Gospel Learning On Your Lap

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Still learning…

This project has been really rewarding for me.  I feel blessed to have choosen a lapbooking topic that invites the spirit into my life.  I spend a lot of time on these and as I think of new elements to add, I find that I spend a lot of my day thinking about basic gospel truths.  These truths are so plain and precious that children understand them, but people at every age are touched by them.

Making these lapbooks is one project, but sharing them is another huge, not so spirit filled,  project.  I have made some strides though and wanted to post the February CTR Lapbook in one place to make it easier to download.  I still don’t know how to make a cute “final project” image like digital scrapbook kits have, but still learning…

Complete February CTR Lapbook

This file will have minimal instructions, but you can always get more details starting from the beginning of the February lapbook posts.

Get a sneak peek at some of the activities for the March CTR lapbook on the side bar.



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Week 4: Church members today are blessed for choosing the right.

My kids came home from Primary with their scripture puppets and they were so cute,  BUT surprisingly large.  My Puppet pocket was a little small to make a comfortable home for the new  little friends, but I still wanted to make them a part the lapbook.  Here is the modification I came up with and wanted to share.  Watch this video on  How to make a pocket for your lapbook
Find more videos like this on Lapbook Lessons
(if you don’t want to wait for a long video download, follow the link to lapbooklessons and watch it from there.)

You may also realize that by week 3 the lapbook is looking pretty full.  For Week 4, you can fill in the matchooks if you haven’t already, and practice singing the song. If your child comes home with a picture from sharing time, you can slip it into  the back pocket shown in the video above.  If he/ she would like to add another picture of a story he/she heard in primary about ways Church members chose the right and how they were blessed for doing, so you can work on this “Squash book” together.  **Sorry I see lots of typos in the instructions on the PDF

Squash Book

If you are out of room for a “triangle” squash book as the instructions suggest here are instructions for making a “square” version:  Cut around square picture.  Fold in half width wise and length wise and crease in both directions.  Fold along both diagonals and crease both directions.  Rotate square 45 degrees so it looks like a diamond.  Bring both side tips to the bottom and squash the square on top. Decorate with Clip art.

I’m  finishing up March’s lapbook “Living Prophets Teach Me to Choose the Right” so come back tomorrow for a sneak peak.  It’s gonna be BIG!




Week 3: Nephi was blessed for choosing the right.

Thanks for staying on board for Week 3 of building our CTR Lapbook for February.  I’m planning on creating at least one a month to accompany the LDS Primary Sharing Time Outline for 2012.   Just click over  if you still need to print the cover, week 1 or week 2.  Still wondering what the heck we are making?

click to download wheel.

nephi’s wheel

Nephi had a lot of choices to make, but one that stood out to me after singing “Nephi’s Courage” was building the ship to sail to the promised land.  I get nervous trying to fix little things around my house and usually just call my dad for help.  I’m sure Nephi didn’t have a clue of where to begin, but he turned to the One who knows all and got some hard answers.  When Nephi went to the mountain to speak with the Lord (1Nephi 18), the Lord didn’t say “Go over that hill and you will find the ship I want you to use.”  No He said, “Go over that hill and dig up some ore.  You’ll find some animals to kill to the east.  Use the skins to make a bellow so you can heat the fire to melt the ore to make some tools to build a ship, to carry your family across the seas.”  (It almost sounds crazier than an old lady who swallowed a fly!) But Nephi did it.  And so can we, but only with God’s help.  Remind your child that God will help us to do hard things while he moan how hard handwriting is, as he traces the letters before assembling Nephi’s wheel.  After the wheel is assembled, your child can practice beginning word sounds by opening and closing the window to cover or display the letter that each picture starts with.

people blessed by choosing the right

2 pockets people who are blessed

With this mini book, just cut on the solid lines and fold on the dotted lines.  You can glue Popsicle sticks inside to make it into a puppet.  You can put a brad through the tip and make a fan book or just keep them bookmarkish and store them in the “When we choose the right, we are blessed” pocket.

One more week left until we finish up our February CTR Lapbook.




Week 2: Jesus’s disciples were blessed by choosing the right.

On to minibooks for week 2 of the LDS Primary Sharing Time theme of 2012 .  Don’t forget to print the other elements if you are just joining us.

During sharing time, your children may have heard the stories of Jesus’s disciples and how they chose the right.  They may have learned about Mary (Luke 10:38–42), Peter and Andrew (Matthew 4:18–20), or Paul (Acts 9:1–9, 17–20).  They may have even brought home a puppet and are anxious to tell you all about it.  After they do, put the  puppet in a pocket glued into the  lapbook and bring it back out for  a retelling at FHE.

If no one came home with a cute stick puppet, you can print  out a woman here or a male here  and color it at your own FHE about Jesus’s disciples choosing the right.

Also for fun, I made a little math fishing game.  All of the instructions are included on the printout, but here’s what you’ll be doing:  Cut out the pocket and fish along the lines.  Put a paper clip over the mouth of each fish.  Hot glue some string to a Popsicle stick and add a magnet on the other end of the string to make a little fishing pole.  Younger kids can “fish” a fish and count the squares.  Older kids can “fish” two fish and practice basic math skills.  I recommend using a hot glue gun to glue the pocket.  It might be a little tight fitting all of the fish and the fishing pole into the pocket.  I’m sure your stick puppets would make room for a little “pole”.

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Week 1: Noah was blessed for choosing the right.

We are starting on the inside elements of our February CTR lapbook.  If you still need to print the cover and back activity, click here.  If  you want to make a January’s start here.

Noah was blessed for choosing the right. ***Remember just click on the image to download and print.

Have your child cut out the flap book about Noah and discuss the answers to each question. You can print out the inside of the flapbook and glue it to the inside or just draw or write in the answers.  I recommend gluing this flapbook somewhere in the middle of the lapbook and not to one of the flaps because the pages will get crunched if the child is not super careful when he/she folds them closed.

Here’s a cute puzzle about what Noah took on the ark.  You can discuss how gathering two of every animal would have been a very hard task, but Noah chose to obey the Lord and was blessed.  Cardstock or laminating would be a good option for the puzzle pieces.
Puzzle and pocketl
matchbook scrp and journaling.pdf

Have your child practice their handwriting with tracing the scripture from Mosiah 2:22 or have an older child share insights with a short journal entry.

song and clip art.pdf

“Choose the Right”  is the song to practice this month.  The chorister will be so glad to hear your child singing every word so beautifully because he/she knows the words from playing with this months lapbook!  Use the additional clipart to decorate bare spaces in your lapbook.




February CTR Lapbook

Here is the first pieces of February’s lapbook.  Click on images to download, then print on regular paper (for some elements of the lapbook, I recommend printing on cardstock).

Prepare your filefolder, then glue the cover vertically on the front. Once glue has dried, cut along the seam to open.

For the back of your lapbook, I like to use something the kids can use over and over.  Covering the CTR Maze with contact paper and gluing it on the back allows everyone a chance to have a turn over and over and over again.  Have you tried dry erase crayons?  I’ve tried them and here are some of the pros: variety of colors, easier to wash out of clothes than DE markers, don’t write on cloths as easily as do DE markers, they come with a sharpener and eraser in the box.  Here are some of the cons: break easily (3-4 year old boys), rub off on clothes, hard to keep a fine point.

Now that your cover and back are ready, add your mini books to help your children remember what they learned in Primary Sharing time.

Click here to see the finished lapbook.




February CTR 2012 Lapbook is ready!

“When We Choose the Right,
We Are Blessed”

This is the LDS Primary Sharing Time theme for the month of February.  I’ve had fun making this month’s set of minibooks. I’ve challenged myself to find new ideas that are interactive and fun for a range of ages.  Because this is a scrap-lapbook, I’ve made it cute and coordinated using Cocoroos Scrap CTR kit. I found this on the LDS Blog Train, which is a great ride for anyone interested in scrap-lapbooking along with us!  Please remember my terms of use are for personal and church use only.

Week 1: Noah was blessed for choosing the right.

Week 2: Jesus’s disciples were blessed by choosing the right.

Week 3: Nephi was blessed for choosing the right.

Week 4: Church members today are blessed for choosing the right.

If you are new to lapbooking, check out this post on the basics to help you get started.

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