Image by UK Home Office; Flickr.
If your children are taking a history or geography class that takes them around the globe, you may want to consider helping them make their own passports. Whenever a child is studying a new country, he can add this country to his passport. When the class is over, he will have a fake passport to remind him of all of the countries he "visited."
Take a picture of the pupil with a digital camera. Try to do it with a white background, and capture only from the shoulders and above.
Download the picture to the computer and print it out. Standard passport photo measurements are 35 mm (1.4 inches) by 45 mm (1.8 inches), but you can be more lenient since it is a school project and not a real passport.
Cut and fold a piece of maroon card to the rough size of a UK passport -- 9 by 12.5 cm (3 1/2 by 4 7/8 inches). Use your own real passport as a guide for correct sizing.
Cut a few sheets of white paper to fit inside of the passport and staple them in at the crease.
Use gold alphabet letters to spell out "Passport" across the bottom front of the fake passport and "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" across the top front. Then add the royal coat of arms emblem to the middle. The front of your passport is now finished.
Glue the passport picture you created earlier on the back page inside of your fake passport. Then add some personal information such as birth date, address and passport issue date (just use the current date). You can also add an expiration date, which will be 10 years after the issue date.
Use one page for each country that you learn about in school. When you learn about it, print out the country's flag and paste it underneath the name of the country. You may also want to add information about each passport, such as population, types of food served and what the country is best known for.
- You may want to laminate the outside cover of the passport.
- Image by UK Home Office; Flickr.