If you’re like our family, you love going on outings and exploring new places with each other. We love to get out, especially in the summer, and do things together as a family. We spend a lot of time at the zoo, hiking, and other places that can be crowded and/or dangerous to get separated. While I pray that no one ever knows the fear of being separated from their children, I also believe it is best to always be prepared. It is important to teach kids public safety early and even more important to have a system in place for kids who are too young to talk. These DIY emergency lanyards for kids are the perfect solution for younger children. Each child should have his or her own lanyard and you should always make sure the information on it is up-to-date. Luckily, it is so simple to make and you can grab the free printable for you to make these for your own children.
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Print and fill out kid’s emergency ID printable for each child. Or make your own including important contact and allergy information for your child.
Cut out ID’s and place on self-laminating sheet. Cover and seal, being sure to leave space between each ID.
- I like using the single-sided laminating sheets because it is easier to control the items you are laminating but that is a personal preference.
Cut out laminated ID’s, leaving about ¼” border of plastic around the edge.
Punch a hole in the top of the laminated ID close to the paper and not the outside edge. If you place it too close to the edge, it increases the chances of the tag ripping off of the lanyard.
Next, place your eyelet through the whole and secure in place with an eyelet setter.
Thread your plastic cording through your eyelet.
- I chose to braid mine to make it sturdier. Also make sure it is long enough to loop around your child’s neck like a necklace.
Securely knot the cording and attach plastic clip.
If your child has belt loops when you’re out and about, clip to the belt loop and also pull the ID through one of them. Then put the ID part in their pocket. This is the most secure way for kids to carry these. If they don’t have belt loops and/or pockets, it can also be worn as a necklace under their shirt or dress. Make sure it is not immediately visible and talk to your kids about showing the ID to law enforcement or location workers if they ever get lost or separated from you. Make sure they know how to identify the people who they should go to for help. Now, you can enjoy your time together more and worry less while on vacation or in a busy park.
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