I’ve enjoyed all the Little Passports packages, but the England package was one of my very favorites! Not only did I like the 3-D bus activity, but I especially enjoyed a study of England after living in England for a year and a half while getting my master’s degree. Today, I’m sharing some Montessori-inspired activities about England.
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
- Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Activities – Egypt
- Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Activities – Australia
- Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Activities – Mexico
- Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Activities – South Africa
- Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Activities – India
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 multiple ages to join in the adventures.
Contents of the Little Passports England Package:
Each monthly kit includes:
- 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 a 3-D British bus.
- 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 at Stonehenge.Picture of a Uakari MonkeyPicture of a Uakari MonkeyPicture of a Uakari Monkey
- 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 a map activity with a tour of England (which includes a printable photo album), a horse jumping game, and an England concentration game. The online activities are recommended for ages 5-10, although a younger child could easily be included in the England online activities. I would definitely print out the pages for each Little Passports country as a way to reinforce what’s learned about each country.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.
If you sign up for a subscription, you could do activities related to the month’s package and then focus on the continent box for the continent of the next package’s country. I recommend focusing on the continent for the next country you’ll be receiving when your children are finished with the focus of their present package (maybe two weeks with the package’s country and then start focusing on the continent for the next country.)
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 England package, I’d recommend reviewing the Europe continent box before and after working with the England package. (See Montessori-Inspired Continent Activities with Animal Figures and Landmarks – Europe)
Map Unfolding and Folding and Country Matching Activity
I have examples of this activity for a number of Little Passports posts, so I’m not showing the latest variation for England. Here’s an example you can use to set up a similar activity: Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Activities – Mexico.
3-D British Bus
This is fairly advanced, so it’s generally going to be best for ages 5 and up. You can add the directions to the tray as I did if your child is able to read and follow directions well.
England Road-Map Activity
This activity is only partially from the Little Passports package. It uses the printed photos from the online England map activity (although photos from other English cities would be easy to find online as well) and the free printable England road map from Map1.com. You have to click on and save each of the 4 parts of the printable map. After printing them out and cutting away any borders, you’ll need to overlap the pieces a bit to line up the map sections. (Note: The Map1.com site is no longer available. You could print out a free UK city map from OnTheWorldMap.com.)
I set this up as a table activity using Micro Machines, although any small cars would work. You could tell your child information about England when you introduce the activity. For instance, if your child would be interested, you could tell that gasoline prices in England are more expensive than in the United States, so most people there drive small, fuel-efficient cars. Many children would also like to know that people in the UK drive on the left side of the road.
I would introduce the various areas in England and let you child “drive” from one city or area to another. Younger children could just drive freely on the map, becoming aware of the shape of England in the process.
British Flag Activities
These aren’t from the Little Passports package but would work very well with it. You could easily make a British flag jigsaw puzzle activity using the free United Kingdom flag jigsaw printable from Activity Village. There are jigsaw instructions and cutting guides that make the activity especially simple to prepare. (Note: Activity Village printables are no longer free. You could download a free flag of Great Britain from CountryFlags.com and cut it into a puzzle.)
I have another post with more Montessori-inspired British flag activities that I created for the London 2012 Olympics.
Other England Activities
You could include the Safari Ltd. Big Ben and Stonehenge landmarks as shown in my Montessori-Inspired Continent Activities with Animal Figures and Landmarks – Europe.
Montessori-Inspired Global Adventure Pinterest Board
On the Montessori-Inspired Global Adventure Pinterest Board, I pin lots of Montessori-inspired continent activities in general along with Montessori-inspired continent and country activities that work well with Little Passports packages. You’ll also find pins with links to facts and resources you can use to create Montessori-inspired continent and country activities. And you’ll find links to free continent and country printables as well. Each month, I’ll add new continent and country activities to the board.
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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