Disclosure: 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’m sharing some Montessori-inspired activities featuring Little Passports. This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Of course, all opinions are my own.
Here are my previous Montessori-inspired Little Passports posts:
Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Global Adventure (which contained the Little Passports suitcase, passport, and world map used each month along with a letter from Sam and Sofia, activity sheet, stickers, and a boarding pass with access to online games and activities)
- Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Activities – Brazil
- Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Activities – Japan
- Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Activities – France
The Little Passports materials could work especially well for afterschooling, in a Montessori homeschool with children of multiple ages, or for summer learning. The World Edition is a monthly subscription recommended for ages 5-10. A total of 24 different adventures are available in the series. I’m sharing activities that would allow preschoolers to join in the adventures as well.
Contents of the Little Passports Egypt Package:
- A letter from Sam and Sophia, your child’s travel companions. This adds interest to a world study for a wide range of ages.
- Souvenirs themed around the chosen country. This month’s souvenir is an Egypt dig kit.
- An activity sheet for the country. This will generally be best for 5-10 year olds.
- A picture from the country. This month’s picture is of Sam and Sophia in Egypt.
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- A passport stamp.
- A map marker.
- A sticker for the suitcase.
- A “boarding pass” for access to online content about the country. This month’s boarding pass has an Egypt trivia game, a map activity with a tour of Egypt (which includes a printable photo album), and an Egyptian hieroglyphics activity. The online activities are recommended for ages 5-10, although younger children could easily be included in the photo album activities and printable hieroglyphics activity.
This month’s boarding pass to Brazil had fun trivia questions about Brazil as well as an interactive soccer game. – See more at: http://www.peaceloveorganicmom.com/2013/05/traveling-to-brazil-with-little.html#sthash.NohmOxUG.dpuf
Following are some suggestions on how you can make Little Passports Montessori-inspired and have it work for multiple ages at home.
The first package had a global focus, so you could have done any sort of continent map work in connection with the first package. After that, it’s best if your children have a chance to work with related Montessori continent box materials before the country package arrives (possibly for the two weeks preceding your work with the specific country). For the Egypt package, I’d recommend working with the Africa continent box for two weeks before and after working with the Egypt package. (See Montessori-Inspired Continent Activities Using Replicas – Africa.)
Map Unfolding and Folding and Country Matching Activity
I would include this activity for each country. Map unfolding and folding makes 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. If you feel that would be too difficult for your child, you could always laminate the map and put it up on the wall.
For the Egypt package, I traced Egypt 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. I included Brazil, Japan, and France on the tray to reinforce the work done previously with Little Passports.
What a fun part of the Little Passports package! It consists of a “treasure” that has to be excavated from the pyramid using the tools in the Egypt Dig kit. I just added the kit parts to a medium-size Montessori Services tray, a tray that’s useful for many activities.
Egypt Sensory Tub Dig
This activity doesn’t use materials from the Little Passports package, but it extends the archeological theme. It uses a free printable from the Egypt Pack for tots through grade 1 by 3 Dinosaurs. I just used a shoebox-size sensory tub from the Dollar Tree with sand and tools.
You could also use the free Ancient Egyptian Life Cards from Montessori Materials if you wish.
Make a 3-D Pyramid
This isn’t part of the Little Passports Egypt package, but it’s a wonderful extension to the Egypt package and to the Montessori geometric solids. For this activity, I used the free printable Cheops Pyramid from Korthals Altes. The cutting is fairly simple, although most preschoolers will need some help with the folding and gluing (holding the glued parts in place).
You could also use the free printable square pyramid from First Palette. In Montessori education, we use the term “square-base pyramid.” You’ll find ideas for decorating pyramids at Inspired Montessori and Arts at Dundee Montessori. You could also get ideas for images to draw from the free Ancient Egyptian Pack from Royal Baloo or from the printable hieroglyphics activity in the Little Passports boarding zone.
Extensions using Safari Ltd. Landmarks
Thanks to Kateva from Safari Ltd. for the educational keys for the TOOBS! These are very useful not only for simple matching activities, but also as a way for you to keep your TOOBS organized and for older children to use as keys for research. If you click on each link, you can save and print out the educational key for each TOOB. Here are the keys for the landmarks: World Landmarks TOOB Key and Around the World TOOB Key.
For Egypt I used two replicas: Sphinx from World Landmarks TOOB and Pyramids of Giza from the Around the World TOOB. I placed the Egyptian landmarks on the free printable political map of Egypt from Free World Maps. The placement can’t be exact, since they both go on Giza. You could just use one of the landmarks if you prefer.
There are lots of other ideas that would be great extensions to the Little Passports Egypt package. For example, you could have a hieroglyphics drawing tray using printouts from the Little Passports boarding zone. I love this unit for all the possible related activities that can be easily created.
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).
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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