I made my kids pretend passports to use with our Five In a Row Curriculum Lessons and they turned out beautiful. I used the free templates at FIARcircle.com and made some of my own passport stamps for each country we "visited" and printed out the flags of each country as well.
Luckily I have Photoshop where I'm able to edit the stamps with the dates we traveled to another country. The kids love when they get their stamps. If you're unable to do much editing, you can also go to Shutterstock.com for a great selection of passport stamp images. It saves you the time of trying to make your own images which usually requires photo shop/illustrator knowledge.
I highly recommend purchasing card stock for the cover. Wausau - Exact Index Card Stock, 110lb, White - 250 Sheets - Index
Unfortunately my 2 year old got a hold of them and wrote all over them... so I want to make them again for this year. Here's the photos of my sons before she marked them up.
Even though I plan on using the ones we made, I came across a fun Geography kit that also uses pretend passports. The website is Little Passports and I thought many of you with kids who are between the ages of 5-10 might be interested in this product as well.
Save 15% on Little Passports order with code JOLLY15 through 12/17/12.
I came across a Mamapedia deal for Little Passports that I couldn't pass up. Plus I had a $10 credit and jumped on the opportunity. :) So this deal is 50% off a 3-Month Little Passports Subscription ($47 value for $23) The deal is currently over, however it seems as if Mamapedia posts a new deal for the Little Passports Subscription every few months. Mamapedia also offers other great products related to children, beauty and education.
Homeschool Buyers Co-Op also offers a deal every few months, so sign up and you can be notified when they offer a group buy.
Each month, your child will receive a package from fictional characters Sofia and Sam as they “travel” to a new country. As he reads the adventure letter and discovers exciting souvenirs and activities, he’ll learn about what it’s like to live in Japan, Brazil, and other locales. As each country is visited, your child will receive a personalized package via postal mail that includes an adventure letter, fun souvenirs, activities and access to Little Passport’s online Boarding Zone full of games and activities. The souvenirs and stickers are such a fun treat for the kids, such as an amethyst gemstone from Brazil, an origami kit from Japan. In addition the kids receive stamps for their passport and stickers to stick on the outside of their suitcase! Oh! and you get a world map too!
Update: I received it in the mail and I absolutely loved it. We did the 3 month subscription and the kids enjoyed it. I probably enjoyed it more than they did. :) It introduced us to a few countries which then inspired me to add to the lesson. I highly recommend it.