Little Passports is a subscription box that helps kids explore the world through fun and educational activities and is one of the best subscription boxes for kids as voted by MSA readers. They offer a range of subscription options for ages 3-8+, as well as "Individual Activity Kits" that can be ordered along with any subscription at the time of purchase.
This review is of the Little Passports: USA Edition (recommended for ages 7-12) for $27.95. This initial box includes a welcome letter, map, field guide, and scratch book.
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USA Edition: Welcome Kit
My husband is a geography buff and would much rather navigate using old atlases and road maps than use Google Maps (this may or may not be because we spent 35 minutes searching for an invisible Burger King last month coming home from vacation...) While I am much more comfortable driving using step by step instructions, my husband has taken it upon himself to show our kids how to properly use a map and navigate without the use of a smartphone. We haven't had the opportunity to travel as much as we'd like due to the boys' ages and the pandemic, so learning about United States via subscription box seemed like the next best thing - especially because it may have an impact on where we end up travelling too next! Read below to see what this initial welcome kit had to offer.
Packaged neatly in a plastic file folder, we first received a welcome letter from Sofia and Sam. We recognized these characters from other Little Passport subscriptions and were happy to be on this new adventure with them.
Reading made fun. Hank was excited to see just what kind of an adventure he was about to take!
Also included is a USA Edition Field Guide. This blue booklet is a place to check off which states you've visited, information about yourself, different exploration activities, and room to place stickers and information from subsequent months of this subscription.
Hank filled out his Field Guide (while eating Christmas cookies). What a fun Saturday night!
Beings this is the USA Edition subscription, I believe we were supposed to receive a USA map, but we received a worldwide map instead. Because you can see the individual states and capitals, we made it work. It is pretty large in size and takes up most of our kitchen island. Hank thought about hanging it in his room but ultimately decided to tuck it back in his file folder to keep it safe for next month.
USA Scratch Book
The last item we received this month was the USA Scratch Book. Featuring six USA scratch pages, one blank scratch page, and one USA scratch sticker sheet, this spiral-bound book is fun for all ages. Using the included scratching dowel, you can trace landmarks, symbols, National Parks, and food, all while learning about where in the USA they come from. Even as an adult I enjoy scratch art and had fun tracing these different designs!
Hank and Charlie enjoyed reading about the different foods in the USA and were interested to learn about clam chowder and California rolls, as that is not something we typically eat in the Midwest.
This was our first month of Little Passports USA Edition, and while we enjoyed the information and activities, I felt the $27.95 price point was extremely too steep. Because my profession is in education, I 100% value that aspect of this kit, but for a plastic file folder, the field guide, and the scratch book, I feel $14.95 would be much more suitable. Because this was the initial kit I had really high expectations and am really hoping for an increase in value for the next box. Do you subscribe to this box? What do you think of this subscription?
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To Wrap Up
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You'll start with the welcome box the first month, followed by a different themed box each month thereafter.
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