For my Co-op class this year along with my Art Around the Ancient World program I am incorporating a bit of geography. To kill two birds with one stone I have created geography passports for the kids in my class. They also serve as name tags for my students because I am simply terrible with names. I use homemade stamps, one for each ancient civilization we cover, to stamp each child’s passport once they complete each project for the time period.
I made up these little passports for each child in my class. Actually, we call them visas for the class, but they can be used for either. The idea is to stamp them with the countries “visited”- learned about. Another possibility is to add stickers to them. I made mine extra large to fit several stamps on the one sheet or page but you may decide a booklet or portfolio insert works better for your homeschool setting. In addition, I added the names and info for the kids and a very nice picture of them. I figured they might make nice keepsakes for the class.
Materials needed to make homemade geography stamps for your passports.
I created homemade stamps for use with each ancient civilization we cover. I couldn’t find a stamp for Sumeria or Babylon, who knew? So when I started looking for a way to fulfill my idea I found this possibility and it worked perfectly. I was shocked and so pleased with the very good outcome.
To make these stamps you’ll need:
- Blocks of some kind. I used foam blocks which I purchased for $1.
- Foam Sheets
- Glue ( Hot or school glue both work but school glue needs to dry overnight.)
- Ink pad, Black or preferred color
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Step by Step Homemade Geography Stamps
1. Begin with any block. I bought $1 foam blocks. But you can use wooden blocks or anything that might work. Cut out the same size square from foam sheets. I just traced around the blocks for the right size. Then cut them out.
2. Draw with pencil your symbol for the country or in my case, civilization. You can use anything that’s easy to draw. I chose symbols of each ancient civilization, things the children would recognize from their lessons. For example, for Babylon I drew a simple ziggurat. The trick is pressing hard enough and deep enough while drawing that your image will not get ink on it. It’s actually a reverse of a true stamp. Usually a stamp is raised and only ink goes on the raised design. In this case, the design has no ink but the surrounding area does.
3. Be sure that you write your text inverted, or backwards. Otherwise, you’ll end up with the name of the country backward! Once you have drawn the design and it’s finished just glue the each foam sheet design to a block.
4. Let dry overnight. To speed things, you can use hot glue.
5. Lastly, test your stamp and see how it works out. The biggest thing is making your impression deep enough for a good result. Making sure you have a good ink pad can also be a factor. Here’s how mine came out:
Ways to use Homemade Geography Stamps for Kids
I used my homemade geography stamps for my students passports for each civilization we studied. But you can certainly use it in a more traditional way as you study each country. You might make the shape of the country for your image or perhaps the design of their flag. Why not make yours look like a real visa stamp? There is no limit to how creative you want to be with these!