Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Little Passports

Getting a letter in the mail is a big deal at my house. Getting a package in the mail is an even bigger deal. Whenever one of those brown boxes gets put on our porch, my kids crowd around asking, "What is it? What is it?"

So imagine my kids' delight when they saw that our most recent package was addressed to them. And better yet, it was full of lots of small treasures for them from Little Passports.

The Little Passports concept is a simple one. The fictional Sam (Hey! My son's name is Sam too!) and Sophia find a magic scooter that lets them travel around the world. Each month, they send their friend (your child) a package featuring notes, photos, and little treasures representing the country they have most recently visited.

Along with the contents of the package, each mailing comes with a "boarding pass" that allows your child to access a new section of the Little Passports website each month. That means that every month, there will be new games and puzzles about a specific country for your child to play.

Not only that, but you can follow along on Sam and Sophia's adventures on the world map that comes in the first package. I love maps and love that we now have this beautiful, colorful map on their playroom wall. We'll definitely be using it to learn.

Something good about the company as a whole: Little Passports partners with SOS Children's Villages and the Ubuntu Education Fund to improve the lives of children around the world. A portion of the sale of each subscription is donated to these organizations.

But back to our awesome suitcase of...awesomeness. Inside was a worksheet with word problems. Once solved, they tell you where Sam and Sophia will visit next.

Now, I'm not 100% sure or anything, but I think we'll be reporting on our package next month that will be centered around Brazil.

We can't wait!

Honesty Clause: Little Passports gave me a trial subscription for my kids at no charge. The cost for a monthly Little Passports package is $10.95 a month. Order online.