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Little Passports Review: A Great Learning Tool for Kids and a Unique Gift Idea!
My oldest son Mattias, just turned 4 and loves looking at maps. Whenever he is in Grannie”™s car he grabs the map book from the seat-back pocket and browses the streets, even though he cannot really read yet. But out of the 200 pages, he will flip right to the page where Grannie lives! He understands that we live in Canada and often asks about other countries and other cities. He has traveled quite a bit for being only just 4 years old. Before his first birthday he had been overseas to England and France and also had a weeklong trip to Las Vegas. Since then, we have visited Hawaii twice, Las Vegas again and lots of trips around BC and into Washington State.
The funniest comment he ever made about going on a trip was “is it still on our planet?” I guess they must have been learning about Earth and other planets in his Junior Kindergarten class at CEFA.
When I came across Little Passports, I thought it would be great for him! He loves suitcases and insists on packing his Trunki on each trip we take. So a little suitcase, a map and some great travel learning tools would be right up his alley.
Little Passports has several packages to choose from. We chose the World Edition for 6-10 year olds, he was a little young, but since countries and maps were his interests, we thought it would still be great! They also have an Early Explorers for 3-5 year olds, a USA Edition for 7-12 year olds and other seasonal products available.
The First Month”™s subscriptions arrived right before his birthday. With all of the excitement of presents and new toys we waited about a week to open it and make sure we had the time to really check it out. Mattias quickly dug into it and was very excited about the map. He spread it out on the floor and quickly pointed out Canada. We talked about our upcoming trip to Anacortes, WA and how that was in the United States, which was another country below Canada.
He went back into the suitcase and asked me what some of the things were. We read the letters together and stuck the stickers on his suitcase. His Little Brother Markus was really interested too, which almost turned into a fight over “whos” suitcase it was!
We cannot wait to get the next month”™s subscription to Little Passports and learn about one of the highlighted countries in the subscription (and I just got an email telling me it was on its way!) I”™m excited to show Mattias (and Markus) all about Brasil. They are pretty familiar with the name of the country because Markus loves the movie “Rio” and my husband”™s favourite World Cup Team is Brazil. With the Women”™s World Cup just wrapping up in Vancouver we have been cheering for the Brazilian Women (and Canada too of course!). Together we can point out the home of the birds in “Rio” and learn a bit more about the country together!
As I child growing up in the 80s, I loved all of the subscription based mail that was available back then, and I even remember a book I was given as a child about all of the free subscriptions you could sign up for, and how to properly mail your self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to these companies. I swear I never sent a SASE but always received something in the mail. When I got the free stuff in the mail it was always an exciting day! I remember pamphlets on animals were my favorite!
If your children are interested in other countries or cultures, or just show interest at looking at maps, I think Little Passports would make a great gift! It is something that you could send to Grandchildren or Nieces or Nephews that live out of town (or even in town) and something that they can look forward to getting every month! You can click here to Sign up for Little Passports!
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Lindsay Nieminen hails from Vancouver, Canada and shares her love of travel on this website. She is passionate about showing others that they should not put off traveling the world just because they have young children or are single parents. She aims to encourage them to seek out adventure, whether it is at home or abroad by providing information on how just about everywhere can be a destination to explore as a family.