Little Passports Science Expeditions Review + Coupon – July 2017
Little Passports is a subscription box helping kids explore the world through fun and educational activities. They offer Early Explorers (recommended ages 3-5), World Edition (recommended ages 6-10), USA Edition (recommended ages 7-12), and Science Expeditions (recommended ages 9+).
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This review is of the Science Expeditions, $21.95 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Little Passports Science Expeditions
The Cost: $21.95 (+$4 US shipping = $25.95) a month with price breaks for 6 and 12-month prepaid subscriptions.
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The Products: Every month, Little Passports sends items to promote learning about scientific mysteries through “hands-on science experiments that encourage interdisciplinary thinking — widely thought of as STEM activities — which includes science, technology, engineering, and math.” Boxes include items such as comic books, experiment activities, achievement badges, and access to online videos and science content, all of which encourage kids to explore the science.
Ships to: U.S., Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, and the U.K. Find more international shipping info here!
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Little Passports Science Expedition includes the following with each monthly package:
- “16-page comic book with glossary and bonus activities
- Solve a new mystery each month with Sam & Sofia
- Hands-on science experiments
- Achievement badges for each monthly theme
- Access to bonus online videos and science content”
The first month also includes a science case and a lab notebook so kids can keep track of what they learned.
Each month there is a comic book story following Sam and Sofia on their adventures. This month they went to Hong Kong with their Aunt Charlie and they learned a lot about elevators, trams, and escalators. They say that one of the best ways to learn about something is to build it yourself. That’s why this month we received all the items necessary to build a model elevator and aerial tram. There are activities in the comic book too. There is a lot to do with this subscription!
Cira had some help from her friend this month for this activity. Her friend is 8 and Cira is 7 (8 in November) but they needed a lot of help to complete this activity. The age range for this box is 9 and over and I certainly think kids need to be at least 9 or have a lot of adult assistance for these activities.
First, we assembled the pulley’s and made the elevator car (plus molded the clay passenger) for the model elevator.
Next, we cut up, measured and placed holes and inserted the eyelet screws with pulleys into the Little Passports box in order to make the elevator shaft. There was a lot of precise measuring that needed to be made. I had to take over from the kids to get this right.
The last steps included placing more holds and adding a dowel hand crank into the box. Then the string had to be placed along the pulley system and tied to the hand crank. While we got it all put together fine, the string started to unravel making the pulley system not work well. We got the elevator working once but then it quit. I could have put in a new string but by that time we were ready to finish up.
We all enjoyed the second experiment a bit more since it was easier to put together, took less time and worked better once completed. For the aerial tram, we placed rubber bands around the tram platform cutouts provided, folded the cut outs and placed a wooden towel and pulley in each of the cutouts.
We also had to put together the tram car for the aerial tram.
Next, we attached the rubber bands to 2 chairs (about 7 feet apart), cut and ran twine around the pulley wheels, attached the tram car and attached a piece of tram on one pulley at the pull cord to make the tram car move. It was a little tricky to move because you had to keep the pull cord taut while pulling but I could do it well (the girls needed assistance.)
Verdict: I love the idea of having a science centered box for my girl but we’ve discovered Cira needs to be a bit older to enjoy Little Passports Science Expeditions. There is so much to do and I really enjoyed the Forensic box we received last month but the instructions along with the vocabulary make this an older child’s box. This month wasn’t as interesting for us as last month but everyone has their preferences so this month could be great for others. If your child is into science and engineering and he/she is at least 9 years old, I think this would be a great box due to the amount there is to learn and do with this subscription. Plus, I think this box is a steal at the cost of $21.95 plus $4 shipping.
What do you think of Little Passports Science Expeditions?