How to Make an ID Card for a Child

Written by todd bowerman
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Providing your child with an identification card is an important step in keeping him safe. All children should have some sort of identification card that can help other people find you in the event your children get lost. This is especially important if you are planning to travel with a small child. In an emergency, your child's identification card could make the difference. You can make an ID card using several different methods.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    With Microsoft Word

  1. 1

    Open Microsoft Word. Depending on your version of Windows, it is likely located on your Start menu in a folder marked "Microsoft Office."

  2. 2

    Click the Office button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and select "New" to open the New Document window.

  3. 3

    Select "Business Cards" from the templates list, then choose a business card with an image on it. Click "Download" to open it. Business cards are perfect templates for creating an ID because they already are the correct size.

  4. 4

    Enter your child's important information in the text areas of the business card. Name, age, gender, and your contact information are all excellent things to include.

  5. 5

    Click the images on the business card and delete them. Next, click "Insert" at the top of the Word window.

  6. 6

    Click "Picture" on the Insert bar and select a recent photograph of your child. Scale it down until it fits on the card by clicking and dragging its corners (if you hold "Shift" while you do this, the proportions will be preserved).

  7. 7

    Check over the ID card once more to ensure all information is correct, and then print it out. Take it to a local copy shop and have it laminated to ensure it will last, and then give it to your child.

    By Hand

  1. 1

    Cut out a small picture of your child. A recent school portrait is usually a good bet.

  2. 2

    Cut an index card or piece of construction paper down to roughly business-card size. Thicker paper ensures the card will last longer.

  3. 3

    Glue your child's picture into the upper left-hand area of the card.

  4. 4

    Fill in the remainder of the card with your child's information, including name, address, phone number and age. You can write this by hand with a permanent marker, but be sure the text is legible.

  5. 5

    Laminate your homemade card to protect it from damage.

    With Textedit

  1. 1

    Open Textedit by double-clicking it in the "Applications" folder on your Mac computer, and create a document.

  2. 2

    Type your child's name on the first line, then hit the "Return" key to go to the next line.

  3. 3

    Enter your child's information such as name, birth date, gender, and your contact information on subsequent lines.

  4. 4

    Print the information on a plain white sheet of paper. Once printed, glue a small picture of your child to the paper and cut it down to business-card size.

  5. 5

    Laminate your card to ensure it resists stains and tears.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not want to make a card on your own, several websites offer card-creation services for a small fee.

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