
- March Lapbook Ideas
- April Lapbook Ideas
- May Lapbook Ideas
- June Lapbook Ideas
- July Lapbook Ideas
- August Lapbook Ideas
- September Lapbook Ideas
- October Lapbook Ideas
- November Lapbook Ideas
- December Lapbook Ideas
Lapbook Ideas for Bases
What can you use as the base for a lapbook?
The traditional choice is a file folder, refolded. However, if you don’t have any file folders, of if you want to be a bit creative, you could use a variety of materials.
Make a lapbook on a poster board to create a dramatic display!
If you want something larger and showier than a poster board, try a tri-fold board. This is especially useful for geography fair or literature fair projects.
I have even cut up tri-fold boards into six pieces and used the smaller pieces for projects. The pieces open and shut like a cupboard door and are amazingly sturdy.
Three-hole punch card stock and add the mini-books to the pages. Store the pages in a three-ring binder.
Lapbook Cover Ideas
Some people like to keep it simple when they design a lapbook. You can simply refold the file folder and move on. However, others want a cute or fun cover. Here are a few ideas.
You can make a vertical piece to glue on one side of the front of the lapbook.
If you are using a double lapbook, you can simply glue a full page to the front.
If you want to be more fancy, you can use the cover to reinforce the lapbook’s topic.
You could make the lapbook in the shape of a house, a tree, a treasure chest, or even a castle. The possibilities are endless.
Let your student’s creativity take over!
One simple way to spice up the outside of the lapbook is to cut the page in half to fit the cover and glue it on. Coloring pages are a great choice for covers.
Some like to add an image to the center section of the open lapbook. This will decorate the lapbook whether it is opened or closed.
Lists of Lapbooks
If you are looking for themed lapbooks that are already made for you, try these lists that include our most popular lapbooks. The lists includes dozens of free lapbooks as well as a few found in the shop.
Find all of our animal lapbooks indexed on this page. It includes popular animals such as ants, bears, cats as well as more unique animals like the sloth and platypus.
Are you hoping to travel around the world? You can with our geography lapbooks. Check out the master list here.
Literature Based Lapbooks
Jump into a great story and make a lapbook about it. This list of literature based lapbooks offers options for preschool through upper elementary.
If you are ready to create your own lapbook, check out our huge selection of lapbook templates. You’ll find free dozens and dozens of free templates for matchbooks, flip books, layer books, fans, accordions, and more!
Use these templates to add to a lapbook it, or create your own lapbook from scratch.
If you are ready for more advanced DIY templates, try some of these:
We also have a set of editable lapbook templates in the shop. This set is customizable–allowing you to add images and text in the font of your choice.
Items You Can Add to a Lapbook
Mini-books are the obvious choice when you are making a lapbook, but the fun doesn’t stop there.
Your students can add a huge variety of items to their lapbooks. Even if you are using a pre-made lapbook, consider asking your student what other ideas he has to add to the lapbook. This helps your student take ownership and makes the project one of a kind.
Scan these ideas to spark your imagination.
- Brochures (especially wonderful for adding information to geography lapbooks)
- Coloring Pages (shrink to 60% when you print to make it smaller for a lapbook, or print full size and add it to the back cover)
- Crossword Puzzles (have your student create his own)
- Drawings (let your student draw a life cycle or a diagram and add it to the lapbook)
- Small Parts Envelopes (this can hold small items like cut out vocabulary words, parts of a Bible verse, or anything else your student can imagine)
- Standard Envelope (this can hold a writing assignment, a letter, or small index cards)
- Stickers (my boys loved adding thematic stickers to their lapbooks when they were small)
- Colored Envelopes
- Library Envelopes
- Finger Puppets or Popsicle Stick Puppets (great when you are lapbooking a story such as a fairy tale and want your student to retell or narrate the story)
- Graphs (create them here and paste them into your lapbook)
- Maps (shrink to 60% when you print to make it smaller for a lapbook, or print full size and add it to the back cover)
- Paper Dolls (great for history and geography lapbooks); Find more here (scroll down)
- Postcards (real or created)
- Postage Stamps
- Poems (add an applicable poem or let your student write one and add it)
- Photographs (historical photographs from online or current photographs of your child completing a project or on a field trip related to the lapbook)
- Recipe Cards
- Report or Paragraph written by your student
- Science Experiment Results
- Songs (add an applicable song or let your student write one and add it)
- Venn Diagram
- Vocabulary Words and Definitions
- Watch a Movie (and add some of these mini-books)
- Word Searches (have your student create her own)
- Worksheets (cut up and added to a mini-book)
- Ziploc Bag (taped into your lapbook with packing tape to hold items)