How to Make a Passport as a Children's Craft Project

    by A. Elizabeth Freeman

    About the Author

    Based in Pennsylvania, A. Elizabeth Freeman has been writing professionally since 2007, when she started writing theater reviews for and Theater Talk's New Theater Corps blog. Since then, she has written for Phillyist, TheNest, ModernMom and "Rhode Island Home and Design" magazine, among others. Freeman has an Master of Fine Arts in dramaturgy/theater criticism from CUNY/Brooklyn College.


    Help a child explore the world by making a pretend passport with him. The project shouldn't take more than an afternoon and is a great way to start off a summer vacation. Take his picture and glue it to the front page of the book, just like in a real passport. The child can take the passport with him whenever he goes on field trips or family vacations and add stamps and other mementos to the pages of the book.

    Things You'll Need

    • Empty cereal or cracker box, or a piece of card stock
    • Printer paper or light-colored construction paper
    • Scissors
    • Ruler
    • Stapler
    • Markers
    • Digital camera

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    Take the child's picture. The photo should be a head and shoulders shot. Either print out the photo on your home printer or take it to a photo developing center. You want the printed picture to be about 2 inches square.

    Cut out a piece of the cereal box or card stock that measures 7 inches wides by 5 inches high. Cut out 15 pieces of paper that measure 7 inches wide by 5 inches high. You can have the child do this to help him learn how to measure and cut.

    Stack the pieces of paper neatly on top of each other and then fold width wise down the middle, so that you have a booklet that measures 3.5 inches wide by 5 inches high. Fold the card stock down the center so that it also measures 3.5 inches wide by 5 inches high.

    Insert the stack of paper into the folded card stock. Trim any uneven edges. Staple the paper to the card stock along the center crease.

    Glue the child's picture to the inside front cover of the passport. Have him write his name, birth date and place of birth next to the photo. He can sign the passport too.

    Decorate the front of the passport any way the child wants. He can make it resemble an official passport or not. He can also draw and decorate the inside pages.

    • Use dark blue construction paper and a gold metallic marker to duplicate the look of a real passport.
    • Consider laminating the cover if your child plans to carry the passport with him.
    • Don't put too much identifying information inside the passport in case it gets lost.