We are off to Brazil in our geography journey, but to wrap-up our 3 week “virtual stay” in Australia, I put together a lapbook for Smarty. It’s my first foray in lapbooking, and as I was making it I kept wondering as to how some people manage to cram them full of stuff. Our lapbook is fairly simple, but I wanted to share the resources we used:
Page 1: An envelope with a postcard from Australia that we received from Inspiration Surrounds, Creativity Abounds and Australian cards from Target geography and animal packs – Urulu, kangaroo and koala. Smarty was not interested in them at all so far.
Inside (Page 2 – Page 3) we have:
- Australia dot-to-dot
- Australian animals word search
- Australian animals mini-book'
- A snippet from Target Countries of the World book about Australia.
Page 4 was by far the most popular. I printed out Australian outfits for these paper dolls. I added “paper straps” to outfits to hold them on the dolls, but they made it too difficult for Smarty to keep clothes on, so I ended up buying removalble glue dots and stuck them on the dolls. Daughter has a lot of fun dressing and undressing her dolls – now they are all ready for the trip to Amazon rainforest. And, by the way, she colored a koala and a kangaroo on this page using dot markers – original coloring page came from here.
My opinion about this project is mixed. Smarty didn’t use it as much as I expected, at least not yet. On the other hand, I think it will be a fun memory of her “visit” to Australia, and I enjoyed putting it together. Perhaps she will enjoy looking through all these materials and doing activities when she feels like it. I am yet to decide whether I am going to put one together for Brazil. On the off chance any of my readers are in Brazil and interested in postcard exchange, please let me know :) Come and share your adventures in time and space at History/Geography exchange hosted by Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.