Gospel Learning On Your Lap

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Paper Dolls anyone?

I just came a cross the cutest paper dolls!  They are complete with a full set of the Armor of God!  I thought this might be a good addition to your paper dolls for the Proclamation lapbook. 

Find them over at Granny Enchanted!



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Celebrate the Family Week

Join me today over at Chocolate on my Cranium where I’ll be sharing Part 1 of my newest lapbook The Family: A Proclamation to the World.
Family Proclamation


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The Family: A Proclamation to the World Part II

Welcome to Gospel Learning On Your Lap!  If you are joining me from Chocolate on My Cranium, you have already had a peak at what we are making and have taken care of downloading  “The Family: A Proclamation to the World Part I”.  If not, then head on over and join in Celebrate the Family week.

Family Proclamation

So on to Part II

You will need to save and print these two images below.

(rt click to Save image as)

family treeTip: Fill out the family tree and glue it to the back of your file folder.  If you cover the paper with contact paper first and use a dry erase marker, multiple kids will get a chance to fill in the blanks, and it makes for more handwriting and spelling practice.

(rt click to Save image as)

 * print temple on cardstock

Friend March 2002

  Tip: Cut an “X” just inside the borders of the white square. Glue the flaps together then glue the white triangle (created by the “x” cut) connected to the back wall onto the file folder.  Flatten the temple for storage by pushing the back temple wall to the file folder and pushing the font wall  toward one of the side walls. Cut out the temple bricks.  Look up the scripture and discuss how it can help us built our testimony of the temple.  Then glue on the brick.

For the rest of these mini books, the directions are on the printout and are pretty straight forward except for the one on the bottom right!!


There wasn’t an inch of space left for instructions, but don’t worry that’s why I made the video!

Tips:  Remember the scoring dimensions are 2 “, 2 3/4″, 3 1/2″, and 4 1/4”

I left one of the squares blank so you could personalize it with your family name or a little drawing.

The last little mini book is a paper doll chain.  I’m excited to show this little trick to my kids.  Just a few fan folds and a freehand cut out of a girl or boy and you have a family. As a kid, it seemed so amazing pulling open the folds and all of the dolls were magically holding hands.  It would be fun to decorate the dolls to look like your family.  I think it would also be fun to use fabric for the clothes (but keep it simple if that idea is stopping your from completing your lapbook!)  If you are worried about freehanding the doll you can use Martha’s template.


So to finish up, I just wanted to remind you that creating the lapbook with (instead of for) your children will make it the most meaningful.  Kids will get a lot of great cutting and gluing  practice strengthening those little fingers!   I try to include elements for pre-schoolers and elementary schoolers to help you make it a family project.

I feel so honored to be part of Celebrate the Family this year.  Please say “hi” if you like what I’ve shared.  The comments sections is also the best place for questions!



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Oh Where Oh Where has that lapbooker been?

I’ll just say, I have had a fun summer with my family! (and my computer was fried) As much as I love creating these printables for you, I love to play too!  Some of my summer highlights were waterskiing, swimming, biking, time with family from out of town, fun field trips, T-ball, and scooter rides! 

It’s so hard for me to say goodbye to the freedom and fun of summer.  The only thing that could take it’s place is a beautiful fall.  I’ve started Virtual schooling our oldest so we are trying to figure out how all of that works, but I know that no matter what else I teach him, my main goal is to help him grow his testimony and faith. 

I’ll be back soon with a new lapbook to share!  In the mean time, let’s Celebrate the Family!  Visit Chocolate on my cranium, We Talk of Christ, Diapers and Divinity, and  Middle Aged Mormon Man to join in the joy!



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June CTR Lapbook Week 4: When I dress modestly, I respect my body as a gift from God.

This week is a simple paper doll kit.  I’ll tell you this was a little tricky to find because there a plenty of paper dolls out there that are NOT modest!  These even come with coordinating scripture cases.  I’m not sure how excited my pre-k boy will like this activity, but I’m sure little sis will at least chew on them so I’m laminating them and printing them on card stock. 

Right click on image to “Save As” then print.paper dolls

How did your June CTR Lapbook Turn out?



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June CTR Lapbook Week 3: I obey the Word of Wisdom by eating and drinking that which is good and avoiding that which is bad.

We had a fun FHE last week using our June lapbook.  Our first activity was playing charades with our Tithing cards.  Each family member acted out a chore while the others guessed.  Then together we decided how much money went to the Bishop for tithing.  I haven’t talked about rounding numbers with my kids so we just explained the decimal trick of moving it one place to the left to find 10 percent.  My kids “got it” and we all had fun acting out the chores.

The next activity was doing this puzzle.  I had each family member choose a puzzle piece and before they could place it, I had them tell something wonderful about their body.   I also added that our bodies are so special because Heavenly Father created them after his own.  It is our responsibility to put good things in to them and keep bad things out.

Click on image to download from 4shared.  (The download has lines for the puzzle)37108_000_Intro.qxd

I had a moment to realized how grateful I am to know the truth about our creation.  Teaching the doctrine of being created in the image of God opens the discussion for so many important things the are considered “hard” to talk about.  As we did this puzzle together, i taught them to avoid pornography, to live the law of chastity, to stay away from drugs, and to protect themselves from child molesters,  I did it simply by reminding them that we don’t want to look at things that make us feel yucky (avoid porn), We need to cover our private parts and not share them with others (chastity and protection from molestation). Eat healthy foods and stay away from things that will make us sick (drugs).  Eventually we we will have to have more detailed discussions on these topics, but I think addressing them now within this framework will help answers some of the why’s later.  So here is the puzzle along with an envelope to store it.  I apologize but I think the puzzle is a little tight.  I measured it when I made it but leave yourself a little extra wiggle room by folding the pocket a little wider than the lines indicate.   And I must add, I am in love with the new pocket template from Heart of Wisdom, but I know I’m verging on overkill as this lapbook currently has three pockets.

Click on image to download from 4shared.


Hope you have  a Happy Father’s day!  Ours will include a treasure hunt, pillow fight, and special treats.



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June CTR Week 2: When I pay my tithing, Heavenly Father will bless me.

There are a lot of things to think about when teaching kids about money.  My preschoolers are learning to identify the coins, but I need to remind myself that counting money is not my end goal.  I want my children to understand the value of hard work, saving, and paying tithing.  This minit book that I’ve created will help with some of that.  It will also challenge those writing and math skills.  The instructions are on the printout.

I recommend printing both of these on cardstock.

Click on images to downlaod.3circlebook.psd Tithing cards copy

Remember the maze that is on the back of the lapbook?  It explains what tithing is used for and would be good to review this week.  Happy lapbooking.  Leave a little love if you are using a CTR lapbook!



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June CTR Week 1: I pray to Heavenly Father for strength to do what is right.


Make sure you have the other pieces of June’s CTR Lapbook!   Check recent posts for more: 

June cover and back

For this week’s minit book, I’m adding a Flip Flap book on Prayer.  This is from the nursery manual “Behold Your Little Ones”.  I’ve added an optional cover to glue on to coordinate with the rest of the minit books.  Just glue it on then cut the flaps.  If you opt not to print the cover, you can glue on clip art or write your own titles for the flaps. 

*I have  a Live Writer mystery and can’t seem to get a picture to post here but here are the links for the downloads. 

Prayer cover

Prayer flip flap book

Another option would be to just print the cover and have older children journal about what they can pray for and the different types of prayers on the blank inside of the flip flap book.

The other element we will work on this week is the song.  I used a Pocket Mod design which is similar to an accordian book, but with less wasted paper.  The song is “Nephi’s Courage”

Click on image to download from 4Shared.


Here are the instructions for creating a Pocket Mod designed book.  Cut around the outside (this part is not necessary if your are designing your own).  Fan fold the vertical lines.  Unfold the fist layer.  Place the first and last layer on the table so you have one “Mountain” standing.  You should see the red line on the “Nephi’s Courage” book.  Cut along this red line.  Fold along the horizontal lines and push the pages closed so that the cover is the first page.  Hmm this might help: 

Now you’ll need to store that neat book in something….3circlebook.psd


Looking good!  I have something really fun to share for Week 2.  See you soon!



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June 2012 CTR Lapbook

cover_edited-2Glad to see you are back for this month’s CTR Lapbook.  I’ve designed this lapbook to follow the 2012 Primary Sharing Time Ounline.  This month’s theme is: I Choose the Right by Living Gospel Principles.  Each week highlights a different principle, and I have made a minit book FREE to Download for each one.  These little minit books will help you reinforce these Gospel teaching in a fun and creative way. The best part? Creating these books with your children will also refine “school skills” such as handwriting practice, scissor work, memory, and math skills.  I love a two for one!  I suggest you sit down with your child/children on a Sunday afternoon or for FHE and work on it together.  I’ve tried to design these lapbooks for varying skill levels so multiple siblings can contribute to the final product.  The best part (do I have to pick just one)?  You can use them over and over again as a quiet book at church or school work practice.  I love a two for one and lots of mileage on my investment (mainly time and ink on this project.)

So lets get started.  If you are new you’ll need to do some background research so visit these previous posts:  the basics, a final product

If you are a lapbook pro, git downloading! (or take a minute and become a follower)

Supplies you will need:

  • file folder
  • paper
  • printer
  • scissors
  • glue gun or glue stick
  • laminator (optional)

First Download and print the cover:  Click on image to download from 4shared.  Once there hit download, wait 20 seconds and hit download again.   


Glue on the cover and clip open the folder.  The Basics post will make this clear.  

Next prepare the back.  Click on the image to print jpeg.



Credit:  The Friend Magazine, February 2010

I like to make this reusable by covering one side with contact paper and doing the maze with a dry erase marker.  (That way everyone gets a turn.)

You are on your way.  Coming soon will be more minit books for the following principles:

Here’s a sneak peak of how cute they turned out!



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May Week 4: When I take the sacrament, I renew my baptismal covenants.

This weeks minit book is also an extention of sharing time.  It is suggested to “Make wordstrips with phrases from the sacrament prayers that explain what we promise when we take the sacrament and what Heavenly Father promises us (see Doctrine and Covenants 20:77, 79).”  After reading the prayers, have the children stand in the correct order with their word strips. I have made the suggested wordstrips into cursive tracing strips.  If you laminate the wordstrips first, your child had a little “white board” to work with and can practice over and over with a dry ease marker.  The other option would be to just do it once with a pencil and call it good.  Tip:  if you don’t have a laminator, just cover the paper with packing tape or contact paper.

Click on image to download from 4 sharedword strips copy

Just a note:  I have 3 preschoolers so obviously my brain and creativity are geared toward their ages, but I’m trying to think outside of my little box.  I really want to include all Primary age children with these activities.  I’m leaving a lot up to you as a parent though because you know best how to make these minit books more or less challenging to accommodate your child’s skill level.  Any suggestions or requests are greatly appreciated!

Does the little blue bubble on the pocket look like a gumball?  That’s what I was going for!

Click on image to download from 4sharedwordstrips 2 copy

I hope this has been a fun lapbook for your children.  I believe in these principles and am thankful for their guidance in my life.