Hi to all in my blogger world! I've taken a bit of a break following the passing of my Grandma. We are now in the process of trying to get back to our more ‘normal' life. Part of getting back to normal will include getting back to blogging. I do have a big birthday coming up, so that may interrupt our getting back to normal again next week as well….well what is normal anyway! Highly over-rated, right?!
Well, to the point of this post. A few months ago the Homeschool Buyer's Co-op was offering Little Passports at a good savings. I had seen them and heard of them in the past. I had really wanted to try them for my girls. When, I saw the discount I decided now was the time to try it out.
We have received our initial kit as well as 5 months of packages. The initial kit comes with this cute suitcase as well as a large world map among other things.
Our suitcase now has extra stickers on the front and the ‘luggage' tags you can see on the top. After the initial month, each month comes in a small padded envelope in the mail. It usually includes a thumbtack sticker to place on the world map to show we ‘visited' that country and a sticker of the country flag to add to our passport. A letter from Sofia and Sam about their adventure (which usually has a few little facts about the country). A sticker for the suitcase as well as the luggage tag, which has the code on it to access your games on the little passport website. It also usually has a photo of some sort and 1 or 2 items that represent something about the country as well as an activity sheet.
My girls look forward to getting their envelope in the mail each month. They take turns with one getting to find the country one month and the other getting to put the sticker on the suitcase. I try to remember who did what the prior month, but when I don't, they are quick to remind me! We usually read the letter from Sofia and Sam while I have left the picture, activity sheet, and any other items in the envelope to reveal when they mention them in the letter….it adds to the element of surprise and fun. Some months, my girls have spent an afternoon looking over everything and playing with or using the items that came in the package. For example, when they got origami paper or the pyramid to crack open and reveal a surprise. Some months, they just look for a few minutes and move on. Overall, they have really enjoyed and looked forward to getting the packages.
Sometimes, I as the adult find the packages to a be a little cheesy. Like the one for France, that just came with a large poster. Overall, they have been really neat and the items they put into the packages enhance the experience of learning a little something about each country or are something fun for the kids to do. I will say that if your kids are really into computer games, the games online that we have seen thus far have not been that engaging to my kids. They are very simple and not geared toward a 4 year old for sure. My 9 year old has played them, but they are not something that my kids ever go back and play again. I do hope that the company improves the games as time goes on.
The packages have worked pretty well for us to split up between the two girls or to allow them to do the activity together. So, for our family, it has worked fine to buy one subscription and share it for the both of them. I am really not sure what the intended age range is for Little Passports but both my 4 year old and my 9 year old have enjoyed them (other than the online games).
I am writing all of this because the Little Passports company is currently offering a deal like the one I got through the homeschool buyers co-op to everyone. If you click this link Use code LPSEPT99 to save $32 on a Little Passports full-year subscription! you will be able to get their globetrotter package (a 1 year subscription) for $32 off the regular price! I thought some of my friends and blog readers might like to know about the great deal…so there you go! I hope if you decide to use this deal, you really enjoy it!
Just to make be clear: I purchased my Little Passports subscription and was not given my subscription or paid to write this review. Therefore these are my honest opinions about the product. However, I am an affiliate with Little Passports and I do receive an ‘advertising fee' if you choose to purchase a subscription and do so through my link. Thanks!
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