When I was a little girl my family traveled a lot. I had been back and forth across the United States and a few times to Asia before I was a kindergartener. I remember cramped smoky flights, grey sterile airports with stiff benches and vending machine food. I also remember the excitement of a trip in the works, the big travel day, and the experience of seeing people who are different than me. I learned that the world is big and that travel makes me happy.
Well a lot is different for my twins now. Airports are better, that’s for sure; check-ins, not so much. But we’re a local travel family for the most part – we live in the Pacific Northwest, one of the most beautiful places in the world. Right now day trips, camping, and shorter vacations close to home fit in our budget and within the time we have with busy work schedules, appointments, and school life.
But I haven’t forgotten my early experiences. Like many travel-loving mamas, I know that travel is education and my kids should understand their place in the world. Travel writing is my passion and I want my kids to know why I love it. Not to mention all the skills, both academic and social, that thinking through life in another place can give them.
So I was excited to hear about Little Passports ™. The program is simple as I see it – you subscribe for your kids to receive a monthly package of travel-related fun items and activities specific to either their world or USA editions. Your guides in the program are two friends, Sofia and Sam, who show your kids where they’re visiting and add a personal touch that makes Little Passports ™ much more than a geography lesson. Then each month your kids get a package from Sam and Sofia with fun items from a new place.
We received the introductory Explorer Kit from their World Edition, which is for 5-10 year olds. My twins are 4, and they had a great time with it, but I could see it working for kids a few years older, too. It came with a good-quality little suitcase, a gorgeous big map, and other “personal” items from Sam and Sofia. My twins befriended Sam and Sofia right away. It was cute.
What my kids loved about it was first and foremost – getting mail. Wow! I think most moms can understand how delightful that was for them. A package addressed to them! I would say that if you have twins or more than one child, you might want to get a subscription for each of them because if they’re like mine, they’ll love it enough to want to hoard it for themselves.
I helped my twins open it up and I started the conversation about Sam and Sofia – that they were on a trip and wanted to send a special package to their friends. The photo of Sam and Sofia, the passport, and the map were huge hits with all of us, even my ex-Navy husband, who had fun pointing out where he’d been in the world.
My husband and I loved watching our kids get excited about the places in the world. We were both surprised at how much they knew. We talked about what languages were spoken where, which animals lived on which continents, where Sam and Sofia are going to sleep… One of the best moments was when I asked my twins, “Where is China?” Not expecting them to know. Well they pointed right to it. I don’t know why, but I almost cried.
So if it’s within your budget*, and you want a new way to share your love of travel with your kids or open up the world to them more than your lifestyle allows, I’d say go for it. Could you make something similar on your own? Perhaps. But I’ve been lost in big craft stores and sitting exhausted with half-done projects too many times to know that I wouldn’t, or I couldn’t keep it up for them. And anything that I can do to make learning fun for my twins makes me feel good, too.
Great news! One lucky twin-mom.com reader will receive a free 3-month subscription to either the USA or World editions, valued at $41.85. Little Passports ™ ships to USA, Canada, and APO addresses so remember that before you enter. This is the very first giveaway on twin-mom.com, so please enter away. Thanks!
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*Check out the Little Passports site for more information about their programs and pricing.
twin-mom.com received a complimentary Explorer Kit from Little Passports ™ for this review. The opinions and experiences are solely the writer’s own.
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