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This was my first time making a Tot Book. I had to studied the picture 1+1+1=1 for quite awhile trying to figure out exactly how she made that lap book. The pictures made it look bigger than it really was but after reading the instructions, staring at the picture for what seemed like forever, and just using my brain, I figured it out :-) I thought I would share some pictures of what I did and also what I learned for next time. The first Lap Book that I made was based on Nemo.
1+1+1=1. I printed out each of the pages on card stock and laminated them. Above are the Numbers with Nemo pages. I stapled them together on the edges and than used packing tape to adhere the back page to the file folder.
The biggest thing I learned was that I should print the pages on standard typing paper, not card stock. The lamination makes them strong enough to handle but not so thick for the items that need to be folded. Also, double sided tape is a MUST for these books. It holds things together well without folding tape over. I did wonder if Rubber cement might hold the books to the file folder better . . .so I might pick some up and experiment with it just to see how it works.
I love these little lap books because there are so many things for little eyes to look at! Josh was very interested in this as I was putting it together and he recognized the characters from his favorite movie :-)
Musings of Me. I love that the cards are the size of 1/2 sheet of a paper. I think I'm going to pick up some small Velcro circles so that Josh can match the shamrocks to the cards and stick them on. He likes Velcro :-)
I also put this file folder game together that you can find at Christian Preschool Printables. The true purpose of this game, matching odd and even numbers, is something that my kids are quite ready yet but, I like that he can do number recognition. These games are awesome because they are so easy to put together. Just print the pages from the site. I than laminated them and adhered them to the file folder with double-sided tape.
So, that's what we are working on so far. As I knew would happen we haven't gotten through a lot this week due to being gone one day and the flu hitting my little guy on Wednesday but he has enjoyed some time with these activities. I will try to do better with getting some "action" photos next week!!
Also, one of my favorite blogs, Musings of Me is hosting a CSN store giveaway for a gift certificate! I've checked out the stores and there is a ton of things that you could get :-) So check out her site and add your comments for a chance to win (Notice I put this at the end of my post . . .I hate making my odds go down LOL) Really, check out her site - it is awesome!!
One last misc piece of info - did you know that the ABC song and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star have the same melody? Go ahead, sing them, you know you want to? LOL Seriously - I did not know that until today; to make it worse - Mr. Music aka as my husband didn't believe me when I told him so we each had to sing one of the songs at the same time. . .. hahahaha