Thursday, October 29, 2009

Montessori Toddler Lapbook: My First Lapbook

Assalamu alaikum,

Alhamdulillah, I finished my first lapbook! It's a Montessori inspired Toddler lapbook insha'Allah. It contains things that todders do throughout their day insha'Allah.

This is the cover:

This is the first page and the inside flaps (right and left flaps):

This is a close-up of the first inside page. There are cards for Quran and dua on the left flap. In the middle it says 'Storytime' and the bookcase has three pockets to hold mini-books insha'Allah. You can also see the right flap in this picture. It has an ayah about the five daily prayers, a hadith about them and then a mini-book that names each of the five daily prayers. Kids can colour this mini-book insha'Allah.

This is the next page. It is for learning to set a table correctly (Montessori inspired). Two year olds learn this in Montessori classrooms (or is it younger? I don't remember right now). I will use real child size dishes for this activity insha'Allah.

This page shows a colour matching game. There is a pocket on the bottom of the page to store the different colour masaajid insha'Allah.

This page shows a lift the flap book about fruits:

This is the last page and it is also Montessori inspired. The child matches the geometric shape to the outline. There is a window in the midle of the page so the shapes can be changed insha'Allah. The pieces for this activity are stored in a pocket on the back of the lapbook insha'Allah (not pictured).

This lapbook took me about a week to complete because I kept changing my mind about what I wanted to put in it (hehe) many possibilities! I wanted this lapbook to be something the kids can work on pretty much independently insha'Allah. I was also thinking 'travel companion' for kids too insha'Allah.

Insha'Allah, I'll update this post and add the Arabic Quran and Dua files but here is the 'Five Daily Prayers' Minibook in English and this is the 'Five Daily Prayers Minibook in Arabic insha'Allah. Unfortunately, the Arabic files are giving me trouble when I try to PDF them and even in MS Word they're doing funny things.

Also, jazakillahu Khayr dear sister Umm Abdul Basir for teaching me how to add extensions to a lapbook (her pictures where the only things that helped me figure it out. I couldn't find any tutorial on the web that shows how to do that subhana'Allah).

But alhamdulillah the lapbook is done. I think these will be very useful to have in learning centres insha'Allah. I don't know what we'll do next but we'll see insha'Allah.

*Update* : Here are the graphics I used for the lapbook insha'Allah: Lapbook Grapics and here is the Masjid Colour Matching Game insha'Allah.

*Update II*: Here are the Quran cards and Athkar cards for the lapbook alhamdulillah.

Enjoy insha'Allah!


  1. As Salaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmahtuallahi Wa Barakatuh

    SUBHAN ALLAH!! I LOVE IT!! for your first one, it's absolutely,positively more than I thought it could be! Did I say I LOVE IT!? The bookcase pocket! Who would have thought to do that? Great JOB!!! Can't wait to see more! insha Allah

  2. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

    Aww! Jazakillahu Khayr dear sis! (big hug)

    It was fun to do alhamdulillah and insha'Allah, I'll be able to do more. This could easily become an addiction (uh-oh!

    Barak Allahu feki for all of your help dear sis!

  3. Assalaamu Alaikum Ya Ukhti

    Masha Allaah this looks so cute. I am very much new for this lapbook business lol. I have never done this but would love to do it. I am very happy that you are focusing more on the good stuff of the Montessori method as I am familiar with this too masha Allaah.

    One thing that bothers me is that will a two year old try to remove things that are on it if you are not supervising them? My daughter loves exploring and very rarely she does such a thing. But she can get into a mood and do things sneakily and you will find some papers torn lol. Just want to know how did you all manage insha Allaah.

    Masha Allaah happy to know that you like the name Maimoonah, so do we lol. And am sure if you ever meet her now you will fall in love with her at your first meeting lol masha Allaah.

    Barakallaah Feeki

    Umm Maimoonah

  4. As Salamu Alaikum

    Masha Allah Tabarak Allah Sis Umm An-Nu'man this is absolutely lovely.

    I first time I was introduced to the Lap Book was when I checked Umm Abdul Basir's site.

    Wow, this is a great way to teach children

    May Allah Ta'ala reward you for your efforts Ameen


  5. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

    Umm Maimoonah, jazakillahu khary dear sis. This is also my first introduction to lapbooking. I'd seen it around the web but was not too interested but now!'s so much fun subhana'Allah. I suggest you give it a try insha'Allah. And for Montessori, yes, I have a strong appreciation for that method of educating children alhamdulillah. I will try to post more Montessori activities insha'Allah in the near future.

    For two year olds and paper. Yes, this can be an issue, however, the parts in the lapbook that I thought may be tempting, I either laminated or used the pages for photo albums and put the actvitity in that and then glued that into the lapbook. If you model how to handle books using the presentation method suggested by Montessori, I think you will find that this will decrease (if not cease) insha'Allah. This is one of the reasons I like Montessori, it really does not underestimate what a child is capable of masha'Allah.

    I do not doubt that if I met your daughter I would certainly love her insha'Allah. Please pass her my salam and yes her name is very beautiful masha'Allah - this, I'm guessing is part of why you chose it yes? (smile)

    Stay in touch dear sister and wa feki barak Allah.

    Jazakillahu Khayr

  6. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

    Zaza! I was so happy to see your post! Ahlan dear sis (big hug)!

    Wa iyaki and Jazakillahu Khayr sis. I am very new to lapbooking but as you said, it has many advantages for teaching children insha'Allah.

    We'll see where this lapbooking adventure takes us insha'Allah (smile).

  7. Barakallahu feeki ukhti,
    MashaAllah tabarakallah this is one neat project. I am so inspired by this that I am off to do my first lapbook for my daughter A'aishah. InshaAllah its going to be fun for both of us.
    Jazaki Allah khair, may Allah azza wa jal preserve you. aameen. feeamanillah
    Umm Mahdi.

  8. Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

    Wa iyaki and wa feki barak Allah. And ameen to your dua.

    Jazakillahu khyar dear sis Umm Mahdi. And I would love to see your first lapbook insha'Allah. If you have a blog/website send the link so we can see insha'Allah (smile).

    I hope you and A'aishah have fun making your first lapbook insha'Allah.

  9. Dearest Sis Umm Nu'man,

    Masha Allah, Tabarak Allah for a first timer you are absolutely on the tops. I just love it ! I am amazed at it's simplicity yet at the vastness that it covers. I have a 2 year old and am Insha Allah definetly going to make one.

    Though I am a mother of three, I am very new to the montessori method of teaching and would love to learn more from you.

    HayakAllah Sis! May He make you a source of great benefit for this Ummah.

    Umm Kashifa

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  11. Assalamu alaikum wa rahamtullahi wa barakatuh,

    Jazakillahu khayr dear sister Umm Kashifa for your kind words (smile). I am so happy that you will make a lapbook insha'Allah and I'd love to see it insha'Allah.

    I hope to post more Montessori activites very soon insha'Allah. And ameen to your dua.

    Send pics of your lapbook if you can insha'Allah.

    Jazakillahu Khayr

  12. salam alaykoum,
    thanks for all sister, your blog is very funny!
    visit my french website
    I do many lapbook too!
    jazakillah khayran wa allahoumma barak laki

  13. waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuh,

    jazakillahu khayr dear sis! (smile) I am happy that you enjoy the blog walhamdulillah. I visited your blog and masha'Allah I really like the poles/polar lapbook you did. Insha'Allah, I'll browse your blog more because I'd like to see your other lapbooks too insha'Allah. These are such versitle learning tools subhana'Allah.

  14. umm abdur-rahmaan jemilahApril 18, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    asalaamu'alaykum dear sis
    i absolutely love your lapbook. inshallaah i cant wait to get started with abdur-rahmaan.i have no idea about montessori teaching so i need to find out more about it. jazaakillaah khair for all your great work, may Allaah reward you abundantly in this life & in more in the hereafter, ameen. wasalaam umm abdur-rahmaan jemilah ps can you provide the qur'aan dua that you have done on the 1st page too please jazaakillaah

  15. Waaliakum assalam wa rahmatullah

    Jazakillahu Khayr dear sis Umm Abdur-Rahmaan Jemilah. There a few links/books on the blog about Montessori if you'd like to learn more about it insha'Allah. And ameen to your dua ()hug))!

    And jazakillahu khayr for reminding me...I never updated this post with the Arabic Quran and Dua files! eehhh! Tayyib, insha'Allah, in this coming week I will do my best to update this post and include them. But do not be shy to remind me if I forget again (smile).

    Jazakillahu Khayr dear sis!

  16. umm abdur-rahmaan jemilahMay 1, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Asalaamu'alaykum dear sis,
    inshallaah i hope your in the best of health& eemaan. i must say i have been busy printing things from your blog for abdur-rahmaan to do. I'm sure ur very busy but inshallaah i cant wait for the rest of the files of this toddler lapbook to be updated (wink wink!!)I'm really looking forward to doing this lapbook!Jazaakillaah khair. wasalaam x

  17. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

    Jazakillahu Khayr for the reminder...ohhh I forgot!...I had the feeling that I would need a'Allah dear sis, I'll try to put the files up this evening. Jazakillahu khayr once again for the reminder.

  18. umm abdur-rahmaan jemilahMay 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Asalaamu'alaykum dear sis
    just wanted to say jazaakillaah khair for the updates. Mashallaah they are cute. wasalaam


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