Do you like to travel?
Growing up my family went on a holiday every other year. Normally, our destinations were to the United States. We celebrated Christmas in Florida, spent March break in the Pocono Mounts and ate all-you-can-eat crab in Ocean City, Maryland. Although, we didn’t travel too far, it was tons of fun to visit different places, see the landmarks that makes them special, learn about their local history and taste they famous foods.
When I was teenager, I was blessed to be part of a Pathfinder group who took a month-long trip to Europe. Our excursion took us to England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and Sweden! I went to Camp in England and toured all the historical attractions. I took the chunnel to France where I practiced my French and enjoyed the Effle tower. I took an overnight train through German to Switzerland where I hiked a mountain and slept with cows. I had an authentic spaghetti meal in Italy, followed by a mini plane ride to Denmark. In Denmark, I rode a boat through the channels of its glorious city and spent a beautiful afternoon in Sweden. It was an adventure of a life time and I learned more in that month time then a year at school. The culture, rich history and language barriers taught me that the world is a big, beautiful place and in order to really live, you must venture pass your own backyard.
Although my traveling days are temporarily on hold due to children and family commitments, I believe that its important to expose my children to the different cultures and history of the world around us. My hope is that when the time comes to travel, my children will feel the bite of the travel bug and get to experience the world like I did.
As summer draws to an end, I begin to search for ways to entertain my bored children and prepare them for the return to school. When I came across the PTPA award-winning program, LittlePassports, I knew immediately it would be the perfect activity to share my traveling experiences with my children, while encouraging them to learn about the world.
Inspire your children to explore the world around them with LittlePassports!
Little Passports is a monthly subscription program (starting at $10.95/month), that provides your child with a unique monthly adventure from the comfort of their own home! Through imaginary pen pals, named Sam and Sophia, your children get the chance travel the world and learn about the geography, history, culture and more of a different country each month. Simply sign up for the convenient month-to-month plan or a set number of month at LittlePassports.com, select your subscription package and let the adventure begin!
There are two amazing subscription packages to choose from:
The World Edition – Follow Sam and Sophia as they travel to a different country each month. Your first month’s Explorer Kit arrives in a suitcase that contains everything your child needs to get started: your first pen pal letter from Sam and Sofia, a world map, your very own passport, ID stickers, a boarding pass and much, much more. (ages 5-10)
The United States Edition – Travel all over the United States with Sam and Sophia and learn about 2 states every month! Your Discovery Kit which includes your first pen pal letter from Sam and Sofia, a USA Field Guide, a USA scratch book, a map of the United States, and a camera. (Ages 7-10)
My children love receiving mail! Whether it be a card from their Aunt, the annual birthday coupon from our local pizza place or junk mail with their name on it, their faces light up when it arrives! With this subscription, my children receive their own mail each month! Unlike other mail that provides a moment of happiness, LittlePassports provides them a monthly surprise and hours of entertainment. Each month, Sam and Sophia will visit another country or state and share their experience with their ‘pen pal’. In their monthly packages, they will find cool stickers, letters, souvenir, etc. to track where they’ve been, a Boarding Pass with a secret access code to play fun games online, and fun activity sheets that gives your child clues to where Sam and Sophia are heading next!
My boys were so excited when their first LittlePassports kit showed up. DS7 is in grade one and loves practicing his reading skills. He loved reading the letter out loud to his brother, DS5 detailing how the adventure worked. I liked that it was written in such away that DS7 was easily able to understand what was going to happen and how they were going to achieve it. I loved hearing the boys talk about Sam and Sophia like they were real people taking a magic journey.
The next stage of our adventure included spreading the world map out on the table. My boys have only been to the United States, so I thought looking at a world map would be overwhelming. Immediately, the boys located Canada and discovered exactly where we live. Then the boys began excitedly pointing out the places that they ‘wanted’ to go (Most of these countries were places that they saw on TV or read in a book). I loved that they were pulling knowledge from other areas of their life and applying it to the task at hand.
Next we filled out the passport. These were designed in such a way to record the countries that Sam and Sophia visit, as well as a conversation starter to get the boys thinking about the places they want to visit and why. I loved this part of our adventure. It was through the passport that I shared the places I visited and the things I saw when I was younger. The boys loved hearing the stories and was so much fun reliving the past.
Following the passport, the boys completed the activity sheet and explored more adventures with Sam and Sophia online. After playing with kit for over 2 hours, they asked when they would be hearing from their pen pals again! It was a lot of fun and an adventure we’d like to continue!
LittlePassports is an amazing monthly subscription program that I would recommend for children 4 years and older! It is a great way to teach your simple geography, prepare them for an upcoming trip, or share an adventure you have been on!
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