I’ve been a Little Passports affiliate and ambassador since 2013. This is the first year that I’ve had someone to help me with my reviews. For this post, I had two people to help me: my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, and my daughter, Christina, who’s the main force behind the Living Montessori Now YouTube channel.
I was given the Little Passports items in this review. As always, my opinions are honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links (at no cost to you).
I’ve enjoyed reviewing the Little Passports World Edition along with the first 3 Early Explorers Packages. If you read my Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Global Adventure post, you find links to all my Little Passports reviews and Montessori-inspired activity posts.
Little Passports Dino Backpack
Zoey is a dinosaur lover. You can see how much fun she had in her dinosaur ice melt activity. So I knew she would love the dino backpack, which she did!
First, of course, Zoey had to explore the Dino Backpack … taking the dinosaurs out, and putting them back in, and taking them out, and putting them back in, and…. Then, I showed Zoey the dinosaur poster that came with the backpack. Zoey liked to hear about different dinosaurs and match the ones in the backpack to dinosaurs on the poster.
Toby Plush (to go with the Little Passports Early Explorers Edition)
Toby became one of Zoey’s instant favorites. She loves dogs, and Toby is super cute … whether you’re a dog lover or not.
Zoey thought it was a lot of fun to help Toby travel to various landmarks and other features on the world map that came with the Early Explorers first package. I would say something like, “Can you help Toby travel to see the toucan in South America?”
Souvenir Picture Book: Max, Mia, and Toby’s Adventures Around the World: A Souvenir Book
Zoey has me read the book to her every day now, and she also goes through it on her own. Often, she has Toby watch. This is a book that will be fun for her for a number of years.
Weather Lab Science Kit
This is intended for older kids, and I definitely recommend it for preschoolers on up. Still, we’ve already had some fun experiences with it.
I know the volcano-building kit containing clay and a paint set will be popular with Zoey. I’m just saving it for at least another year when she can fully appreciate it.
The handheld tornado has a lot of interesting information for advanced preschoolers through elementary age (even older)! Zoey doesn’t have any experience with tornadoes (fortunately), so she’s really too young to understand the concept. She thought the activity was interesting in a snow-globe-sort-of-way.
Now this was COOL! We spent a lot of time with this, and my daughter, Christina (Zoey’s aunt), joined us. Watch our YouTube video to see what we did with it!
The Instant Snow powder is amazing … it expands to 100 times its size when water is added (kind of explodes into snow).
The resulting product isn’t sticky. We only used about a third of the package to make a miniature /s/ letter sound sensory bin. In case you didn’t watch the video, it shows how we introduced the letter sound and sensory bin.
Because Zoey’s only 2 years old, I’m keeping this tray out of reach except when we work together with it. I recommend that if you have a toddler. The Instant Snow isn’t for eating, and it does look tempting to a toddler. Zoey thought it looked good to eat, although she listened to us and didn’t try it.
The sensory bin container is a 3-cup Pyrex container that I keep the lid on between uses. I just used the letter “s” from our sandpaper letters along with the snowman, sleigh, and Santa from the Safari Ltd. Christmas TOOB and the sled from Montessori Services language objects. (Note: we haven’t formally introduced the sandpaper letters with tracing because of Zoey’s age, although we’ve done a lot with hearing phonetic sounds.)
I’ve frozen the “snow” before our next use with the sensory bin so that it will really feel like real snow! It can be dried out to be used again, too!
Coral Reef Kit
I reviewed the Little Passports Coral Reef Kit last August. Zoey had fun with the sensory bin we made with the coral reef kit for weeks until I put out a fall sensory bin. The Coral Reef Kit is another of the gift items available from Little Passports!
These items are all great additions to the Little Passports products. There’s a lot of learning involved while kids (and their families) are just having fun!
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