Our Little Passports review will take you through this fun and educational subscription service, where every month a package arrives at your home, full of stickers, activities, souvenirs and more for your kids to learn about a new world topic or different country.
Little Passports is the perfect gift for kids who love to travel or who just love to learn about the world around them.
There are four different Little Passports subscriptions to choose from, including the Early Explorers for ages 3-5, World Edition for ages 6-10, a USA edition for ages 7-12 and a Science Expedition subscription for ages 9+.
We road tested both the Early Explorers and World Edition subscriptions over 3 months. Here’s what we thought, in our Little Passports reviews.
Getting Started with Little Passports
My kids were very excited when their introductory Little Passports boxes arrived on the doorstep and couldn’t wait to rip into them. Each of them opened up the boxes to find their own little suitcase full of fun activities.
The first package acts as a scene-setter to the concept of Little Passports. You receive an introductory letter from your ‘friends’ who will be sending you packages from their travels around the world, together with a map to track their progress, a ‘passport’, an activity booklet and some stickers.
Little Passports Early Explorers
The Little Passports Early Explorers subscription is aimed at children aged 3-5 years of age, so my not-quite-four-year-old was the ideal age to test this out.
His suitcase included a basic map showing the continents of the world, some suitcase stickers, a postcard and an activity passport filled with age-appropriate travel themed activities: dot-to-dot, matching stickers to continent and tracing games.
My little boy was so excited to have his own map and immediately set to work sticking the stickers all over his suitcase. We later sat down together to do all the activities in the book, which he loved doing.
The subsequent packages that arrived were themed on World Music and World Animals respectively (other themes in the series include Food, Space, Dinosaurs, Landmarks, Celebrations and Natural Wonders).
My little boy is obsessed with animals and so this one was a huge hit. He loved putting together the finger puppets and working out where the animals lived on his map, and reading through the animal fact cards with me. Even the small things such as the baggage tag and the new suitcase and map stickers caused much excitement!
The workbook again was just the right level for his skill set and he loved sitting down with me to complete it.
Little Passports World Edition
The Little Passports World Edition is aimed at children aged 6-10 years old. My daughter is not-quite six, so she is at the younger end of quite a wide age range. We still found the packages age appropriate, although some of the activities in the booklets were beyond her.
Her introductory suitcase contained plenty of fun stuff, including a bright and colourful world map with clear writing on each country, a passport for filling in all her personal details, and a 20-page activity booklet. The activities in this booklet were perfect for her, and she immediately sat down to complete it.
She loved the code words puzzle, learning how to say hello in different languages from around the world and all about the different country flags.
Subsequent packages arrived from different countries around the world – for the two months we were trying out the subscription, these were Brazil and Japan.
Each package contained a souvenir (the most exciting part according to my daughter) – for our countries these were an amethyst crystal from Brazil and sushi shaped eraser from Japan; a themed activity booklet (we did find some of these activities quite difficult, but were easily figured out together with an adult); a sticker for the passport; a postcard, fact cards and an activity – origami from Japan and a recipe for a Brazilian chocolate treat.
There is also a digital ‘boarding pass’ which unlocks more learning and games on the Little Passports website once you have completed all the activities included in your mailed parcel.
How much is Little Passports?
Little Passports subscriptions can be bought on a monthly basis, or in a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month package. Prices vary from around $12.95 to $18.95 per month, depending on the package you choose.
Note that you sign up for subscriptions on an aut0-renew basis, so if you don’t want to continue with your Little Passports subscription you will need to cancel or your credit card may be charged again.
If you are looking for a Little Passports discount, they do often have special discounts available on their website, so it is worth checking before you buy.
*HOLIDAY SPECIAL* Little Passports are currently offering 15% off their subscriptions (excludes taxes and shipping). Enter the promo code: JOLLY at checkout (until 6th December 2018 11.59pm EST).
The Conclusion of our Little Passports review
I have to say Little Passports exceeded my expectations. My initial thoughts were that it was a cool idea, but not sure how much my kids would buy into it. Often with these things, they are excited by the initial idea but the novelty soon wears off.
However – both my kids LOVED them. They were so excited every time their packages arrived and they enjoyed all of the activities inside them. They regularly get their suitcases out to go through all the contents and compare what they have in them.
Little Passports gifted us a 3-month subscription for both the Little Explorers and World Edition for the purposes of writing this review. However, my kids were so disappointed when I told them that we had reached the end of the 3-month subscription, that I have agreed to sign up for a further 6 months.
So I think that says it all.
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