How to Make Lift the Flap Books

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Whether you have children of your own or work with kids, a flap book can be an entertaining and educational tool for your box of tricks. A flap book is a small folded booklet with the cover cut into strips. Beneath the strips there are images or information. Make flap books for young kids to keep them occupied, or help older children crate flap books for studying, school projects, scrapbooks or craft activities. Budget-friendly and convenient, all the supplies you need to make a flap book are probably on hand already. First, choose a topic for your flap book. For a toddler, you might make a colors or animal flap book. An older child might make a flap book for a report on planets, or listing her favorite things to do.

  • Paper or cardstock
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pens or markers
  • Images or information
  • Glue stick or craft glue

1 Cut a piece of paper or cardstock

Cut a piece of paper or cardstock to the size you want and fold the flap book in half. You need to fold your flap book like a greeting card, so double the width of whatever dimension you wish to make it.

2 Divide the cover of your flap book

Divide the cover of your flap book into equal sections. For example, if your flap book is about the colors of the rainbow, you'll need seven sections. If it's about the planets in the solar system, you'll need eight. You can make as many sections as you can fit; however, the more sections you add, the less space you'll have below for images or writing. Make straight horizontal lines across the flap book cover, and space them out evenly using a ruler and pencil.

3 Cut

Cut into the cover from the edge to the fold across the pencil lines to create the flaps.

4 Write a category or topic or on each of the front flaps

Write a category or topic on each of the front flaps. One planet on each flap, for example, if you are making a planet flap book.

5 Lift each flap

Lift each flap in turn and put images or information beneath it about its topic. For example, lift the flap for the planet Mercury and put a small image of the planet on the paper underneath the flap, or write details such as the planet's size, temperature and rotation speed. Continue adding the appropriate information below each flap.

6 Close all the flaps

Close all the flaps. Children can carry the small books, collect them in a folder, or glue them on a lap book, display board or in a photo album. To glue a flap book on something, turn it over and apply craft glue to the back. Glue the back of the flap book to the front of the paper or cardboard to which you want to affix it.