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The world is an amazing place wouldn’t you agree? We think so, and that’s why we love traveling with our kids. We want them to explore the world beyond their neighborhood and discover new cultures and ideas.
But as we can’t always be on vacation (especially in these challenging times), I was excited to find the Little Passports kids subscriptions boxes that aim to teach children about geography, history and culture and the world around us.
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Summary: Little Passports review
Little Passports is a kids subscription box program that aims to inspire children to learn about the world. There are several subscription options aimed at different age groups and interests.
Early Explorers subscription box
We tried the Little Passports Early Explorer kids subscription box and found it to be a fun and engaging way to introduce children aged 3 to 5 to our world, its geography, people and culture.
The monthly subscription is supplemented with online resources that spark ongoing interest in the topics covered in the box.
Our kids – 4½-year-old twins – love getting their pack each month and learning about new subjects related to our travels and beyond.
From a parent’s perspective, this is a well thought out, mess free program that you can use for several hours. I even learnt a few things!
- Engaging – keeps our kids entertained for hours
- Indoor, mess free fun
- Variety of content
- Quality of content – educational and high quality materials
- Online content – each box is supplemented by online resources
Could be better
- Ability to choose topics – a customisable pack would be awesome
- Shipping costs to some countries
What doesn’t work
- Just giving the box to kids – you must engage!
Our first Little Passports subscription box
There is something so exciting about getting something in the post so when our first box arrived my children would not relent until I gave in and opened it for them.
Inside was a little suitcase filled with papers and stickers. I have to admit my first reaction could best be described as underwhelmed.
The box looked quite empty with just a few papers inside. But, as moms do, I persevered, and we had a lovely couple of hours working through the activities.
We have 4½-year-old girl/boy twins, so they instantly related to Mia and Max the characters that you follow with the Little Passports series along with their dog Toby.
They even look a bit similar, so we had a good head start on capturing their imagination.
Stickers are always a hit with my two, so once we talked about those and stuck them randomly all over the suitcase, we moved on to the passport activity book.
We enjoyed most of the activities, but some were a bit too difficult for their stage of learning.
I liked the variety of activities offered that encouraged basic maths and literacy skills.
The surprising highlight for me was that the kids loved the poster wall map. We are an Australian family living in the UK and with relatives and friends all over the world.
The children love pointing to the places and learning more about where their grandparents, cousins and friends live. We’ve also marked out the countries and cities we’ve visited as a family.
Once we finished the pack, I was pleasantly surprised to find suggestions for further learning and more ideas on the Little Passports blog and Pinterest page. These packages really deliver lots of value beyond the initial outlay. You can take a sneak peak at the printables available for the monthly box subscriptions here.
The suitcase can be easily stored away with the contents inside to be used at a later date.
Little Passports monthly packages
Early Explorers world food package
When we opened our second Little Passports package I was delighted to find that this month’s topic was world food.
Trying new foods is an important part of our travels and this blog so discussing how food fits into culture with the Early Explorers kit was as interesting to me as it was to the kids.
Being Australian I loved the inclusion of some specifically Aussie offerings (hello Vegemite!) as well as different food items from around the world. There were even foods I had not heard of. We all learned something from this package.
Early Explorers ocean package
We love the sea and exploring rock pools so we were excited to receive the oceans package.
Inside there was a fishing game to help us learn about different sea creatures and a fun salt water science experiment.
We enjoyed reading and talking about the fun facts about the oceans of the world in the illustrated booklet.
As each monthly subscription box arrives there is a lot of excitement looking for the latest stickers, and trading cards.
Do Little Passports boxes offer value for money?
Of course, the answer to this is entirely subjective. However, I like to think of the alternatives to this kind of service.
We have had at least 3-4 hours of play and learning from each package so far and the inclusion of the memory game in the second package means we will get more entertainment in the coming weeks.
If you think about how much a kid’s magazine or a trip to the movies costs as a comparison, then I believe the package offers reasonable value for money. Plus you have the added bonus that the boxes were designed in consultation with educators and parents. So you know the kids are going to learn something along the way.
The best way to extract maximum value from your subscription is to take the themes and weave them into your activities at home. You can find lots of online resources including recipes and craft activities on the Little Passports blog.
Shipping costs on the packages seem expensive for international orders. As the boxes ship out of the US, I wonder if there is a way for the company to ship domestically outside the USA.
Final verdict on Little Passports kids subscription box
The Little Passports concept is a great idea for parents wanting to help their children understand more about the world and different cultures. And it’s never too early to get a head start on learning about geography.
My kids and I liked how each package offered lots of variety with stickers, games and puzzles included in the pack.
Even though our children didn’t quite understand some of the content when we first received the box, we stored the items in the suitcase and came back to the content when they were a little older.
An important note for parents – if you want to make the most out of your Little Passports subscription you really need to sit down and discuss each item with your children. I like this approach because it gave me an opportunity to share some of my own passions with my kids in a way they could relate to.
I am a bit of a neat freak and avoid messy crafts for that reason. Thankfully all the items received in this subscription box can be neatly stored away to my satisfaction.
We originally had a 3-month trial subscription of Little Passports. I signed up for an additional 6-month Little Explorers subscription as I was impressed with the content. And now our twins are now at elementary school so we are excited to try the World Edition box that is suitable for children aged 6 – 10.
To make the concept even better and more relevant to our travels it would be wonderful if we could choose the countries/themes featured but that is nitpicking.
Which Little Passports box is right for your child?
Since we first started receiving our Little Passports boxes the range has expanded to include options for older children and one specifically focused on the United States and another for those kids interested in science and technology.
This table breaks down the differences in content and pricing of the different options available.
|Early Explorers||World Edition||USA Edition||Science Expeditions|
|Description||Introduce your preschooler to the world with monthly world themes like music and oceans||Discover a new country every month with fun activities and collect souvenirs from each one||Learn about two states each month through fun and educational puzzles, crafts and games||Inspire natural curiosity with monthly STEM activities|
|Monthly pricing from||$16.95 + shipping||$14.95 + shipping||$12.95 + shipping||$18.95 + shipping|
Little Passports shipping information
Little Passports ships to 10 countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand and are adding new countries regularly.
You can find a full list of shipping destinations on their website.
Want to buy Little Passports?
Little Passports subscription packages start at $US 15.95 per month for the USA addition or $US 19.95 for the Early Explorers edition if you commit to buying 12 months upfront.
My tip is to head over to the Little Passports site where they often run promotions particularly on their 12-month subscriptions. The company also makes similar travel subscription boxes for older age groups. Here is the pricing for the Early Explorers box so you can see that buying a year upfront is more cost effective in the long term.
|12 month subscription||6 month subscription||Monthly subscription||>> More info|
|USA||$19.95 per month|
One time payment of $239.40
|$21.95 per month|
One time payment of $131.70
|$22.95 each month |
|Terms||Auto renews after 12 months|
Cancel renewal anytime
|Auto renews after 6 months|
Cancel renewal anytime
|Auto renews each month|
Cancel renewal anytime
I hope you found this Little Passports review useful. Feel free to add a comment with your questions and I’d love to know your thoughts if you decided to get Little Passports.
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Disclaimer: We were given a Little Passports Early Explorers trial subscription for review. All opinions on the product are our own. This post also contains affiliate links. Please go to our disclosure page to read our full affiliate policy.