Guest Author - Alissa Moy
Little Passports is a unique, fun and educational program your preschooler will love! Monthly adventure kits via mail, partnered with an online pass code for games, which correspond with varied countries are offered. The initial kit contains a travel suitcase with an introductory letter from Sofia and Sam, the two main characters who lead children on a geographical journey. The first kit also comes with a world wall map, a travel passport, stickers, and an activity sheet. Subsequent mailings include additional fun stickers for your child to decorate his or her suitcase with, an activity sheet, and a new code for online games. The countries featured in the program are Brazil, Japan, France, Egypt, Australia, Mexico, South Africa, India, England, China and Argentina. There are several options for a monthly subscription package, ranging from $10.95 per month to $13.95 per month. The wonderful aspect of this program is that a portion of the proceeds from the monthly fee actually go to charity. Little Passports donates to both SOS Children’s Villages and the Ubuntu Education Fund, as they have partnered with both charities to help improve the lives of children around the world.
As a certified teacher, and homeschool mom, I highly recommend this fantastic program. While a younger preschooler will need assistance in reading the information and playing the online games, older preschoolers will find this intriguing. Those children who are ages four or five and are reading will find this virtual travel challenging and enriching. All children love to get mail, and when their "suitcase" arrives each month, along with geography goodies, your child will be begging to learn more about the country for that month.
The online games are educational and several of them are based on memory activities and trivia quizzes. Each country offers an online map tour, which is a succinct summary of major geographical key points in that country. My son particularly enjoyed the game in Japan called "What's Your Japanese Food Type?" I now have a list of menu ideas for our next family excursion at a Japanese restaurant! Other games include a photography game in which children take snapshots online of animals in an African Safari, and learn about these animals after they have completed the task. Egypt offers a cool Hieroglyphics Translator, in which children can type their name, or other words, to be translated into Hieroglyphics. The result can also be printed.
The main characters, Sam and Sofia, are delightful tour guides for globetrotting children. Their wholesome and friendly appearance is appropriate and having both a boy and girl as traveling buddies makes this program appeal to a wide range of children. Start your preschooler on a journey around the world today!