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: Chasing Space!
Summer is here and with that is summer vacation. Because I am an educator, I value learning so much and want to instill those values into my children. Because the summer slide is a prominent concern during the months we are off, I am always looking for ways to incorporate educational fun into our daily home life. When I heard about the "Space Quest" line that Little Passports recently debuted, I was pumped. Because my kids are interested in space themes, we couldn't wait to see what this subscription entailed. Read below to see what we discovered this month.
"Coming Through Space" 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. I love how colorful this month's poster is. Featuring an awesome word glossary, this was not only informative but fun too.
On the backside of the poster, we received partial instructions for this month's "Chasing Space" project. Also included was a separate sheet with the initial instructions for the build. Not only does it list necessary materials, but also trivia and the scientific background to this month's project.
Space Maze Project
This month we received the necessary supplies to build our very own marble space maze. Included were rim holders, a circular base, a spiral core, two maze rim pieces, handles, legs, three marbles, two disks, two clear bases, and foam stickers. All materials were made out of either thick cardboard or engineered wood and were very nicely coordinating. With the colorful designs and interesting shapes, Charlie couldn't wait to put this creation together.
Since the back of the poster laid out the instructions so nicely, Charlie went ahead and started assembling the space maze. Using the wooden pieces, he created the base easy peasy. Adding the spiral core was a bit of a challenge, but he managed to get it lined up without any help. We did find the cardboard to pop out of the + cutout once in a while, so might add a bit of glue to help secure. Once the spiral core was in place, Charlie connected the spiral rings by adding the slots and taping into place. This part was quite simple and Charlie was able to complete it mostly on his own. The next step was indicted on the "maze assembly guide" so he referred to that sheet to finish this project up.
To create the mazes that sit on top of the space base, Charlie removed the backing from the foam stickers and adhered them on top of the maze guide. Placing the coordinating cardboard piece upside down, he then removed the adhesive and added the plastic. Once complete, he then moved on to assembling maze number 2. This was quite easy and completed the project.
Charlie prepared his ship (and hair) for takeoff by placing the marble on the outside pathway of the maze and steered the ship through space rocking back and forth to avoid the obstacles and reach the planet at the center of the circle. It was harder than it looked! What fun!
After a little prior experience with the Little Passports: Space Quest box, I can say, this subscription is always a surprise. With a theme like "Chasing Space" we weren't sure what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised. Age wise this project was perfect for Charlie to do on his own and he really had fun. 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 did you think bout 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? Possibly. Your first activity kit will include the Glowing Galaxies kit, followed by five other themes.
What do you think of this month's box?