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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.

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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.

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 * print temple on cardstock

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  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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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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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.

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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.




May Week 3: The Holy Ghost can help me.

This week’s lapbook minit book is an extension of sharing time.  The Outline suggests to play a matching game as a large group.  This matching game is just for one, or two, or three, or more!  Look carefuly at the two images below.  You will need to download and print both.  The cards are the same, but one has a pocket to store the cards and the other has clip art.  Use the clip art to decorate bare spots or cover mistakes.  I recommend printing these on CARDSTOCK .  Once you have cut out all of the squares, make double sided cards by gluing a CTR shield on to the back of each phrase card.  I put some little pictures on each phrase to help pre-readers play.  What do you think?  Does a blanket remind you of the comforter?

Click on each image below to download from 4Shared.

matching game copy matching game page 2 copy

I’d love to hear back from you if you like what I’ve created.



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May Week 2: When I am baptized and confirmed, I am following Jesus’s example.

“Mini-books?”, “Minit books?” I thought these little books filled with information and glued into a file folder creating a lapbook were called mini-books because they are mini.  I guess I need to take a closer look at the fuzzy screen.  I now see that they are referred to as minit books.  That makes sense too because they take a “minit” to review and make.  These little mini-minit books contain a short summary of principles being taught or a reminder of important information.

Here is the minit book for Week 2.  This is a “3 flap flip flap book”.  It has the Fourth Article of Faith broken into phases.  Anticipating what phrase comes next, helps people memorize things.  Just cut out the two pieces.  Glue the last phrase to the center, then fold it so it unfolds in order.    For pre-readers you can draw little pictures on each flap to help them remember what each phrase is about.    Click on the image to download from 4Shared.4th article of faith copy


May Week 1: As I repent, I can be forgiven.

I mentioned earlier that I really loved the object lesson suggestion sin the Sharing Time Outline.  Each child is given a pebble to put in his/her shoe.  The pebble represents sin. Then have them remove the pebble, and ask how repenting and receiving Heavenly Father’s forgiveness is like
removing the pebble from our shoe.  This lesson took me back to my mission.  I served in France (oo la la).  While walking along the provincial rue, I had the tiniest pebble in my shoe. I had heard this object lesson before (as well as the one with a backpack full of rocks) and I mulled it over and over while this tiny pebble was irritating my every step.  Finally I couldn’t take it any longer and stopped to take off my shoe.  I was shocked to see how that tiny little irritating pebble had made a huge hole in my stocking.  Why didn’t I stop sooner?  Why did I think I could hang on and take care of it later?  It’s the same parallel with sin.  We will feel so much better and ruin less things if we follow these steps of repentance without hesitation.

Instructions:  Download from 4shared by clicking on image.  Print on cardstock.  Color then cut out shoe and pebbles.  Read the scriptures together and try to match the scripture to the correct pebble.  Then put them in order from beginning to end.  For pre-readers you may want to number each pebble.  Laminate the pebbles (clear packing tape or contact paper will do the trick)  Glue the bottom and side edges of the shoe into the file folder.  Keep the top open to form a pocket in which to store the stones.

steps of repentance copy

You’ll want to prepare the song minit book early in the month to allow plenty of practice time.  The song  is “When I am baptized” CS 103.  (better known around here as the rainbow song).  The instructions are on the printable, but get excited—It’s a SQUASH book!!  Gee I like those! This is a little variation from the Squash book I made here, but I know you must be smart and will figure it out.

If you want to hear the tune to the song, visit. the LDS church Music interactive player.

Click on image to download from 4shared

Song copy

Happy scrap-lapbooking!




April Week 4: I feel my Savior’s love when I try to be like Jesus Christ.


Below are two match books to print off.  Have your child trace the words from the scripture John 13:15.  Glue the printing inside the cover and glue the back to the lapbook  Once it is in his/her lapbook he/she can practice memorizing it.  The other matchbook is for some short journaling.

scripture matchbook copy

This next image is a wheel and best printed on cardstock.  Cut the pieces out and place the “Remember Jesus” on top.  Push a brad through the center.   You can push the brad through the file folder or glue the back to the lapbook.  (click on image to download from 4 shared)Wheel copyI hope you have enjoyed making April’s Lapbook.  Leave a comment below if  you have any questions or have enjoyed making one of your own.



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April’s 2012 Sharing Time Lapbook: Jesus Teaches Me to Choose the Right.

“For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you” (John 13:15).

For those of you just learning the joys of lapbooking, be sure to check out the basics on this page before beginning.

For you pros, here is a zip file to download all of the files in one jump for the month.  Some PDF’s have the instructions written on them, some do not.  Just stay tuned, and I’ll post the instructions weekly along with some teaching ideas.  You may want to follow me for e-mail updates when I post so you stay on (or ahead of) the sharing time schedule.

I’m trying to be like Jesus song and clip art.zip’ target=_blank>April’s lapbook Jesus Teaches me to Choose the Right



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Hinckley’s 6 Be’s

I know that most younger children only know President Thomas S. Monson as the President of the Church of Latter-Day Saints.  In a recent Ensign message, President Monson shared his ABC’s with us.  I of course have big plans for that, but in the mean time, I’ll share something special that I made to helps us all remember a very meaningful message shared with us by President Gordon B, Hinckley.

  • Be Grateful
  • Be Smart
  • Be Clean
  • Be True
  • Be Humble
  • Be Prayerful

I realize that he added three more Be’s to the original six, but many of the things I found to make into mini-books were perfectly suited for 6.  I’m calling it good.

This was the very first and very experimental of my scrap/lapbooking.  I learned so much creating it that it became the spring board for this whole undertaking.  What a fun adventure this has been.

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DSCN1987Here is a peek at all of the mini-books.  My favorite is the octagon book, You open the flaps to reveal how to say “Thank You” in four different languages.

Since I’m assuming you are now a pro at lapbooking, I’m just going to link the downloads here and you can get started.  I believe that teaching these these virtues will increase the harmony in our homes and the love we feel for our fellow mankind.

The digi kit i used was from Audra’s little scraps.  Please remember these are only for personal or church use and should never be sold.

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***Updated:  I scanned some of the “missing books” that were in my original “Be” book.  The download does not include instructions so read through these tips before you print.  Click on the image to download from 4shared. 

  • Hand book.  Cut out hands.  Stack together and staple on the bottom of the palm.  You can glue the back to the lapbook or store it in the pocket from above.




This is a tab book.  Cut out all card and stack in this order: Mouth, eyes, heart, body.  Then put two staples in at the bottom.  Glue the last page to the file folder.scan0003

Now this is a fun one.  Cut out the first page of octagon ANSWERS as one piece.  Fold all of the octagons to the center.  Cut out the Question octagons individually.  Glue the Questions to the back of the Answers.  Glue the back of the “BE GRATEFUL” octagon to the file folder.  Then refold to play.  child tries to guess how to say Thank You in the different languages.  scan0004


***Not all of the mini-books in the photo above are available for download.  My computer crashed  and I lost some tons of work.  Since creating this book, some of the papers and clip art are no longer available so I’m having trouble recreating it exactly as pictured above.  If  you really need me to get on this restoration immediately, leave a comment and I’ll move it up on my list of things to do!

If you have questions or a nice comment, please let me know below!