Here is the lapbook my 3-year-old son completed. We did this over the course of a few days in bits and pieces. The first thing he did was color the pumpkin pocket shown in the photo below. He had amazing concentration for this and worked hard until he had completely colored it orange with a green stem. He only left a few blank spots that he asked me to color for him.
I printed the Thankful Pictures and Pumpkin Pocket from Christian Preschool Printables. (They have LOTS of free printables on their website.) My son and I looked through the pictures and put the ones that showed what he is thankful for into the pumpkin pocket.
On the inside left page of the lapbook are a maze printed from Kaboose (free) and a counting crows worksheet printed from Kidssoup (this page was a member-only printable). I cut apart the crow counting worksheet into individual boxes and let my little boy use number stamps to stamp the numbers for the quantities since he can't write yet. The next photo shows the counting pages out of the pocket.
Also on the left side is a little library pocket I printed from Homeschoolshare. They have the most amazing amount of free resources to print. (I found the template for the pocket after I had already done the other one for the crow counting cards.) I will definitely be blogging about that website more in the future as I am SURE I will be using some of their activities both at home and at school. Inside the little pocket are some Thanksgiving ABC cards I made and printed up. If you would like you are welcome to print them off for your own use. Here is the document link: Download Thanksgiving lapbook ABC My son is just beginning to associate printed letters with their sounds and make the connection between a given sound and things beginning with that sound. So we just went through the cards and talked about that "/t-t-t-/ T is for /t-t/ turkey", etc. Below is a photo of the ABC cards.
On the right hand side I stapled a Mayflower tracing paper from Kidssoup. My little guy worked really hard at tracing the blue waves and yellow sun. He was so proud of himself. Beneath the Mayflower paper we glued a little brown die-cut Mayflower that we got for free from our local public library. (Thanks, Miss Teresa, if you're reading this!)
And on the back cover is a jigsaw puzzle I printed from DLTK. To help him complete the puzzle since it was made of paper, I first glued the top left piece down and then had him make the puzzle. Then I helped him glue them in place. See photo below for the puzzle (Don't you love those little fingers at the bottom? I know I do!)
As promised, here are some links to a few great lapbooking resources I've found online:
1+1+1=1 is a great blog with LOTS of great resources and links. In addition to several lapbook posts, you MUST checkout the TotSchool posts if you have a little one at home. Lots of super ideas!
Homeschoolshare is also an amazing wealth of free information. In addition to an extensive lapbook section, there are many, many great resources for unit studies on a variety of non-fiction topics as well as many great children's books. I am greatly looking forward to exploring this site a lot more.
Lapbook Lessons is another site where you can sign up for free to access lots of great printables.
DLTK-Kids has many, many free printables that would work great in your lapbooks. I used several of their printables for our Thanksgiving books.