Monday, December 19, 2011

Pop-Up Books Part 1 (The Basics)

Put aside everything you have ever thought of about children when it comes to children making their own books.  When you introduce pop-ups, foldable tabs, and flips to student made books,  book making goes to another level.  I work with students from kindergaren thru eight grade level with both reading and math as an instructional coach.  Kids and parents love these books.  I also do teacher workshops. Of all the workshops, this one is a surefire favorite. 

Not only are these books cute, but they are a sneaky way to get students to review concepts they have learned.  Shhh! Do not tell that part to the students. 

Throughout the week, I will show the basics about pop-ups and book making and then show you examples of books that kids have made and that I have made as demos for teachers.

Teachers use these in a variety of ways.  Some use these books as visual notes to review a topic or theme.  Others place the books in learning centers as review activities.  Still some have students create their own books as book reports.

Materials Needed:
  • file folders or card stock (this will be used as your book)
  • glue or tape
  • scissors
  • a variety of pieces of card stock

Step 1:
Fold your paper in half.  In the middle, cut two lines about an inch apart.

Step 2:
Bend this tab to make it flexible.

Step 3:
Open the paper, and pull the tab that you have made inside out.

Step 4:
This is what it should look like when the paper is refolded.

Step 5:
Open the paper.  It should look like this and have a pop-up tab.

Step 6:
Students can add whatever they would like
to the pop-up tab.  I placed it off center for you to see it easily.


  1. This is another brilliant post! You are just amazing! I'd love to have you link this one up at Teach Me Tuesday too (! I hope to see you there!

    Carla @ Whole Child Creative Curriculum