In an increasingly global economy, people who are knowledgeable about cultures other than their own are at a marked advantage. Providing young students with engaging activities can encourage them to learn more about different countries. Creating a make-believe passport is an educational activity for children that allows them to begin the lifelong task of learning about international travel and foreign cultures.
Things You'll Need:
- Copy Paper
Use the ruler tool in a standard word processing program to create a document that is 5 inches in height and 7 inches in width.
Type the word "PASSPORT" across the top in a large, easily legible font. At the bottom of the page, in smaller font, type in the name of the country that has issued the passport (such as the United States of America). Leave space in the center for the student to draw in his own country seal after it is printed, using a standard passport as reference.
Insert a page break, and create a second page with the same dimensions. This page will contain the student's identifying information and photograph. Insert a 1.5-by-2-inch digital photograph of the child on the top of this page. Below the photograph, type in the following information: name (last name first), date of birth, place of birth, date of issue, and date of expiration.
Insert another page break, and create a third page with the same dimensions. This page will contain visa information for the student. Type the word "Visas" on top of the page. Create five subsequent pages of the same dimensions, and type the word "Visas" on top of each of those.
Save and print your document on standard copy paper. Staple your pages together on the upper left corner.
Allow your student to "visit" several countries through such activities as reading, music, dance or film. After a student has toured each country, print the country seal of that nation from the Internet and and glue it to a visa page. Write the date of the student's visit underneath.
Vashti Gray Sadjedy has been writing professionally since 2005. Under the auspices of the Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals, she has published the indexes to "Christensen's Ragtime Review," "Music Vanguard" and "The Metronome" and has several other publications forthcoming. She holds graduate degrees in musicology from the University of Maryland and bachelor's degrees in music and English literature from St. Mary's College of Maryland.