I’m excited to be an Ambassador for award-winning Little Passports, a Global Adventure! I’m an affiliate for Little Passports and, as an ambassador, I received a year’s subscription to the World Edition of Little Passports. Once a month, I’ll be sharing some Montessori-inspired activities featuring Little Passports. Of course, all opinions are my own. (Note my Little Passports posts will contain affiliate links at no cost to you.)
I love Montessori geography activities, and I think Little Passports can add to a Montessori-inspired curriculum. It could work especially well in a Montessori-inspired homeschool with children of multiple ages. The World Edition is a monthly subscription recommended for ages 5-10. (There’s also a USA Edition recommended for ages 7-12.) Every month, the fictional Little Passports characters Sam and Sofia visit a new country and send your child a package in the mail which includes a letter, souvenirs, stickers, photos, an activity sheet, and access to online games/activities. A total of 24 different adventures are available in the series.
Little Passports wasn’t available when I was homeschooling my now-adult children, but I’m sure I would have subscribed to it if it would have been available. We had a few monthly subscriptions for our homeschool, and they added variety and interest each month. I think the story of Sam and Sofia along with the excitement of receiving a package in the mail each month adds interest to the study of geography. Whether you homeschool or not, this would be a great idea for summer or to help your child/ren learn more about geography in a fun way at any time.
I just received the first package, which arrives in a suitcase and contains materials that are used to get started: a letter from Sam and Sofia, a world map, passport, stickers, and a boarding pass with access to online games and activities.
Even though the recommended ages are 5-10, Little Passports can be adapted so that a number of the activities can work for younger preschoolers. Here are some suggestions on how you can make Little Passports Montessori-inspired and have it work for a number of ages.
If you sign up for a subscription, I’d recommend reviewing the Montessori continent map work (and continents globe if your child is still working on that) while you’re waiting for the first package to arrive. Once the first package arrives, you could do activities related to the package and then focus on the continent box for the continent of the next package’s country.
Here are some activities related to the first package, which has a focus on continents and world travel:
Continent Map Activity
You could do any sort of continent map work. I designed a continent map tray that was very easy to put together using free printables.
For the continent map and labels, I used the free Montessori world map from The Homeschool Den. I used the Globe, Continent, and Ocean Labels and labels from the World Continents – Pin Map Flags and Maps from the Free Printable Montessori Materials from Montessori Print Shop. I reduced the size of the Montessori Print Shop labels to fit better on the world map from The Homeschool Den. I also like the size of the mini labels as a nice practical-life component to the activity.
Montessori Print Shop has a number of labels ranging from color-coded labels to plain labels with words only. I used the labels with color-coded pictures of the continents and color-coded labels for the continents and oceans. That way, even a 3 year old could match the continent images, and a non-reader who could match letters/words could match the color-coded continent and ocean labels.
Sam and Sofia Flag Counting Activity
The activity sheet has a flag identification activity for 5-10 year olds that helps the child determine Sam and Sofia’s age. I just used some small foam numerals for this, but you could use small numerals from a free printable or whatever type of numerals you choose. Younger children could line up the numerals from 1-10 and then put a numeral on each flag they see on the page. All the numerals will be used up when each flag is identified. For children who are unable to line up the numerals from 1-10, you could help your child line them up and count out the numbers together.
Map Unfolding and Folding and Country Matching Activity
Map unfolding and folding would be a great Montessori-inspired practical life activity. I’d recommend showing your child how to carefully unfold and fold the world map that comes with the first package. (Note: If you feel that would be too difficult for your child, you could always laminate the map and put it up on the wall. That will work better for many homeschools.)
There’s an activity for older kids on the activity sheet to determine the country featured in the next month’s package. After an older child determines the next country, you could put out an activity tray with the world map and a matching country. Brazil is the first country on the world tour, so I traced Brazil on the map and cut out the country piece from a foam sheet. Your child could place the matching foam piece on the world map, maybe using Velcro if your map is laminated and hung up. Then you could focus on the South America continent box until the Brazil package arrives in a month.
Optional Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Activities for Each Country (added as I publish them)
More about Little Passports
You can sign up for 3 months ($13.95/month with a one-time payment of $41.85), 6 months ($13.95/month with a one-time payment of $83.70), 12 months ($10.95/month with a one-time payment of $131.40), or monthly ($11.95/month, billed monthly and can be cancelled any time).
I checked out the online activities. They would generally be best for 5-10 year olds. Even a preschooler could do the world continent activities on the first package, although the world trivia is more for older children. I like that the online activities aren’t critical of any mistakes and give opportunities to replay the game as often as the child wishes. That gives a non-stressful way for children to master new knowledge.
Here are the countries covered in the Little Passports World Edition:
- South Africa
- More coming
The USA Edition for 7-12 year olds has the same payment plans and prices as the World Edition. For the first month, the USA Edition subscription starts with the Discovery Kit which comes in a custom Sam and Sofia USA Portfolio and includes:
- An introductory letter from Sam and Sofia
- USA Field Guide
- USA Scratch Book
- USA Wall Map
- Disposable Camera and Photo Scavenger Hunt
Every month after the first month, your child will visit 2 new states and receive:
- A 32-page activity-packed journal covering 2 states
- Pop-out Models
- Access to more information and activities online
You can find out more and subscribe at Little Passports.
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