Project: Lapbook – Sea Creatures

As part of C’s June holiday assignment from school, we had to do a project related to sea creatures. Projects such as making a paper mache model, or visiting the fish market were suggested. We decided to do a lapbook (yes, I chose something that could be easily transported and stored)

We started by doing a paper collage of C’s favourite sea creature – the dolphin. C looked for blue and pink shades in magazines and cut them into tiny pieces. She had fun creating the collage, and I really liked the way it turned out. This got the place of honour, on the cover of the lapbook.

Lapbook cover

Lapbook cover with paper collage dolphin

We read books on sea creatures that I borrowed from the library (unfortunately I forgot to take pictures), and added some fun fact flaps. C was amazed to learn about zooplankton, the smallest sea creatures, and she was intrigued to find out that the blue whale was as long as a MRT train cabin (I had to use real-life examples to illustrate how big/fast/small the sea creatures were).

Fun facts about sea creatures

Fun facts about sea creatures

We also learnt about the different classifications of sea creatures. She learnt about molluscs, crustaceans, mammals, reptiles and fish. We found this really interesting video on molluscs on youtube- C loved it!

Classifying sea creatures

Classifying sea creatures

We also took another trip to the SEA Aquarium. This was C’s second trip down, and this time round we were lucky to see the dolphins (a new exhibit).

C wrote a little booklet documenting her trip. She selected the photos that she wanted to put in the book, and typed out the captions (I resized the photos and adjusted the formatting, but she did the rest). It was excruciatingly slow watching her type l…e…t…t…e…r by l…e…t…t…e…r but the results were worth it. She was so proud of her work that she did a little presentation of it 🙂

C's account of her 2nd visit to SEA Aquarium

C’s account of her 2nd visit to SEA Aquarium

Here’s the completed lapbook. A simple project, but we had fun learning about sea creatures (they are amazing!), and C got to write her very first mini-book!

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completed lapbook

Did you know that there is a sea creature with three hearts?

p/s we did do a paper mache model of a dolphin too, but C didn’t like it enough to allow me to take a picture of it.

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13 thoughts on “Project: Lapbook – Sea Creatures

  1. Zee

    What a nice idea! It got me thinking what am I to do next time when Aly has projects given that I am so hopelessly uncreative! Haha. Ok but that’s not the point. :p

    love the dolphin collage and the mini book! C ought to be really proud of herself. Good of you to let her have a go at typing 🙂

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    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Thanks Zee! Don’t worry, when the time comes you’ll definitely have ideas (if not, there’s always the Internet! ;)) haha, she needs more practice on the keyboard – I had to resist a strong urge to take over after watching her type her second page.

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  2. nerdinthebrain

    Fantasic! I love the collage! It looks like C has a lot be proud of. 😀 Grace and I do a lot of lapbooks for homeschool (of course, she calls them “learning folders”)…if you’re ever interested, you can see a lot of them on her homeschool blog. 🙂 (www.homeschoolhijinks.com)

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  3. Adeline

    I’m always super impressed by the lap books you and C create! It’s wonderful how she takes such pride in her work, and has so much fun learning too. I must try to remember all these ideas, and hopefully try to recreate them with Noah a few years down the road! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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