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Wednesday, January 24

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What’s a kid’s favorite thing about traveling? Seeing the beautiful scenery. Visiting new and exotic places. Learning the history, culture, and geography of the places he visits.

Yeah, right. Who are we kidding? It’s the souvenirs.

LittlePassports lets you travel the world, collecting all kinds of fun little artifacts that encourage kids to learn more about the places they’ve visited.  Sam and Sophia do the “traveling,” and each month they send Little Passport subscribers a goody bag, geared towards kids ages 5-10, full of souvenirs and facts about each place they visit.

The first month, kids receive a sturdy Little Passports suitcase to store all their souvenirs in. The suitcase is much more durable than I expected it to be. It’s made of a heavy-duty cardboard-type material with a metal handle and latch. Barring any serious abuse, I’m expecting it will hold up quite well for a long time.

They also receive :
  • An introductory letter from Sam & Sofia
  • A huge, colorful wall map to locate each country visited and to map their adventure
  • A passport book
  • Stickers
  • An activity page
  • A boarding pass with an access code to play games on the Little Passports website
Each month afterward, subscribers get a package from a different country.  Each month’s kit comes with:
  • A fact sheet
  • Stickers for the passport, suitcase, and map (a push pen to show where you’ve “visited”)
  • A photo
  • A souvenir (some of them are amazing!!)
  • An activity sheet
  • A boarding pass to unlock a new area in the Little Passports member section
Little Passports is a perfect opportunity to sneak in some fun, low-key geography, or you could use each Little Passports package as a jumping-off point for a more in-depth geography study. You could do a mini-unit study, create some notebooking pages, color the country’s flag, learn about its animals (always a must around here), make a related meal…there are dozens of possibilities.

No matter if you decide to keep it low-key or go more in-depth, Little Passports provides a quality, exciting learning opportunity for young kids. I’ve already told my sister and friends that they need to look into Little Passports for their kids because this is stuff that gets them — homeschool or otherwise — excited. Kids anxiously watching the mailbox for educational stuff that they just think is fun?  Definitely!

Little Passports markets their subscriptions for ages 5 to 12 years old, which at first sounds like a very wide age range, but when you look at the subscriptions they have to offer it makes sense. Little Passports offers two different types of subscriptions: The World Edition and The USA Edition.
While both subscriptions explore a country and/or state each month, the materials for the World Edition are more suited for the younger age group and the USA Edition provides more in-depth activities better suited to older children.