People have identification cards, why not pets? Make a Pet I.D. card for your family pet, a fun activity that also gives your child some writing practice.
What You Need:
- Cardboard or card stock paper, around 4 ½ x 6 inches
- Markers, colored pencils
- Glue stick
- Photograph of your family pet
What You Do:
- Tell your child he will make a “Pet I.D. Card” for the family pet (dog, cat, fish, cat rabbit, or whatever), although it is just for fun and not really an official identification card.
- Find a good photograph of your pet and let your child cut out a facial close-up. Your child can cut the photo to about a 2 x 2 inch size, similar to a passport photo. If you don’t have a good photo of your pet, another option is to let your child draw a picture of his pet in the upper left corner of the card stock paper, in a box of about 2 x 2 inches.
- If using a photograph, have your child draw a box in the upper left corner of his card stock paper, and use the glue stick to glue his pet’s photo inside the box.
- Have your child write information next to and under the photograph of the kinds of things that would appear on a person’s identification card: your pet’s full name, home phone number, home address, height, weight, fur (hair) color, eye color, and other distinguishing features!
- On the back of the card, your child can collect and write more information about his pet, for example: games the pet likes to play, the pet’s habits, daily schedule, favorite foods, favorite toys, and favorite people. He can also draw a picture of his pet on the back. Have fun with it!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.