I recently had the chance to check out Little Passports, a monthly subscription package for kids that encourages them explore the U.S. and the world with kid-friendly characters Sam and Sofia. I've heard a lot about Little Passports and was excited to see what it was all about with my boys, Skyler and Liam (ages 9 and 5). I ordered the World Edition (for 5- to 10-year-olds), and the explorer's kit arrived in a bright blue suitcase with everything we needed to get started.
I took a peek at it before showing it to the boys (and so I could get a decent photo of the materials). Included in the introductory pack was a world map, suitcase stickers, passport, boarding pass, letter from and photo of Sam and Sofia, and an activity sheet.
Unfortunately I made the mistake of telling them that I had "something" for them, so of course they were thinking the best possible things they could think of (mainly candy or Legos). And the time we had to work on the activities was between snack time and soccer after school (not the greatest time of day). But despite some moaning and groaning at first, they soon worked together to find the different countries on the map and fill out the activity sheet.
It seemed a little much for my five-year-old by himself (he's a dual language student working primarily on Spanish reading skills), but it was doable with his brother by his side.
I liked that the world edition has opened the dialogue about different countries around the world, and the boys are eager to hang the map up in their room.
Overall, Little Passports is a great educational tool that's actually affordable. At about $10 a month (depending of the subscription plan you choose) you can explore new countries and have access to extra online games and activities. Plus, who doesn't love getting mail?
I look forward to exploring more countries with my boys (and encouraging a little sibling harmony), even if they get distracted drawing mustaches on Sam's face from time to time.
To learn more about Little Passports and about fun events and places around the world visit the Little Passports Facebook page.
I received a free introductory kit from Little Passports for writing this review. I received no monetary compensation for this post.