On somewhat of a whim, I subscribed Elle to the Little Passports: World Edition monthly subscription in June. She was so excited when the first package arrived!
We opened it up and found stickers, a world map, a letter, activity sheets, an online boarding pass, and a passport. Elle was most excited about the passport.
“I’ve always wanted to travel the world! And now I can!”
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What Is Little Passports
Little Passports is a monthly subscription service for children. Its first program, the World Edition, launched in April of 2009. They have since added other subscriptions for children including a USA Edition and Science Expedition. In 2014 they launched a world edition for preschool-aged children called Early Explorers.
At the time of this writing, you can get Little Passports delivered to your door every month for just $14.95 – less if you sign up for 6 or 12 months. I used Ebates on my first box (which is $19.95) and earned $7.50 back. I highly recommend going that route regardless of which subscription option you choose.
Little Passports: World Edition follows Sam and Sophia on their adventures on Sam’s aunt’s magical scooter. They travel all over the world and send your little subscriber a postcard, souvenir, passport and luggage stickers, activity sheets, and a letter from each locale. You also get a “boarding pass” that gives you access to online content and games. I don’t want to spoil any surprises, so I suggest you check out examples of what the monthly kits include by clicking here.
While we waited for the next month’s package to arrive, Elle kept going to the world map we hung next to her desk.
Pros and Cons
- It’s a set-it-and-forget-it kind of thing. You set up automatic payment once and your child receives a monthly delivery filled with fun surprises.
- It helps increase geography awareness. I wouldn’t use this as a comprehensive homeschooling curriculum, but it has definitely brought Elle more global awareness. She knows Sam and Sophia are pretend, but the souvenirs, facts, and post cards they send are real.
- It’s quality. I was impressed by how sturdy the cardboard luggage is – with real metal hardware and everything. The passports “stamps” and stickers and letters are all printed well and on quality paper. The letters haven’t had any grammatical errors and are easy for Elle to understand.
- So far my only con is that it can take forever to arrive. We’ve received our packages a few days to a whole week after the expected delivery date.
Is it Worth It?
I think it is. You’re paying $3.74 per week for this monthly educational surprise. To put that in perspective, that’s like buying one lunch at your kid’s school every week. I think I know which one I’d prefer to have for $3.74 every week.