Little Passports is a company that presents a creative and interest-driving approach to geography by bringing the world to your kids through the mail.
Sam and Stella are two ten year old kids who stumble onto a magic scooter belonging to Sam’s Aunt. The scooter will take them wherever they want to go, so they decide to take it on a worldwide adventure. As they travel around, they’ve decided to include your child in the story by sending them letters, photos, and souvenirs from the countries they’ve been visiting.
To kick it off, your child gets a special package for month one. Included in this package is a little suitcase, an intro letter, a photo of Stella, Sam and their scooter, a passport for your child to join along the travels, an activity sheet (that has a game to figure out where the kids are heading next), some stickers, a world map, and a boarding pass – that gives you a secret code to access a special set of online games.
I personally let my (almost) 8 year old open this. He was SO thrilled. In fact, he couldn’t sleep all night after he saw the suitcase. I found him an hour or 2 after bedtime, typing away on his new kiddie-tablet all about his suitcase and what was in it. Getting something in the mail is a special treat for any kid – especially in this day of digital everything. The website was a fun way to learn about geography too, by offering a few games and activities like map reviews.
Each month after that, your child gets a package in the mail filled with goodies from the country that Sam and Stella have visited. There are some really neat packages. For example, Brazil included a small sample of Amethyst stone and information about a unique monkey. From Japan, there were origami lessons and an sushi eraser. I even also saw some cute chopsticks from China. Again, each month, the kids get a boarding pass with a code to play some more games on the website, plus stickers for their passports and suitcase, along with a letter from Sam and Stella.
Some of the countries that Sam and Stella visit are:
- South Africa
- … and lots more.
These are a great starting point to dive deeper into world geography each month.
To order your own subscription:
Visit Little Passports to register. Costs for a subscription are $11.95/month (US$) or you can buy a yearly subscription at once to save money. It comes to your mailbox about the 3rd week of every month.