Today I received an email from Tracie asking how to add a flap to a lapbook, like the one above. I put together a short tutorial for those who are unsure about how to do this.
The supplies I use are the lapbook (file folder), card stock or 24 weight paper, and packing tape. You can use other kinds of type, but I prefer packing tape for its durability.
I cut a piece of tape about the width of the lapbook when it's closed.
I then attach the lapbook to the tape using about half the height of the tape.
Last, I just place the paper on top of the remainder of the tape and then you're ready to add your minibooks!
Tracie also asked if I ever use construction paper as a flap. I don't use it because I find it to be very flimsy. I choose the weight of my paper after I know what the weight of my minibooks are going to be that I add to the flap. Some lapbook elements, like a pocket, would need a heavier weight paper. You can also cut the center portion of another file folder (once you fold it like a lapbook) out and add that to your lapbook in the same way. This is slightly heavier than the card stock for a little more stability and it is the same length, which looks a little nicer finished.