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 new subscription line Little Passports: Space Quest (recommended ages 5-8) for $24.95. This box includes a comic item, poster, and activity kit pertinent to each month's theme.
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Space Quest: Roving Robots!
As an educator, science is one of my all time favorite subjects, so when I heard about the "Space Quest" line that Little Passports recently debuted, I was ecstatic. My boys are really starting to become interested in space based themes and building things, so we were really excited to see what this month's box included. Read below to find out what we discovered.
"Roving Robots" Poster
Most of the kits Little Passports creates come with pamphlets including directions, project information, and trivia. Switching it up a bit, the Space Quest version sends a brightly colored informational poster instead, featuring pictures and facts about the month's space theme. This month features an adorable rover robot and space creatures with labelled parts. Cute!
On the backside of the poster, we received the instructions for one of this month's projects: The Roving Outer Space Explorer aka R.O.S.E. Not only did it include a list of necessary materials, but STEM career options, trivia, and the scientific background to all of this month's projects. With well-written instructions, and step-by-step photographs, this was easy to follow and fun.
Project 1: "R.O.S.E."
To build R.O.S.E. we received a motor and solar panel, foam sticker, body, head, wheels, umbrella arm, and two arms. All of the pieces were made out of sturdy foam card stock and were pretty easy to assemble. We did not need to supply any of our own materials this month, which was really nice!
The first project we completed was the Roving Outer Space Explorer, as this was the smaller project this month. The instructions were very easy for Hank to follow, and he put this little lady together easily. The only part he really struggled with was putting some of the tabs all the way through the slits. Because they were tight fitting, I did have to assist, but other than that, this gal went together in a flash. A fun component to this robot was the umbrella arm. This piece covered the solar panel, so she can ride in the back of the rover without vibrating out. Neat!
Project 2: "Solar-Powered Rover"
Our second project included in this kit was a solar-powered rover. We received the rover body, orange gear, screwdriver, arm pieces, back bar, wheels, axles, large solar panel, motor, screws, fasteners, and wheel stoppers. Again, we didn't need anything from home, which was really nice.
Utilizing the same material as in the R.O.S.E. project, Hank was easily able to fold and put together the rover's outer shell.
Once the rover was folded properly, Hank added the solar panel. Attaching it to the motor, he then was able to add the gear, axles, and wheels. Taking it outside, he tested it out on our sidewalk, and it drove like a dream. What a fun project!
After a little prior experience with the Little Passports: Space Quest box, I can say, this subscription is a perfect fit for my boys. At 7 and 10 years old, they are really starting to become interested in engineering and science and had a great time building this rover and robot. Between the well-designed, exclusive supplies, and educational aspect, we really enjoyed this box, though would like to see one more project for the $24.95 price. Overall, we loved the supplemental aspect this box added to our at-home curriculum, and can't wait to see what next month's theme might be. What do you think about this subscription line? Have you given it a try yet?
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To Wrap Up
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, your first activity kit will include the Glowing Galaxies kit, followed by five other themes.
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