Ben's First Lapbook!

While Faith has been homeschooling, Ben has been tagging along, when & where he wants to. For our Texas road trip, I did make him some things to do as well, so he wouldn't be too bored when Faith & I were working on her schoolwork.

I decided to help him put his stuff together in a lapbook. I don't love the file folder concept, because the manila is boring and I don't have colored ones. Instead, we used large construction paper and folded it the same way. It's blue & red for Texas of course!

The outside cover:

Ben wrote his own name and cut the letters out on my Sizzix.

The inside, still folded together:

The inside, all opened up:

Left panel has a fold out Texas flag that tells the three colors and what they mean and a picture of Davy Crockett that says "Davy Crockett fought at the Alamo". Ben colored the flag and traced the names of the colors, plus colored the Davy Crockett picture.

Middle section is a dot-to-dot in the shape of Texas and a picture of the Alamo that folds down with what Ben told me about the Alamo. He did the dot-to-dot and colored the Alamo. His dictation was:
"The Alamo is in San Antonio. Texas and Mexico had a battle there. There are cannons in the Alamo."

Right panel is a counting bats activity and a "matchbook" of Texas symbols. He colored and counted the bats, then traced the numbers, and he colored all the pictures inside the matchbook.

Our Texas Reads:
Armadilly Chili by Helen Ketteman
Bubba the Cowboy Prince by Helen Ketteman
The Great Texas Hamster Drive by Eric A. Kimmel
The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie De Paola
Little Britches and the Rattlers by Eric A. Kimmel


  1. When I first got my sizzix - I thought - what a cool toy for me, but now that the girls are doing preschool - I think, "I'm so happy I bought it now because I use it for a ton of preschool stuff as well." :)

  2. It looks great, and I liked Ben's Alamo story. I kind of admire everyone's lapbooks, but don't see any reason to make one for my one and only. Maybe when she is older and can participate more actively, I will reconsider :)

  3. Our kids have loved making lapbooks! How fun to learn about the state you are living in too! :)

    Thanks for joining up with us!



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