I have been reading about and seeing lapbooks all over the homeschool circuit, but it wasn’t until I got my hands on one that a friend’s little girls had done that the idea clicked! I kept thinking lapbooks were like file folder games only more extensive… but they are not.

From what I understand (and please set me straight if I am wrong)… lapbooks are more like a collection of projects done in a unit study. It’s a work in progress and a handy way to keep all the learning and projects done in one handy place.

With that said, I decided to try out a Thanksgiving lapbook with my three oldest (7, 5, and 3). We read a story about the first Thanksgiving and then they each got a Thanksgiving lapbook that I tailored to each age using various Thanksgiving freebies I have found.

They each got to design the front however they chose.



Sorry my pics are a little blurry. I think little fingers must have been grabbing my camera when I wasn’t looking! Ok… for Little Sis (3).. I used a couple of the freebies from 1+1+1=1’s Thanksgiving Preschool Pack. All of the kids also had a copy of THIS PRINTABLE PLACEMAT from Darling Doodles in their lapbook.

Big Sis (5) had the same placemat as well as a list of Thanksgiving words (harvest, pilgrim, thanksgiving, pie, turkey, feast, Mayflower) to practice reading. The placemat page is actually a flap that lifts up for more workspace:

Big Sis and Big Brother had to copy Psalm 107:1- Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His love endures forever. Big Sis then had a book to put together called Color the Turkey where she practiced reading color words. This was also from 1+1+1=1’s Preschool Thanksgiving Pack.


Big Brother and Big Sis both had this Roll and Color Page from Ms. Rachel’s Room on the back of their lap books.

In addition to the placemat and copy work, Big Brother had a writing assignment to finish this statement “If I had ridden on the Mayflower…” He also had this fun printable to find as many words as he could from the word “thanksgiving”

What’s that paint chip thing you see in all the books? It’s just a fun little thankfulness project I got from Pinterest. They wrote and/ or drew pictures of what they were thankful for on the paint chip feathers.

Tada! That’s it for our first Lapbooking project. I think it went well. The kids REALLY enjoyed the whole process. They liked comparing their books… seeing what was the same and talking about what was different. Little Sis felt very important doing school with the big kids.

I hope you find these resources helpful. What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving freebies, activities and crafts?

Don’t forget to check out the FREE Thanksgiving Subway Art I posted a couple of days ago.

Thanksgiving Freebie Round Up and Our First Lapbook

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