We’ve been subscribing to Little Passports for a while, ever since I reviewed the book Max, Mia, and Toby’s Adventures Around the World over the summer. I’ve finally collected 6 months worth of items and thought – what a good time to do a review.
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About Little Passports
In case you aren’t familiar with Little Passports, here’s a brief overview. They offer various subscription boxes for kids at different age levels and interests. Here are the options:
|Subscription||Age Range||Monthly topics|
|Early Explorers||Ages 3-5||a world theme like music or art|
|World Edition||Ages 6-10||discover a new country each month|
|USA Edition||Ages 7-12||learn about a new state|
|Science Expedition||Ages 9+||solve a mystery using science|
I opted for the World Explorer subscription because of my kids’ ages, personal interests, and this website.
Because I knew I was going to review them, I actually waited until I received a few packages before really examining them. I wanted to check out the quality consistency. I didn’t want to encourage or discourage a subscription based on one mailing. So, this is what happened when I received the first box.
Reviewing the First Box of the Little Passports World Edition Subscription Box
The first box I received set up the whole system. It introduced us to Sam & Sophia and the tools our family will use as we travel the world with Little Passports. The biggest item in the box? A cool colorful suitcase which is to be used store the items in the future packages. Along with the suitcase, we received items that set things up for future mailings.
- An introduction letter from Sam & Sofia, the kids who will be sending us packages as they travel around the world. Each package we receive afterward includes a letter from the kids talking about their adventures.
- A postcard – this time of the scooter they’re using to get around the world, but in the future is a picture of a destination they visited.
- An activity sheet. In this case, the sheet is for worldwide activities. In the future, they’re based on the places Sam & Sofia wrote about in their letter.
- A passport. The blank passport has a few questions to encourage kids to talk to their parents about travel. It also includes places to put stickers we’ll receive from the different destinations the kids go to.
- A map. Chart the destinations on the map with a sticker pin to mark the spot each month.
- A luggage tag. The luggage tag can be added to the suitcase handle, but even better it includes a secret code for more online fun. The first luggage tag you receive requires you to create an account to access the activities. Then the dashboard is updated everytime you add a new secret code. The first code offers 3 different world-based activities. Since my kids are on the lower range of the recommended ages, the trivia questions are too complicated for them. But the other activities are fun.
My thoughts on the first box? Loved the quality. The suitcase is awesome and sturdy. Looking at the empty box, though, and all I wanted to do is fill it up! I was ready to jump into the adventure and start learning about the places they were going to visit. This was the set-up. The packing or journey, if you will. But, I found myself really wanting to get to the destination. Are we there yet? Or, better, when will we get the first country? Don’t get me wrong – there was plenty to keep us busy. I just wanted to get arrive.
My tip for new subscribers? Combine it with the Max, Mia, and Toby’s Adventures Around the World book or World Coin Collection. Then, along with preparing for future packages, you can start discovering the world with Max, Mia, and Toby or talk about the world while examining different types of coins.
Overview of Little Passport boxes since the first package
Since that first package, I have received 5 more countries and counting. I will review them individually, but overall I’m pleased with what’s included. The letters cover a variety of country-specific details. Yet, they manage to keep it simple and to the point.The activities sheets can be anything from puzzles, recipes, or crafts.
There are stickers to pin on the map, put in the passport, and place on the suitcase. The postcard usually represents something mentioned in the letter, and the luggage tag is a cute accessory by itself – even better with the secret code to access online games. Each country also includes a souvenir. I love the variety the kids have received so far. Some of them are crafts, some of them mimic real souvenirs a friend might send, and others are little tokens.
I like the combination of having the familiar letter, activity sheet, postcard, and stickers with the surprise souvenir. It keeps the kids guessing.
Overall, I think the Little Passports is a fun way to help kids learn more about the world. Kids love to get mail. I love them learning about the world. Bonus points for doing both. Prior to shipping, Little Passports will email the parent to make sure there’s nothing else they want to add to the package. That makes ordering extras convenient.
Pretty cool stuff, eh?
If you’re looking for a fun way to show your kids the world, check out their site here.
Every month I will showcase one of the country packages I received from Little Passports. These won’t be in the order I received them. I’ll review the contents, how I use them, and other resources that I find that help you take full advantage of the subscription if you decide to get it. Be on the lookout for the first review, France, coming soon.
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