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Here’s a fact: Even traveling families have to stay home sometimes. For example, earlier this week Teddy was just sick enough to miss school, but not so sick that he wasn’t looking for amusement. What’s an intrepid mom to do?
Happily I had just received a welcome package for him from Little Passports. Boy was he excited when I handed him the adorable bright blue suitcase.
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When we opened it, we found a passport, some stickers, a colorful world map, a picture of a boy and a girl on a scooter, some activities, a boarding pass, and a letter.
The letter was from Sam and Sofia, who reportedly found a magic scooter that takes them all over the world. While they are on their adventures, they send letters and gifts to their friends from the various countries; the suitcase is to keep all the loot in and the stickers are to decorate it. The activities in the suitcase also include a puzzle that once solved will reveal where Sam and Sofia are going next.
Teddy was thrilled and set right to work solving the puzzles. He quickly figured out that the first country Sam and Sofia will visit is Brazil.
Then he filled out the passport with three countries he himself wants to visit. I loved how this got him poring over the world map.
Doing so, he discovered that Australia has a territory called New South Wales which he put in the first space, followed by China and Egypt. Then it was time to pick what he’d like to do when he visits another country. He chose “meet kids my age,” “eat new food,” “go to parks,” “go to the beach,” “go to the zoo,” and “go to museums.”
Next it was my turn to list places I’ve either visited and loved or would like to visit. We had a lot of fun talking about why I love France, why I also want to visit Australia (to see a koala bear of course!), and how I’d really like to explore more of Canada and go skiing there.
Once we had finished these activities, we took the boarding pass and used the password it contained it to create an account in the Boarding Zone area of the site. The welcome kit gives access to world geography activities, including a puzzle and a trivia game, all of which Teddy enjoyed. Each monthly kit includes an access code to see online activities for other countries.
This welcome definitely got Teddy excited and interested in receiving more packages from Little Passports. I can’t wait to see what the country kits are like – in addition to including souvenirs, photos, and activities for each, they also come with a country sticker to place in the passport.
Little Passports offers various subscription options from a pay-as-you-go-cancel-anytime Jetsetter Package to a three-month subscription that gives you a chance to sample the program. The countries covered range from Australia to Mexico to China. Little Passports has also recently launched a United States subscription that covers two states every month.
Little Passports is perfect for middle-elementary age children. Teddy is seven years old and a strong reader. All of the activities included in both the welcome package and on the website offered just the right amount of challenge for him and he was able to complete them independently. I think that younger children could easily enjoy them as well, with a little bit more help from a grownup.
And if you thinks looks like a fun way to teach your child about geography, I’ve got some great news: One lucky Mother of all Trips reader will win a 3-month Traveler Package from Little Passports! All you have to do to enter is visit the Little Passports website and sign up for their newsletter (you can do so at the bottom of their homepage). Then leave a comment here letting me know you or your child’s dream destination – the country you’d most like to visit.
You must be a U.S. resident and 21 years or older to enter; the contest is open until 12 a.m. PST on Sunday, September 16. See other contest details below.
I’m looking forward to reading what destinations you’d like to visit with your kids –and seeing who wins the prize that will take you there virtually with this fun activity.
Little Passports gave me a welcome package to review for free, but did not compensate me for this review or giveaway. You can always count on me to share my honest opinions and to tell you when I’ve gotten something gratis.
The following conditions apply to this drawing: Contest ends at 12 a.m. PST Sunday, September 16. One entry per person. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Employees, partners, agents, vendors, or immediate family members of the Mother of all Trips are not eligible to enter. This is a random drawing from those who meet the entry requirements, so odds of winning will depend on number of entrants. The Mother of all Trips reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and or modify the promotion if any problem corrupts the administration, security or proper play of the promotion. In the event of a dispute as to the winner’s identity, entries will be deemed made by the holder of the email account associated with the entry. Entrants agree that The Mother of all Trips, or any of the other participating sites are not responsible and cannot be held liable for any unauthorized intervention, technical errors, printing errors, mail delays and any other errors in connection with the administration with this program.