This is my daughter, Samira’s lapbook all about horses. She became fascinated with horses recently after she got a game called Horse Life for Eid. It’s one of the more educational games available for Nintendo DS. It teaches everything you need to know about horses including riding techniques and care and grooming. It teaches all the horse vocabulary too. It’s such a fascinating game that even me (her mum) and her nan enjoyed playing it LOL!
Anyway, because of her enthusiasm on the subject I decided to have a look around on the internet and see what I could find to put together to make a horse lapbook with her and we both learned alot along the way! I’ve even managed to include a few Islamic elements, masha’Allah. I guess it goes to show there are positive sides to computer games. I created all the printable templates for this lapbook myself (except where I have mentioned below). If you would like the files to make this lapbook you can download them HERE.
When the front flaps of the lapbook are opened it reveals the first page of mini-books and tabs.
On the left flap is a mini-book and a tab and on the right flap is a t-book and a pocket. On the centre page is a tab book and a flap.
Next is a tab all about what horses like to eat.
When the tab is pulled out it shows a list of the different foods with clipart images cut out and pasted down next to the word.
In the centre page is a tab book showing famous horse breeds. We chose 5 of the most well-known breeds.
First up is the Arabian which is Samira’s favourite horse.
Next up is a flap all about work horses, the front cover beautifully coloured by Samira.
Under the flap is some information all about how farmers used to use horses to pull the plough to turn the earth.
On the reverse of the other front flap is a t-book all about horse gaits – the speed at which horses move.
When the t-book is folded out it shows 4 gaits of the horse.
Below the t-book is a pocket holding the pieces of a horse jigsaw puzzle that we created.
Samira coloured an image of a mare and a foal and then I drew a jigsaw template over the top. We glued it down on the back of an empty cereal box to make it sturdy and cut it out to make the individual puzzle pieces.
On the back of the lapbook I drew the outline of the puzzle pieces.
When the centre page is folded down it reveals two further pages of mini-books.
On the reverse of the first centre page is a diagram coloured and labelled by Samira showing the parts of the horse.
I also thought it would be fun to include an optical illusion challenge. I found the optical illusion image of American Paint Horses online and glued it down for her to have a go at finding all the horses.
On the other centre page is a flap designed to look like stable doors.
Under the flaps are the face and leg markings commonly found on horses.
I found the images for these face and leg markings online. We glued them down and then taped the flaps over the top.
Next up is a mini-book all about horse care and grooming.
At the top of the page I created some spelling tiles to spell out the word horse.
When this centre page is folded back it reveals the final two pages of mini-books and pockets.
In the very centre of the lapbook are two pockets, one on horse maths and one on the importance of horses in Islam. Above the pockets is a flap book all about horse colours.
Inside the flap are pictures of horses of all different colours and shades. I found the images to create this book here.
I created a pocket to hold some maths cards. At the time we were making this lapbook Samira was learning about division and sharing so I made the cards to focus on this subject. My files are fully editable so you could always adjust them to suit your students needs.
I put together a pocket to hold two mini-books about horses in Islam.
The first mini book is designed to look like a Qur’an and when opened it reveals an ayah about the creation of horses.
The second mini-book is put together in a notebook style showing a selection of ahadith that mention horses.
On the final page is another mini book all about horse shoes and a selection on images show different equestrian sports.
When the horse sport tab is folded back it reveals another famous equestrian sport underneath.
The final mini-book is all about horse shoes. The book is actually shaped like a horse shoe. I found the template for it here.
I found this to be a good opportunity to dispel any myths regarding “lucky” horse shoes and explained the importance of reliance upon Allah and avoiding anything that comes close to shirk (reliance upon and worshipping other objects or beings besides Allah)