For an exciting way to teach children about other places, create a kids passport with them. Use this fun craft in the classroom or at home to familiarise children with world geography and international studies. Pretend passports are also useful in teaching children the requirements and procedures for travelling to different countries. Take the passport on family trips and outings; have children fill it with pictures and stories of your travels. Making a passport is a simple activity, but younger children will need the help of an adult.
Gather 3 pieces of copy paper. Fold these pieces of paper in half lengthwise so that the edges line up. Unfold the paper and cut with the scissors along the crease you just created. This will give you 6 pieces of paper that measure 5 1/2-by-8 1/2 inches.
Fold the 6 sheets of paper in half lengthwise. This will be the inside of your passport.
Choose a piece of construction paper for the passport cover; fold it in half. Unfold the paper and cut along the crease. This will give you two 9-by-6-inch pieces of paper. Fold 1 of these pieces in half lengthwise.
Fit the folded copy paper inside the folded construction paper so it is centred and the creases are lined up; this forms your passport. Open the passport and slide it into the stapler with the cover facing up. Staple the passport twice, once near the top of the crease and once near the bottom. When stapling, make sure the staples line up with the crease of the passport. You may need to bend the cover slightly to line the crease up with the stapler. Parents should do the stapling for young children.
Write the word "Passport" in large letters on the passport cover with crayons or markers. If desired, layer clear packing tape on the cover to laminate it and protect it from damage. Trim any excess tape off with the scissors.
Open the passport to the first page and glue or tape your picture there. A wallet-sized school photo works well for this. If you don't have a picture that is small enough, draw a picture of yourself. Write your name, address and any other interesting information about yourself next to or underneath your picture.
Fill each page of the passport with information about trips you take or places you'd like to visit. Place stickers, stamps, or any other decorations inside to remind you of your travels.
Children should be under adult supervision when using scissors or a stapler.
Tips and warnings
- Children should be under adult supervision when using scissors or a stapler.
Things you need
- 3 sheets of copy paper, 8 1/2-by-11 inches
- 1 sheet of construction paper, 9-by-12 inches
- Clear packing tape
- Small photograph of child
- Glue or double-sided tape
- Crayons, markers, stickers and stamps