How to Add a Flap to a Lapbook


Today I received an email from Tracie asking how to add a flap to a lapbook, like the one above.  I put together a short tutorial for those who are unsure about how to do this.

The supplies I use are the lapbook (file folder), card stock or 24 weight paper, and packing tape.  You can use other kinds of type, but I prefer packing tape for its durability.

I cut a piece of tape about the width of the lapbook when it’s closed.

I then attach the lapbook to the tape using about half the height of the tape.

Last, I place the paper on top of the remainder of the tape and then you’re ready to add your minibooks!

Tracie also asked if I ever use construction paper as a flap.  I don’t use it because I find it to be very flimsy.  I choose the weight of my paper after I know what the weight of my minibooks are going to be that I add to the flap.  Some lapbook elements, like a pocket, would need a heavier weight paper.  You can also cut the center portion of another file folder (once you fold it like a lapbook) out and add that to your lapbook in the same way.  This is slightly heavier than the card stock for a little more stability and it is the same length, which looks a little nicer finished.

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