We all want to give the world to our kids. Well, how about bringing the world to your kids with the Little Passports World Edition Subscription Box? If you are trying to decide if this program is right your adventurer, my Little Passports review can help you.
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Not long ago, I was thinking of a cool birthday gift idea for my twins. Given their love of getting surprises in the mail and their keen interest in learning about the world, the Little Passports World Edition Subscription Box seemed like a great idea.
Little Passports is a subscription-based service designed for kids to teach them about the world. It starts with the first month that includes the box and the first set of activities, followed by monthly packets with different thematic activities and items to help children learn more about the world. Little Passports World Edition currently offers a few different thematic options:
For my kids, I purchased the Little Passports World Edition, because I wanted it to support what they have learned from traveling and they have a general interest in learning more about the world.
My review? Little Passports World Edition is fantastic. It is the most popular subscription because each month the kids learn about a different country around the world.
We opted for the six-month subscription. Each month, my kids couldn't wait for their package to come.
The first month, my kids learned about Egypt, which was quite timely, as my son's 4th-grade class was studying Egypt at the time. In fact, he brought the items from his box to share with his class. In the months thereafter, they learned about several different countries, including Brazil, Japan, France, and Australia.
Little Passports World Edition now has a Premium upgrade, which was not available when we bought our subscription. With this option, children will receive a special curated book tied into whichever country they are learning about this month. I wish this option had been available sooner, as I love using books as a way for my kids to learn about other cultures. In fact, we often read a book before traveling to a new place to learn about it.
In the Little Passports World Edition, the first month, little explorers receive a box, which looks a bit like a suitcase. They also get:
Every month thereafter, they receive either a toy, souvenir or activity and a special coin from each country. They also get a new letter from Sam and Sofia about the new country. My kids' favorite part is the activity sheets related to the country they are learning about.
Each package also includes a sticker they can put on their suitcase, one to put in their passport, and a thumbtack sticker to put on the wall map for countries they have visited or learned about. They also will get a tag for their suitcase, online extras, and various additional items that vary each month.
There are three subscription options: monthly, six-months and 12 months, the most popular option. You can pay monthly or a one-time annual fee.
You can upgrade to the Premium Edition, which includes the extra book. If you are a teacher, it is good to know they also have classroom subscriptions or if you are just looking for a cure to the summer boredom, they have a variety of summer activity packs at various price points.
Kids love getting mail, so it was very exciting for my kids to get something interesting and educational each month. The Little Passports World Edition packages are pretty comprehensive, and they learn some interesting facts about another country. They can find it on the map, read about it, get an interesting item from that country, and do educational activities with the activity page.
There is enough to do in each package to keep them busy for a bit. My kids often go back to it and complete the activities later.
It is a fantastic way to expose kids to other countries and cultures, even if you can't take them to see that place. Furthermore, it is mess-free (other than them leaving the parts around the house) and can be electronic-free if you choose to avoid the online options.
For younger kids, it is not an independent activity, particularly if they are unable to read yet. They may enjoy the toy or activity that comes with the package or the stickers. But they may not be able to be left alone without an adult's help – you will need to work with them on it.
If your child isn't that interested in learning about other cultures, then perhaps this would be a waste of your money. In this case, you may opt for the month-to-month option. But, beyond that, other than the kids leaving the parts all over the house, I can't see why it is not great for kids.
The six-month subscription (which is the one I chose) currently costs $15.95 per month (or a one-time payment of $95.70+shipping.) I chose this option because I bought one for each of my three kids, knowing they would each want their own mail.
The 12-month subscription is $14.95 per month (or a one-time payment of $179.40+shipping) and the month-to-month subscription is $16.95 per month plus shipping. If you want to upgrade to the Premium Edition, the prices currently are $25.90 for six-months (or a one-time payment of $155.40 + shipping), $24.90 per month for 12-months (or a one-time payment of $298.80 + shipping), and month-to-month is $26.90 per month plus shipping.
Teachers can order classroom subscriptions for $16.50 per month or a one-time payment of $99 per month. Looking to cure summertime boredom? There are also a variety of summer activity packs at various price points.
My review of Little Passports is that, yes, it really is worth the cost. You get a lot in each monthly mailing. Little Passports often has discounts, so you can sometimes get it for an even better price.
This assumes your kids will enjoy the box and do the monthly activities. If they put it away and never play with it, then I would say it is not worth the cost.
The company says ages 6-10. My 6-year-olds enjoyed it, but could not do everything on their own. Personally, I think closer to 8-10 is a good age group, unless you get the premium that includes the book. Then the 6-year-olds would likely really enjoy having the book read to them.
The Little Passports World Edition subscription box is better than any toy or video game you could give your kids. Opening their eyes to the world and inspiring their interest in travel and language is an amazing gift that they can carry with them for a lifetime. It will also help them in school, as they make connections to places they have been or learned about through their Little Passports subscription and what they are learning in school. It is like giving your kids the world.
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