Israel is the second package of the year-two Little Passports World Edition Subscription. Today, I’m going to share some Montessori-inspired activities that work well with the Little Passports Israel package … not too long before Hanukkah! I also have a special giveaway of a 3-month subscription for the new Little Passports Early Explorers Edition! (Giveaway is open in the U.S., Canada, UK, and Australia.)
Disclosure: I’m an affiliate for Little Passports and, as an ambassador, I received a 2-year subscription to the World Edition of Little Passports. I have posts for each of the year-one packages with Montessori-inspired activities featuring Little Passports. Periodically, I’ll be sharing posts for the year-two packages. 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
- Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Activities – England
- Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Activities – China
- Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Activities – Argentina
- Montessori-Inspired LIttle Passports Activities – Russia
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 Israel 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 a wooden dreidel.
- 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 Israel
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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 a map activity with a tour of Israel (which includes a printable photo album), Isreal Museum Flashlight Tour, and Israel Concentration (which leads to a Hebrew phrase at the end). The online activities are recommended for ages 5-10, although many preschoolers could be included in online activities for Israel. I would definitely print out the pages for each Little Passports country as a way to reinforce what’s learned about each country.
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. For the Israel package, I’d recommend reviewing the Asia continent box before and after working with the Israel package. (See Montessori-Inspired Continent Activities with Animal Figures and Landmarks – Asia.)
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 Israel. Here’s an example you can use to set up a similar activity: Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Activities – Mexico.
Dreidel and Instructions
The dreidel in the Israel package has so many possibilities for fun activities for a variety of ages. The history of the dreidel is fascinating, too. I prepared a simple tray with the wooden dreidel and instructions from Little Passports. You can use a variety of objects as prizes … chocolate coins, paper coins (see the gelt-making tray below), pennies, raisins, or some other objects that your children choose. You could even include a basket for your children to collect “prizes” from around your house to use when playing the game.
This is another activity that could be used for a variety of ages. Carolyn from The Pleasantest Thing has a post at What Do We Do All Day with directions for making your own gelt, or Hanukkah coins. I used a piece of craft foam to make a circle template similar to a metal inset shape. Otherwise, I set up the tray to follow Carolyn’s directions for making gelt. The DIY gelt coins would work well with your Little Passports wooden dreidel.
This activity isn’t included in the Little Passports package, but it extends the dreidel activity. This tray uses the free Paper Dreidel printable from Coloring Pages. I like that this printable explains the different symbol used on an Israeli dreidel. It’s also a great craft for Hanukkah. You could add the free printable dreidel from Printables 4 Kids. I like that one for its explanation of the symbols.
Dreidel Spin and Count Activity
Again, this activity isn’t part of the Israel package but uses the dreidel and extends the dreidel activity. It uses the free Hanukkah Pack from 3 Dinosaurs. I added glass gems as markers for the graph. You could use water beads and/or make this into a cooperative game if you wish.
Dreidel Board Game
I love this free dreidel board game from Therapy Fun Zone. Again, it only uses the dreidel from the Little Passports package. This game is great for a variety of ages. It emphasizes both movement and language skills. For younger children, you could change an activity such as “write the names of 5 animals” to “say the names of 5 animals.”
Other Israel Activities
You could make bookmarks and map and flag work similar to the activities in my Argentina post, a capital city and flag tray similar to the one in my China post, and/or flag jigsaw puzzle and other flag activities similar to ones in my England posts. I also have a post with Montessori-Inspired Hanukkah Activities. Have fun studying Israel! 🙂
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.
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