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This lapbook was made by a friend and her six year old daughter. I’m calling it a lapbook, although the format of the presentation is not the usual lapbook style, instead sheets of card have been threaded together,accordian style, as illustrated in the picture below.


accordian style

This lapbook was made around the time of Eid-Ul-Adha, inside there are links made between the life of Ibraheen (as) and the Hajj.

overview of contents

The photo above shows an overview of the lapbook contents when the book is opened and laid flat. The full story of Ibraheen (as) is very long and detailed, this project looks at a few key aspects, suitable for a younger learner.

first page

The first page (above) features sections on the Ibraheem (as) asking “Who is my Lord?”, the breaking of the idols, and the fire into which Ibraheen (as) was thrown.

the fire that cooled

Who is my Lord? foldstory of Zam Zam

In the blue inset is a booklet about the story of Hajar, the wife of Ibraheen (as), and the spring of Zam Zam. The cut out is shaped as the hills of Safa and Marwa.

Underneath this section, on the orange card is a picture of the three jamaraat, and some writing relating to why they are there.

first page

the jamaraat

On the final page (red card), at the top there is a cotton wool sheep with some writing about the sacrifice of Ismail (as), and below that there is a pop up fold about Eid-ul-Adha, linking the two.

Eid pop up

This project was made around the time of Eid-ul-Adha, as a background to understanding that festival. For an older child this project could be further developed by including more incidents from the life of Ibraheem (as), such as the building of the Kabah and the birth of his son Ishaaq (as). Also the links between the story and the rituals of Hajj could be gone into in more depth.

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This lapbook is an excellent example of how flexible a lapbook project can be. It can start with an interest in one area, and branch out to include lots of related information, but still form one coherent project when complete.

This lapbook project was done by a friend’s five year old son, because he wanted to do something about tigers. On the way he found out lots of other things too.

tiger in a jungle

First the tiger information. The colouring page was taken from Enchanted Learning.

The questions are printed on card, with answers underneath.

facts and pic

tiger puzzles

With younger learners especially the lapbook project can include plenty of fun elements, like these puzzles.

 On the right of the book there is a section on animals and their babies, using thumbnail images with labels for the adult and young of various animals.

tiger fact flaps

In the section above flaps with headings such as “classification”, “diets”, “habitats” can be lifted to reveal more tiger information.

classification pockets

For the final section of this project cut outs of different types of animals have been collected into pockets, so that “omnivores”, “solitary animals”and so on are collected together. The sister whose son worked on this project can’t remember where the images she used came from, but I would suggest that a similar effect could be achieved by using animal pictures collected from clipart sites, colouring pages etc, sorting them and labelling the actual pockets with “animals with stripes”, “herd animals” and so on. A few facts could be written on the back of the pictures. These links could be useful for this:

Animal Classification project

Classifying and sorting fun

back cover

Does the back cover of a lapbook sometimes seem to get wasted? Here good use has been made of the back cover! Tiger stripes have been coloured onto the orange paper, which has then been attached to card and stapled to make a strong pocket. Inside there is a printed out and coloured in early reading book from www.readinga-z.com, with a tiger theme of course!


The following links could be useful for making a project similar to this one:

World Wild Life – Tigers

Kids for Tigers (name suggests site is aimed at tigers, to educate them about kids, but the reverse is true, it has some good activities)

Kids National Geographic

Animal printables

More animal pictures

Animal Classes

Just collect a varity of cut-outs and printouts from these sources, copy down the facts that are most interesting, stick it all together, and you have made a fun lapbook!

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This is an example of a simple introduction to the five pillars of Islam, suitable as a project for younger learners. This lapbook was made by a friend’s five year old son.

cover, 5 Pillars lapbook

This project was made during Ramadan, that is why the cover refers to fasting. For colouring pages for a lapbook cover, try Islamic Lapbooking.

inside view

inside salaah and fasting minibooks

I think the pictures explain the content of this lapbook. The flip flap book on the Virtues of Ramadan opens to show bits of information in little “windows”. The layered book on salaah illustrates both the order of the prayers and their timings. Notice that the shade of the papers used illustrates the day, night, dawn and dusk skies.

Altogether this is a very visual lapbook, with use of colour and illustration to highlight the key facts. Great for younger learners.

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This is a very simple preschool Islamic Studies lapbook that I made last summer with my daughter. At the time we were also studying the name of Allah, Al-Khaliq, the Creator. We made a poster to display the name at that time. Looking back  I think it would be good to make “Al-Khaliq” the centrepiece of the front cover of the lapbook.



Inside the lapbook I made simple shape folds on the following themes:

Allah made trees (tree shape)

Allah made everything (wave shaped). This may seem like an unnecessary category, but I wanted to include the sun, stars, fire, mountains and so on, and needed a simple way to group them. I did not want to make a long list!

Allah made fruit (orange shaped)

Allah made animals (turtle shell shaped)

Allah made insects (woodlouse shaped)

Allah made birds (nest shaped)

Allah made vegetables (onion shaped)

Inside each fold we stuck example pictures. Some of these were cut out from leaflets I had, most of the others were taken from colouring books. To add more colour we stuck cut outs from a flower catalogue in the gaps.

This is a very simple project to do. It practises sorting skills and how to categorise, teaches vocabulary (names of the vegetables etc), and teaches a basic Islamic concept. Not to mention cutting, sticking and colouring skills.

trees, everything, fruit, animals




animals and fruit


insects, birds and vegetables

These are the folds I chose. There are so many more you could add; Allah made me/ my family, using photos; Allah made flowers, planets, reptiles…etc. Much of the learning for this project takes place as your child chooses what categories to include, so be sure to include the child in the planning and design!

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I took the idea for this lapbook from a set of lessons devised some years ago by a friend. The original lessons were given to a group and involved lots of role play, discussions and verbal games. I did not feel that the lessons in their original form could be easily delivered to only one or two children, but I wanted to present the same concepts. I just needed a different format.

The project begins from the ayat on the cover of the lapbook: “And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).”  Adh-Dhariyat: 56.

The concepts are as follows:

To explain the meaning of worship (to be understood by young children) as pleasing Allah, obeying Him, and doing what He commands us to do.

To emphasise that worship of Allah is an integral part of our everyday lives, and should be the intention behind our every action.

To relate the concept of worship to the reality of the life of a young child, by giving them practical things they can do now, to worship Allah. For this reason actions such as Hajj or paying zakat are not included as these are not things a young child can do. However salaah is included, as young children can always join in the salaah, to the best of their ability.

There are many, many examples which could be included in such a lapbook project, but to avoid the work becoming too lengthy, and thereby boring I have limited the content. This is a very flexible project which is easy to personalise to match the experiences of the child. For example, a child whose father is often able to take him to the mosque could include that, a child with very elderly or sick relatives could include the sunnah actions towards visiting and looking after them. The project could also be used to positively encourage types of behaviour a child may be struggling with, for example good table manners, playing nicely with siblings, sharing and so on.

For this particular project I worked with a friend, and with her help the children managed to produce some artistic folds to present their learning, maashAllah. Of course there was lots of discussion too!

prayers, eating halal food and being kind

This photo shows the booklet on salaah, designed to look like a prayer mat, using felt; a booklet on eating halal food and a colouring page about exchanging gifts and being kind to eachother. Even though children cannot buy gifts themselves they can certainly make gifts, or give one of their toys to another child.

Several times in this lapbook I have made use of Islamic colouring sheets. These particular sheets were given to me by another friend and I don’t know where they came from. You may find useful colouring pages for this project here. Other links can be found at Islamic Lapbooking.

The colouring book “Our Way Of Life” contains many pages suitable for this project. (Can be found in Islamic bookshops, including online bookshops).

inside prayers booklet and eating halal food booklet

having turned the centre page

about behaviour with parents


salaam fold, dawah and dua folds

The fold about exchanging the salaam was cut from a colouring page. It opens up to show two people exchanging the salaam, with the words in the speech bubbles.

fold open


speech bubble open

Summary of contents:

1. Salaah. Prayer is worship, and the names of the prayers inside a prayer mat styled booklet.

2. Eating halal food. There may be occasions where children want to buy non-halal food (eg. sweets or yoghurts containing gelatine), and we have to tell them they can’t have that particular product. It may help them to understand that by being careful to choose halal foods they are worshipping Allah.

3. Being kind to one another and exchanging gifts. Loving for your brother what you love for yourself.

4. Reading and learning the Quran

5. Being good to parents.

6. Using the greeting of “Assalamualaykum”.

7. Dawah. (explained as telling others about Islam.)

8. Making dua.

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Ants Lapbook

This lapbook, by a friend’s son, is an excellent example of how a lapbook can be used to gather information on a current topic of interest. It really is a way for a child to write his own information book, on a subject he is interested in.

ant book cover

inside, shows two folders

You can see above that this lapbook was made by sticking two folders together, (the yellow and the green). On the left of the picture there is a section on references to ants in the Quran.

inside views, ant facts

This lapbook is packed with facts! There are many layers, lots of card flaps to lift. Much of the information, exercises and wordsearch have been printed off from online sources.

Some of the information used here came from Enchanted Learning.

For more information you can google ants kids. That gave me the following useful links:

Pest World

Kids konnect

Homeschooling explore ants

Ant Cam

more facts

ants nest

In this section wool was used to outline the structure of the nest.

Child led lapbooking! Enjoy!

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Salaah Lapbook

This lapbook was a long project, taking roughly the time between Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. It is not about the movements of the prayer, or the words to be recited in prayer, as I think these are easiest learnt in a practical way. Instead it is about various other aspects of and around the prayer. This lapbook was the work of both my sons, so sometimes there are two versions of the same piece of work, presented side by side, or one under the other.


I chose a simple, useful and practical cover page, as my sons are not interested in colouring or art work!

opening the cover

To make this lapbook I stuck together two file folders, one a square cut (greetings card style) folder and the other a manilla folder, which I opened out, trimmed the flaps off and fixed the left flap to half of the right side of the square cut folder. So, the right side you can see here folds to the right again, with plenty more underneath it!

On the top left in the picture above is a piece of writing describing how the Prophet (saw) was informed of the numbers of daily prayers on his visit to the Heavens, and how Musa (as) advised him to request that the number of prayers be reduced, until it was fixed at 5.

Beneath that is a fan book, listing the prayers, their times and rakaats.

You can get a copy of that here. Salaah fan book

On the right side is a list of the pillars of salaah. (One list by each boy – same list) Beneath that is a hadith relating to prayers being the first thing we will be called to account over on the Day of Judgement.

under the flap

Once that flap has been folded back you can see where the two folders have been joined, under the printed page.

The printed part is a summary of ways of developing kushoo, there is a second page underneath, (they are stapled at the top). I took this information from the book “33 Ways of developing Khushoo in Salaah”, by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid, which I downloaded from A2Youth.com. I found my way to this ebook via this useful blogpost. I spent several sessions going through the book with the boys, they made notes then wrote the notes up on the computer.

On the right of the picture the “Do” and “Do not” fold, opens to lists of the makruh (disliked) and mandoub (recommended) actions of salaah.

fully opened, right view

In this section there are two layer books listing vocabulary related to salaah, with definitions. the lined paper inserts contain paragraphs on what khushoo is, and why it is important, (also taken from book mentioned above). The blue pocket is entitled “It is fard to make sujood on 7 parts of the body”. The little cards inside list those parts. Finally, the “conditions for prayer” are listed on petal like sections. The templates for these folds can be found at Homeschool Share.

Conditions for prayer fold

Whatever information in this lapbook project is correct is from the mercy of Allah (swt), any mistakes are mine.

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This lapbook was made by a friend’s son. It is based on a story writing activity.


In the course of general literacy work you often come across “finish the story”, or “what happened next” tasks. This lapbook was made by extending just such a task. In this case there was a series of pictures, showing the story so far, and the task was to write an ending.

central section


The flaps in the central section above show the pictures the story began with. The flaps on either side have titles such as “author”, “illustrated by”, “editor”, “theme”. These were used to encourage the child who made the lapbook to think of himself as a book author. His task was not only to complete a story, but to write a book. This is great for motivation, and gives an otherwise routine piece of written work much more interest.

the written work

This is the piece of writing, the centre piece of the lapbook. As the mum whose son made this said, without the lapbook that piece of lined paper would just get filed away unnoticed somewhere! Yes, this is true of work written by my sons!

The illustrations

On the other side of the extension for the writing, we have the illustrations.

A great way to encourage creative writing.

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This is a literature study,on “Tamburlaine’s Elephants” by Geraldine McCaughrean, put together in the form of a lapbook. I did this project with my nine year olds.

lapbook covers

Quite a lot of this project was done on the computer, in order to give practice in word processing, inserting images etc. You will see that they enjoyed playing around with fonts!

The novel is a historical fiction, so we looked at some of the historical background as well as the story elements.

history bit

The historical background section was divided into two parts, biography of Timur I Lang and brief section on the historical use of elephants in warfare. For these sections the boys read online, made notes and wrote up their paragraphs.

I found the following links useful:

Wikipedia Timur

Timur,Silk road

Timur, World Heritage

War elephants, wikipedia

Battle of al-Qadisiyyah   (Where the Muslim army, led by Sa’d bin Abi Waqas (ra), defeated a Persian (Sassanid) army which included an elephant corps.)

book report


Next we included a book report. I based this piece of writing around the guidelines found here.

themes bit

We wrote sections on

Questions of identity

The importance of Chess (Timur had “his own” version of chess, learn more here, try it here)

Comparing the main characters, Rusti and Kavi

We also made a table to compare the historical details in the book with those we found in the history. This was to both distinguish between the history and the fiction and to show how the two can be interwoven.


history in fiction table


mini booklets for handwritten work

senses list

On the back are lists of sights, sounds, tastes, textures and smells described in various parts of the story. Of course we couldn’t list everything mentioned in such a descriptive book, but the lists offer a snapshot.

For more details on what we wrote about in this project I have added some brief study notes below.


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Insect lifecycles

A bugs life cover

I really like the cover on this lapbook, made by a friend with her 6 year old daughter. “A Bugs Life”. Instead of filling the whole space with folds someof the inside of the lapbook has been decorated on the theme.

inside view


Inside are several folds on the lifecycles of spiders, butterflies, ladybirds and bees. The spider fold is in the shape of a spider body, with pipe cleaner legs. It opens out as an accordian book.the ladybird fold is in the shape of a ladybird, and each wing opens out. The bees fold is in the shape of an envelope, with the sides and bottom flap opening out. It is decorated as a hive. The butterfly fold is a circle, folded into quarters, like a pizza book.

ladybird fold


Making your own folds makes a lapbook more personal and fun, but sometimes we need to save time! Enchanted Learning has some small printable shape books on lifecycles, which could be used in a lapbook like this one.

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