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In case you aren't familiar, Little Passports is a subscription box that helps kids explore the world through fun and educational activities. They offer a range of subscription options and they recently came out with a Kitchen Adventures box for ages 7 and up that explores flavors from different cultures around the world. Each month they'll receive new recipes from America's Test Kitchen Kids along with a kitchen tool, and hands-on activities that celebrate world foods. We love to test out new recipes in the kitchen, so I knew this would be a fun one for my 8-year-old daughter!
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What's Inside Kitchen Adventures?
My kids are already familiar with Sam & Sofia from other Little Passport boxes, so my daughter was excited to see that they continued with these characters for this box as well! I was eager to see what we would be making from Rome!
Our Flavor Journal contained all of the information we needed for our recipes this month with some information about Rome and Italian food, and of course, a note from Sam & Sofia! There was also a section for recording recipe notes which I thought was a great feature.
Inside was a shopping list on a single sheet of paper and a little disclaimer for adults noting that supervision would be needed.
We received four recipe cards, all of which had very professional-looking photography and a sophisticated feel while still being easy enough for kids to follow. I truly enjoyed this aesthetic! There were two pasta recipes; Bucatini All' amatriciana and Cacio e Pepe, a Pizza Bianca recipe, and a dessert recipe for Semifreddo.
Here is a closer look at one of the recipe cards. They are a bit wordy, but they break it down into convenient sections such as ingredients to prepare and tools to gather making it very kid friendly.
Our kitchen tool was this nice pair of stainless steel and silicone tongs. They are heat resistant up to 400 degrees and they are dishwasher safe. I love that they lock closed for more manageable storage!
Activity: Marble Maze
Our activity this month was a marble maze with two sides. One to mimic pasta and the other to look like the city of Rome. They provided all the pieces we needed along with detailed instructions.
My daughter enjoyed putting this one together! We ended up having a missing piece, so we tried to improvise.
Fortunately, customer service was super responsive and they sent out a new box right away. Now you can see how fun our maze is with the pasta on one side and the streets of Rome on the other!
Included in the materials for our maze were these little pieces which formed a recipe stand for us. I thought that was so cool and useful!
Our Recipe: Pizza Bianca
My daughter chose the Pizza Bianca recipe for us to try, which was basically some rosemary focaccia bread. I have been making my own sourdough bread lately, but I've never made focaccia so I was just as excited as she was to get started! She measured out her ingredients and we used our mixer to knead it all together before letting it rise.
After it rose, we put it in our pan and topped it with fresh rosemary and kosher salt before baking it.
It turned out beautifully and was delicious! Seriously, it was so good and relatively simple to make. This will definitely be a recipe we repeat and I'm sure we will come up with some new flavors to experiment with, too!
Value - Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $29.95 + free shipping
I love that this box combines cooking skills with some educational materials to go along with it! Not only did we learn about making bread and pasta, but we also learned about Rome and had some fun with our marble maze activity. It's only the first box, but the experience seems like a great value for kids who have an interest in cooking!
My daughter and I really enjoyed this box! We loved that the theme revolved around cuisine from one region and the range of recipes was great. Our bread turned out so delicious that it only made us more excited about the other recipes we have yet to try! Overall, the presentation was great, so I'd consider this box a winner for sure!
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To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, this Rome box is the first box in the series!
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