MINI ALBUMS FOR LAPBOOK

CREATIVE CRAFT/GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

From year 1 • Working time: approximately 1 lesson per mini album

TASK AND MOTIVATION

Collecting things is still a popular activity for children. It comes close to child's joy in discovery and sharpens their view for that special thing. Effectively presented or veiled in careful order, collected treasures create interest for the viewer and create pride on part of the collector.

In addition to the random discoveries in nature and the targeted buying of collectables, a collection of remarkable teaching results develops in many teaching situations; collections which do not deserve to be ignored in a loose-leaf binder.

The following is suggested for the production of small books. What they have in common is that their insides have pockets which are suitable for the inclusion of texts, images, illustrations, colour samples and surfaces and flat collection objects.

To cater for the different collective passions and the individual inventor spirit, the books vary in their format, in the material properties, in the type of binding and of the closure.

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LEARNING PRIORITIES

  • Create covers for organising and sorting (-> Lapbook)
  • Make a book cover individually
  • Use industrially manufactured covers for the production of identical pockets in the inside of the book
  • Try unconventional book bindings
  • Get to know different closure solutions
  • Solutions for "handles" (= tabs or handle aids),

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Material and resources

General: Pencil, scissors, ruler, newspapers as underlay

Cardboard roll tab

  • 5 to 7 cardboard rolls of toilet paper or corresponding sections of kitchen paper tubes
  • Jewellery and gift wrap 
  • 2 pattern rings, 25 mm diameter 
  • For tabs, sections of copying card, 6 cm x 8,5 cm 
  • UHU All Purpose Adhesive
  • Cover (of glasses, ice boxes) 
  • Bristle brush 
  • Hole-punch 
  • Cutting template: 10.5 cm x 16 cm

MINI ALBUMS FOR LAPBOOK

Pocketalbum

  • 5 paper breakfast bags
  • Cardboard packaging for cereal, pizza etc.
  • For tabs, sections of copying card, to fit the wallet
  • UHU Craft Glue
  • Strong stapling device
  • Hard wire staples
  • Cutting template: around 5 mm larger than the breakfast bag

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Collection

  • 10 long teabags, 10 cm x 13.5 cm
  • Coloured card strips: 12 cm x 36 cm
  • 2 stable plastic layers, 5 cm x 15 cm
  • Wooden bar, 1.5 cm x 15 cm 
  • Twine, 60 cm
  • Masking tape (decorative adhesive tape made of rice paper)
  • Fabric adhesive tape, 3 cm wide
  • UHU Stic or UHU Stic ReNature
  • Fold leg
  • Punch No. 3, hammer
  • Grain-cut block

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Accordion folder

  • 2 covers made from coloured card, 15 cm x 12 cm 
  • 2 strips of patterned cardboard, 4 cm x 12 cm 
  • 8 C6 envelopes, self-adhesive, without window 
  • 2 textile bands 32 cm 
  • UHU Stic or UHU Stic ReNature 
  • UHU All Purpose Adhesive 
  • Marking template: 4 cm x 15 cm 
  • Optionally: Centring templates, 3.5 cm x 15 cm

MINI ALBUMS FOR LAPBOOK

For the design of the book covers

Sticking:

  • Decorative papers 
  • Foam plates and punching parts made from foam rubber 
  • Handicraft felt plates Sequin, buttons, etc. 
  • Textile material Pattern punch

For the design of the book covers or coating papers

Paste technology:

  • Food starch Water-soluble wood stain, batik dyes 
  • Kettle 
  • Hand blender 
  • Whisk 
  • Bucket 
  • Bowl 
  • Plastic cups 
  • Measuring beaker 
  • Ladles 
  • Tablespoons 
  • Plastic spoons and forks

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Step-by-step plan

Cardboard roll tab
CARDBOARD ROLL TAB

Step 1

Press 5 to 7 cardboard rolls of toilet paper or corresponding sections of kitchen paper tubes flat overnight.

CARDBOARD ROLL TAB

Step 2

Using the template (see material list) cut decorative paper for each cardboard tube.

CARDBOARD ROLL TAB

Step 3

An old newspaper can be used as backing material. Place the jewellery paper, with the reverse side upwards, on the first newspaper page. Insert some UHU All Purpose Adhesive into a cover. With a bristle brush, coat the reverse side of the decorative paper, always work over the edge.

CARDBOARD ROLL TAB

Step 4

Stick the paper onto the first cardboard roll. Allow to dry.

CARDBOARD ROLL TAB

Step 5

Turn the newspaper page so that a clean page is on top and no adhesive residue can soil the next decorative paper. Cover the rest of the rolls in the described manner.

CARDBOARD ROLL TAB

Step 6

After the protruding edges have dried, fold them over the cardboard edge and cut. Press rolls.

CARDBOARD ROLL TAB

Step 7

Place each cardboard roll into a hole-punch, so that the edge is flush with the edge of the hole-punch and punch. Turn the roll and make another hole on the same side.

CARDBOARD ROLL TAB

Step 8

Connect all rolls like a ring binder with pattern rings.

CARDBOARD ROLL TAB

Step 9

Crop protruding plug-in cards or make flush cards and add tabs to them.

Pocketalbum
POCKETALBUM

Step 1

On five breakfast bags made of waxed paper, cut off the protruding intervention.

POCKETALBUM

Step 2

Fold each bag across in the middle.

POCKETALBUM

Step 3

Coat the folded bags about 1 cm from the folding edge with UHU Stic and glue into a stack.

POCKETALBUM

Step 4

Using the template (see material list) cut a book cover from grey cardboard. Decide which side of the cardboard should be the outer one. Then fold the cardboard strip across in the middle.

POCKETALBUM

Step 5

Put the bag stack in the open envelope. A partner helps with positioning on the middle fold. Staple the bag stack on both corners.

POCKETALBUM

Step 6

Design cover and spine according to preference: For example, stick punched paper shapes and fabric with UHU Stic, foam rubber stamping parts and thread with UHU All Purpose Adhesive.

POCKETALBUM

Step 7

Crop matching tabs and fit with a rider so that a tiered tab results

„Collection“
COLLECTION

Step 1

Stick 10 long tea bags together with UHU Stic: In the width of the glue pen, coat the bag lengthwise along the centre with a thin layer of adhesive, fit a further bag exactly in line etc. Insert foil strips to prevent all of the layers from

COLLECTION

Step 2

In pairs, fold the handle edge of the cover: One child positions the wooden bar exactly in line on the short side of the coloured card strip, while the partner shapes the card directly next to the bar with the fold leg. Repeat for the opposite end.

COLLECTION

Step 3

Fold the 1.5 cm wide fold and press flat with the folding leg. Coat the adhesive fold with UHU Stic and press down tight.

COLLECTION

Step 4

Fold the envelope across in the middle. On the folded handle edge, punch a hole in the middle with the hole-punch.

COLLECTION

Step 5

Stick the bag block into the cardboard envelope, dry under pressure.

COLLECTION

Step 6

Secure the ends of the string by fastening with masking tape. Place the string around the spine, fix onto the fold edge with a drop of UHU All Purpose Adhesive.

COLLECTION

Step 7

Fix the book spine with a 3 cm wide fabric tape or fabric strips and consolidate the position of the string. The marking of an orientation line with the wooden bar is helpful in ensuring a clean sticking of the textile strip.

COLLECTION

Step 8

To close the lower string end, thread through the hole in the edge and bring into a loop with the top end.

Accordion folder
ACCORDION FOLDER

Step 1

Fasten all eight envelopes. In each case, cut a narrow cover page so that 15 cm deep pockets are formed.

ACCORDION FOLDER

Step 2

To specify a precisely dimensioned adhesive field, place the template (see material list) on the left and right of the long envelope edge, mark a line in each place (if necessary, with the help of a partner). Mark one envelope on both sides, the rest on just one side.

ACCORDION FOLDER

Step 3

Put the envelope marked on both sides on the work surface and coat the centre strip with UHU Stic. Stick on a second envelope exactly in line. Stick all envelopes together into a stack in this way.

ACCORDION FOLDER

Step 4

Using UHU All Purpose Adhesive, stick the two textile strips in the middle of the pattern cardboard strips: 1 cm is added to the short cardboard edge and stuck on the bottom side, the top band end remains hanging open. Those unsure of their sense of proportion should ask a partner to place a 3.5 cm wide template both left and right.

ACCORDION FOLDER

Step 5

Stick the finished decorative strip onto the coloured card cover in the middle.

ACCORDION FOLDER

Step 6

Glue the cardboard covers flush to the front and reverse sides of the envelope stack.

ACCORDION FOLDER

Step 7

Bind the band ends to the loop.

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TABS

Many albums require "tabs" that facilitate the removal of the index cards and are securely affixed to the insert card. At the same time, "tabs" on the corner of the folder facilitate quick navigation. A length of masking tape is fashioned into a tab when the sticky ends are attached to the cardboard and the part that is glued together is used as the handle (1). A loop of patterned woven ribbon, the ends of which are stuck to the edge, offers particularly good grip (2). Punched cardboard discs look especially professional (3): they are folded into semi-circles and slits are made at the sides before they are glued onto the edge.

PASTE TECHNOLOGY

1. Mix starch paste: for ingredients/quantities see. p. 5. Measure out one part starch to five parts water. Stir the starch with one part cold water using the whisk until smooth. Bring the remaining water to the boil and stir into the stirred starch. Beat with the whisk until lump-free. Allow the starch mix to cool overnight. Stir with the whisk and blend with the hand blender.

2. Using a brush, spread the lump-free paste onto paper or card with broad strokes.

3. Apply paste-like paints (gouache, tempera, finger paint) onto this base.

4. Mix the paints, then manipulate using combs, spatulas, wood strips and brush handles, making the subsurface visible in the process. Perhaps sprinkle mica onto the wet base.

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR USE

Children starting school can stick cardboard strips into the cardboard roll index, which can be used to note basic tasks or specialist terms. Thicker, glued on objects can also be stored in the robust sleeves. The pocket album serves as a treasure trove of collected texts and images, all glued onto the inserted cards.  It is ideally suited as a gift book, e.g. to send special wishes to a friend or for five people to give a loved one a parting gift of five, beautifully packaged short letters. In the wafer-thin, yet tear-resistant tea bags of the collector's organiser there is room for pressed plants, feathers, stamps, patches, wafers or collector's picture cards. On account of its secure closure and DIN format, the concertina folder is suitable for the storage of photos, postcards, drawings, recipe cards, short poems and wishlists.

 

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