Last summer I started doing Around the World themed days with my nephew and niece. As a kid I always loved learning about different cultures and customs. So I figured my nephew and niece might enjoy a little cultural exploration too. And what better way to do that than to “travel” around the world one country at a time? Travel is thrilling and magical. It gives us a chance to step out of the mundane and everyday and experience the new and unfamiliar. I believe travel is one of the best ways to show kids the beauty and magic that can be found all around the world. And as Edith Wharton said, “One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.” But before you set forth on your adventures, you’ll need a passport. These pretend passports are a wonderful way to kickstart your kid’s curiosity and wanderlust.
- Dark blue cardstock
- White printer paper
- Pretend passport printout (Download PDF)
- Glue stick or double-sided tape
1. Print out the cover on dark blue cardstock using the pretend passport PDF. Measure and cut out the cover so that it is 7 inches wide and 5 inches tall.
2. Measure and cut out 5 x 7 inch slips of paper for the inside of your pretend passport using plain white printer paper. Cut out as many pieces as you think you’ll want. I used 10 slips of white paper for this passport. Fold them and the cover in half.
3. Staple the white paper inside your pretend passport cover at the spine.
4. Print and cut out the inserts on plain white printer paper. Use a glue stick or double-sided tape to attach them to the first page and inside cover of your pretend passport.
Now all you have to do is help your kid attach their picture, fill in their information, and then you’re ready to hit the road. In the next post I’ll show you how to throw a Japan themed Around the World party for kids that might give you some ideas for other countries and cultures you want to explore. Just don’t forget to stamp your pretend passports each time you cross the border!