Sunday, September 1, 2013

Spark Your Child's Interest in Geography and Other Cultures With Little Passports! (Review with Giveaway, US Only, Ends 09/13/13)

Disclosure: We received a free one month subscription in exchange for our honest review.

Little Passports is an amazing idea for teaching children about world geography (or the 50 states in the USA) and about different cultures.Little Passports is a monthly subscription that your child receives in the mail.

Our introductory product combines the surprise of postal mail with the sophistication of online media. Each month our characters travel the globe on their magic scooter and share their experiences with your child. 

Your child will receive a personalized package in the mail that includes an adventure letter, fun souvenirs, activities and access to our online Boarding Zone full of activities and games.

Monthly packages deliver the world to your child via fun activities and online games. Designed for ages 5-12.

Little Passports is co-founded by two moms who feel a strong passion to help raise a generation of citizens who are compassionate about the cultures and people around the world. Little Passports is deeply committed to educating children about other cultures as well as improving the livelihoods of children around the globe. 

The company is proud to donate one percent of sales to non-profits focused on children in other countries including SOS Children's Villages - USA and Ubuntu Education Fund.

Brandon chose to learn about the USA for part of his social studies/history/geography this year. We decided to begin with a 50 states studies that started with learning the placement of the 50 states on the map and their respective capitals. For there, he would journey into learning some fun facts about each individual state. To help him with this, I also started a Pinterest board dedicated to Fifty States Studies content. Feel free to check it out!

Little Passports offers two subscription packages: the World Edition and the USA Edition.

World Edition

Every month, follow our characters Sam and Sofia as they embark on a new country adventure. Your first month’s Explorer Kit arrives in a suitcase and contains everything your child needs to get started: a letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games and more. Country specific packages filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos, activity sheets and more arrive every month thereafter.

Recommended age 5 to 10 years old.

USA Edition

With your USA Edition subscription, Sam and Sofia travel to and experience the wonders of all 50 states. Kick-off your USA adventure with the first month’s Discovery Kit which includes a letter from Sam and Sofia, a USA Field Guide, a USA scratch book, a map, and a camera. Sam and Sofia then travel to two new states every month and send an activity-packed travel journal with stickers, postcards, pop-out models and access to online activities.

Recommended age 7 to 12 years old.

Brandon received the first month's Discovery Kit for the USA Edition. He has enjoyed using the map to find the states he is learning about. The camera came with a list of things that is recommended that you take pictures of such as a self portrait, a cool building, best buddies, a cool object and a tasty food. Brandon has had fun trying to find all of them to check them off the list. 

The USA scratch book is Brandon's favorite part. He loves scratching away with the included tool to make pictures and trace items.

The field guide has some interesting items inside to learn about the 50 states. It lists the states and capitals, asks you questions about where important landmarks are, there are pages for you to fill in about yourself and more!

The plastic snap envelope holds everything inside.

Brandon is 11, he will be 12 in February. While we have really enjoyed using the Discovery Kit, it does feel slightly beneath his level. That may change though if we continued to receive the monthly packages that included more specific information to the sets of two states per month. Those may be more towards his level of learning.

Overall, I think that this monthly subscription is just the thing to add to your homeschool resources! The kids love to get the monthly mail - and it encourages learning! What more could you ask for?

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