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Monday, November 14, 2011

Horses lapbook

This is another lapbook that we made in Fall 2007. Doesn't every girl love horses? We decorated this lapbook with stickers and stamps that we had on hand. My daughter had fun learning about horses while making this lapbook!

One of our favorite kids' albums is "In Harmony" by Sesame Street. On that album, there is a song called "I want a Horse" by Linda Ronstadt and Wendy Waldman. We printed the lyrics for our lapbook, you can find them here.

Here is where we got several activity pages, including the word unscramble, and the cover image/ title.
Left side, flap open:
Parts of horse, horse facial markings on left flap

Here you can find the horse facial markings page to print.
Here is a black and white facial markings close-up image that we used.

Left folder middle:
Parts of the horse page found here:  - under Kids fun & learn pages.
I printed information from here about horse terms, and my daughter wrote some colors of horses onto an index card. (buckskin, flaxey, palomino, pinto)

Right flap of left folder:
Photo of my daughter riding a horse, and the Horse Word Unscramble, found here.

Left flap closed, with lyrics printed for "I want a Horse", link given above to print.
Right folder:
Left flap open:
A picture of my daughter riding a horse, and a horse picture, also from here.

Right flap closed:
What is...
We used the Basic terms word match button on this website ( to make quiz cards on index cards (cut in half) and in a folded index card for a pocket.
The horse maze and the horse picture to color you can find here.

Right folder middle:
Quiz questions and answers

Here is some horse information quiz questions. I couldn't find the answers online anywhere, so I typed them up and here they are:
  1. Horses generally sleep standing up, but spend some time lying down if they feel safe enough.
  2. A farrier is a person who shoes and trims horse’s feet.
  3. Horses and ponies have a very good sense of smell.
  4. No, horses do not have muscles in their lower legs.
  5. The four paces of a horse are: walk, trot, canter and gallop.
  1. A pony measures 14.2 hands and under, while a horse is over 14.2 hands high.
  2. Falabellas from Argentina are the smallest breed of horse.
  3. Yes, horses can swim. Many really enjoy the water!
  4. A roached (or hogged) mane is one which has been shaved off.
  5. A sire is always a male horse. He is the father.
  1. Horses have very food “homing” senses and can find their way  back from a very long way away.
  2. The average lifespan of a horse is around 20-25 years.
  3. Experienced horsepeople can tell the age of a horse by looking at its teeth.
  4. Yes! Feathers are the long hairs on the back of a horse’s “ankle”. They help to drain water away from the hoof.
  5. Horses at grass spend around 11-13 hours a day grazing.
  1. A snip is a face marking.
  2. 2. A green horse is one that has not been broken in very long.
  3. The measurement used for horses is “hands high” or “hh”. 1 hand= 4 inches or 10 cm.
  4. You groom a horse to keep it clean and to enable its skin to breathe properly.
  5. Yes. A bridle without a bit is called a hackmore.
  1. A horse’s hoof is always growing, just like your fingernails, so shoes need to be re-fitted regularly.
  2. You should always mount a horse from its left (or near) side.
  3. A red ribbon on a horse’s tail indicates that it may kick, so you should stay away.
  4. 4. A male foal up to three years old is called a colt.
  5. Yes, horses do make friends and will often have a special “buddy’.

Here is the leg markings page we printed, cut in two parts and stapled above the information from the web page. (under the heading kids fun and learn pages). 
Right folder, right flap open:
Horse maze and dot-to-dot:

Here is where we got the horse dot-to-dot.
Here is where we got the horse maze.
Right folder, right flap closed:
Horse coloring page open, see here.
There is one horse word search here. The one we used above is found here.

We also read some horses books when we worked on this lap book, such as Misty of Chincoteague and King of the Wind, both by Marguerite Henry. I think this was the year that my daughter had a horses birthday party and received several books for her birthday!

Hope that helps and hope you enjoy this lapbook! Let me know if any of the links do not work!

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