It can be difficult to get kids excited about science – especially if you didn’t enjoy science as a child. But I’m excited to share something that makes it easy for you to give your kids a fun way to explore science at home or in the classroom. It’s the brand new Little Passports Science Expeditions subscription, which is out just in time for holiday gift giving!
Disclosure: I’m an affiliate and ambassador for Little Passports. I was given the first month’s package of the Science Expedition subscription. All opinions are honest and my own. This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you).
A Bit about STEAM Activities and Little Passports Science Expeditions
In case you’re not aware of the term STEAM, the term stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. STEAM activities are essential for kids in our world today. I love that Little Passports has created an interdisciplinary approach to science – one that also fits well with homeschoolers or afterschoolers using unit studies. Each month’s package will contain STEAM activities related to a theme such as rockets, forensic science, vision, caves and crystals, northern lights and magnetism, and hydrology. Little Passports Science Expeditions is designed for ages 9+, although many of the activities can be used in a homeschool with multiple ages.
The first month’s kit includes a Science Case and Lab Notebook.
Each month’s package will include:
- 16-Page comic book with glossary and bonus activities
- A new mystery with Sam & Sofia
- Hands-on science experiments
- Achievement badges for each monthly theme
- Access to bonus online videos and science content
You can get a 12-month subscription, 6-month subscription, or monthly subscription. Science Expeditions subscriptions will begin shipping December 1.
My Review of Little Passports Science Expeditions
As I said, I love the themed, interdisciplinary approach of the Little Passports Science Expeditions subscription. Sam and Sofia are fun characters that children who’ve had the World edition or USA edition are already familiar with. The characters and monthly comic book make science much more accessible for many kids.
When my now-adult daughter was a pre-teen, she was obsessed with Harriet the Spy. So I showed her the Science Expeditions activities and asked for her opinion. She said she would have loved them.
The activities are very easy to put together. Here are some ideas of trays you could use in a homeschool for multiple ages. The booklet with science experiments is laid out so that it’s easy to see which materials are in the package and which ones you need to get (or will have in your kitchen). I found that I already had all the materials I needed. I just placed all the materials for each experiment on a large tray. The directions for the experiments are very clear and easy to follow.
A Very Berry DNA Extraction is a fun experiment for older kids, although preschoolers wouldn’t understand it. Younger kids could help with some of the hands-on activities in a homeschool situation,though.
Hints from Prints is a science experiment that everyone could get involved in. Both Christina and my almost-3-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, did parts of this activity. Of course, Zoey didn’t really understand the significance of fingerprints or an analysis of fingerprints, but she enjoyed taking her fingerprint and seeing fingerprints magnified.
Christina, Zoey, and I were all interested in seeing how much clearer a fingerprint’s characteristics were when a balloon was inflated to magnify the fingerprint. That was from the second “hints from prints” investigation.
Spatter Studies is another activity multiple ages could get involved in. Seeing the various spatter differences would be interesting for a variety of ages, even though older kids will be able to take the activity to a much deeper level.
Even without any children ages 9 and older, I had a lot of fun reviewing the first month’s package. I’m definitely impressed with the Science Expeditions subscription!
Montessori-Inspired Global Adventure Pinterest Board and Related Continent Resource Boards
Be sure to check out the Montessori-Inspired Global Adventure Pinterest Board and each of the related continent educational resource boards (which include resources for the related countries included in the Little Passports World Edition packages). The Pinterest boards contain ideas and activities that can be used to create continent boxes and complete unit studies for a variety of ages to go with your Little Passports packages. I add geography resources to Pinterest each month. Here are links to each of the Pinterest boards in the order the continents are introduced through Little Passports: Montessori-Inspired Global Adventure (introductory geography resources and 7-continents activities) *South America Educational Resources *Asia Educational Resources *Europe Educational Resources *Africa Educational Resources *Australia Educational Resources *North America Educational Resources *Antarctica Educational Resources
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.
Update: The giveaway is now closed. See the bottom of the post for the announcement of the winner! Giveaway Sponsored by Little Passports!
What You Will Win: 1 lucky winner from the U.S., Canada, UK, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, or Israel will win a 3-Month Subscription to Little Passports USA, World, Early Explorers, or Science Expeditions Edition (ARV $75)!
Who is Eligible:
This giveaway is open to anyone 18 and older in the Giveaway is open in the U.S., Canada, UK, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Israel. Little Passports will pay for shipping.
The first entry is mandatory. You must leave a blog post comment telling why you want to win (and be sure to click “I Commented” on the Rafflecopter form to let me know you left your blog post comment and to open up the optional entries)! After you’ve completed your mandatory entry, there are lots of optional entries. You have many chances to win! (Note: For the extra entries, you may count ways of following that you already do. For example, if you previously followed Living Montessori Now on Pinterest, you may still count that for your Follow Living Montessori Now on Pinterest entry!)
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You must complete the Mandatory Entry to qualify for any additional entries. The giveaway closes 9:00pm PST on Tuesday, October 25. Best of luck!
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It’s Wednesday morning, October 26. I really appreciated the 1,463 entries. A winner has been selected using Random.org through Rafflecopter!
The winner of the Little Passports 3-Month Subscription is Judith M!
I’m so happy for Judith! (Note: Judith, you have 48 hours to respond to my email, or a new winner will be chosen.)
The comment for Judith’s mandatory entry (why she wanted to win the the Little Passports subscription) said:
“It looks like a really fun way to tech my children geography!”
CONGRATULATIONS, Judith!!! A HUGE THANK YOU to Little Passports for sponsoring this fun giveaway – and thank you to everyone who entered!
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