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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 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.




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 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’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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Week 4: I am blessed when I choose to follow the Prophets.

My little boy was so excited when he found me after church.  He was so “lucky” to be picked to give a talk!  I hope that feeling of being “lucky” to have the chance to bear his testimony never changes.  Here is his topic:  I am blessed when I choose to follow the prophet.  Now it’s my turn to feel lucky that I have this great lapbook we have been working on to turn to.  For Family Night, we took some time and played with the finger puppets below and then filled in the Matchbook: How I am blessed by following the prophets.  This will be the basis for his talk.  We also had fun playing memory match with our prophet cards. All of these activities will help us think about his talk topic throughout the week and help him be ready to present it in front of his Jr. Primary.

These finger puppets come from “Behold Your Little Ones” Nursery manual.  Click to print.  Your child can color and cut the puppets.  Stick some tape on the sides to form a little pocket where they can slide their finger in.


You have already download and printed the pocket (I will follow the Prophet) for storing the finger puppets.  Find it next to the Prophet and Apostle cards pocket.  It will fit nicely on one of the side flaps.

And FINALLY the best for last…

It’s time I shared the Infinity Card with you.  To see how it works be sure to watch this video.  I learned how to make this during my Mission in Toulouse, France.  Just one of the millions of things I learned there!  In this book there will be places for your child to write down council from the First Presidency that they have learned in primary or heard during General Conference.

Download. Print the front on Cardstock, flip the paper over and print the back on the opposite side.  I tried to make the back cover enough space so you don’t have to “casse la tete” trying to figure out which way to feed the paper into the printer.

Infinity Card front

Infinity Card Back

I’ve written the folding and gluing instructions on the PDF, but here is a really helpful video on how to assemble this mini-book.

I am amazed at how my little kids (5 years and 3 years) can retain so much so well.  They even have the scripture Amos 3:7 memorized as well as the song.  Obviously I think they are little geniuses, but really the key is exposure.  The benefit for you as a parent is that lapbooks are an easy way to have “exposure” at your fingertips.  The benefit for the learner is that it is fun to play with these little mini-books.

So this wraps up March! You may have noticed that I’ve made a lapbook for Cub Scouts.  If you are not involved in Scouts but know someone who is, pass on the link.  I bet they will appreciate it.  If you have any other requests for LDS Gospel centered lapbooks I’d love to hear about it.

I hope everyone enjoys General Conference and remember to fill in all of the mini-books that go with it!



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Week 3: God’s prophets and apostles speak to us in general conference.

I am looking forward to General Conference.  Many of us have the comfort of watching the broadcast from our homes, but sometimes it gets a little too comfy and my notes seem to drop off mid thought.  My parents always took us to the church to watch at least one session.  I think it helped me remember that it was still the Sabbath and that I still need to be attentive.  There are many activities to help your child be attentive to the the words of the Prophet and Apostles spoken at general conference.  One of the best resources is obviously LDS.org.  I took some of the ideas and made them into mini-books for this week’s theme (see the “squash” book).  But since General Conference is still a few weeks away, I prepared some mini-books that you can do now (scripture tracing, and puzzles).

I took this Conference coloring Activity from The Friend. Print both pages and cut around each rectangle.  Stack the rectangles in order and staple in the top left corner.  Also cut around the color key.  You can glue this mini-book in now or wait until it is finished during general conference.  But be sure to glue it in properly!!!!  This mini-book is serving a double purpose.  It will be a book and a pocket to hold Week 4’s infinity card.  (I still haven’t told you about the infinity card but you are going to love it). Use hot glue to put a thin line on the sides and bottom and glue down.  Leave the top open to serve as a pocket.

conference 1 of 2


conference layer book 2 0f 2


These two puzzles will be perfectly placed on the flaps.  Download from 4 shared then print.  I have two ideas for these puzzles.  One—you can cut the pictures out in zig zags or straight lines depending on your child’s skill level, laminate them and store them in the pocket.  Idea two—you can cut the puzzle into strips that fit the size of a wooden tongue depressor and glue it on for a nice sturdy, but simple puzzle.  Again store the sticks in the pocket.  Ps.  the puzzles are of the First Presidency and the other is the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

2 puzzles and pockets.pdf

You have seen this next mini-book every month.  it is one of my favorite ways to help my children with their handwriting and scripture memorization at the same time.  The instructions are easy enough.  Cut out the rectangles, glue the inside verse to the reference, mountain fold along the lines, glue the back to your lapbook.   scripture matchbooks copy

Last mini-book for the week. Behold the Squash book!  I’ve written the instructions on the printable and yes you do have to squash it!

Squash book

Watch a video tutorial about the squash book  here.

Have a fun week of cutting and pasting.  I’ll finally give you the Infinity card file next week!



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Week 2: The First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles are prophets.

I see the inspiration behind the timing of this month’s theme “Living Prophets Teach me to Choose the Right”.  I think this little matching activity will help my kids recognize some face for General Conference which is just a few weeks away.  I really need to play with them so I can finally straighten out the M. Russell/Russell M. confusion that I have had for years.  This link will take you to About.com which is a great place to find LDS clip art from past Friend magazines.  I love all of the New Era Posters which are organized there  too and am thinking up a use for those in a future lapbook.

There are two options for this activity. Print photo and bio cards (for readers) or print two sets of photo cards (for non-readers).  Then enjoy a game of go fish, memory match, or make a pair.  You can also opt to glue the bio to the back of the photo to make a flash card.  I recommend printing on card stock and laminating the cards because they will be used a lot I’m sure (or last more that 30 seconds in the mouth of baby sister!).  Remember to print a coordinated pocket to store the prophet/apostle cards for your lapbook.

Prophet and Apostle cards with bios

Prophet and Apostle card pocket

Hint: Before you glue your pocket to the file folder, fill the assembled pocket with all of the Apostle cards. It will be puffy and full. Hot glue only the part of the pocket that touches the folder.  This little step will make it easier to put the cards in later and keep the sides from ripping.

**Save the “I will follow the Prophet” pocket for week 4.  There is also clip art on the pocket page, SAVE that too.  You will want it to use on your Infinity card or to decorate bare spots on your file folder. (Don’t know what an infinity card is?  Just you wait.  I’m gonna amaze you!)

The next mini book is a horizontal layer book titled “How does Heavenly Father speak to members of the Church?”.  You will need to download and print the following files:

Layered book title and page 1  
Layered book page   2 Layered book page 3  Below are some pictures of the inside layers.  (I’m having trouble pulling up previews for some of the PDF’s hosted in 4shared.  Suggestions anyone?)

Cut out all of the rectangles from each page.  You can adapt this mini-book  several ways according to your child’s skill level or interest.  You can choose to color and cut the clip art from each page and glue it on a layer.  You can have your child journal or draw his/her own pictures.  Once your mini book is filled up, stack all of the pages and staple at the top.  Glue the back into the middle section of the  lapbook  (make sure you place it near the top so you have room for week 3’s  mini-book below it.)

If you missed the beginning of this month’s lapbook, you can start here.



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How did yours turn out?

It might be ancient history to the rest of you, but my kids and I finished our February lapbook and wanted to show you how it turned out.  DSCN1983

DSCN1984What I really should have shot was the cute 5 year old drawings inside of our three flap book.  My little guy drew a very impressive flood, ark, and enough animals to fill the page.  How did yours turn out? 

I love this CTR digi kit by Cooraroos Scraps and just wanted to say thanks to her for sharing her hard work!   You may want to say thanks too!