Little Passports Review

Little Passports Review - What you need to know for your little travelers!

Subscriptions services are all the rage these days–you have craft subscriptions, wine subscriptions, healthy snacks, beauty products, subscriptions just for moms, and even beard grooming subscriptions. We like fun and new, but with ease. Apparently.

After trying Kiwi Crate and really enjoying our experience with them, I decided we should try another subscription service that’s caught my eye, Little Passports.

Little Passports Review - What you need to know for your little travelers!

Little Passports is toted as a global adventure for children. Each month you get a package (mailer envelope) from two friends, Sam and Sofia, who travel the world (and US) on a scooter with a magical GPS. They send souvenirs, stickers, postcards, recipes, games, and stories each month from the country they’re visiting.

I went with a 3-month subscription because I think that’ll give us a more well-rounded, consistent experience of what Little Passports has to offer than a single package.

The first package you receive from Sam and Sofia is a small cardboard suitcase to store all your mail in and put your sticker from each country. You also receive a passport and each month a sticker stamp to go in it.

It’s Arrival.

Little Passports Review - What you need to know for your little travelers!When the first Little Passports package arrived it was shipped in a box and we got our little suitcase. It’s a cute little suitcase and I love the idea of covering it with all our potential “travels.”

I was surprised there wasn’t much in the suitcase. Just a few sheets of paper: a letter from Sam and Sofia explaining how they found the scooter with the magical scooter, a picture of them, the passport, and stickers of Sam and Sofia to put on the suitcase.

I was let down that that was it. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I expected something more…better, maybe? The quality of paper was like cheap copy paper and some of our letter was smudged. I definitely wasn’t impressed.

Doing the Activity.

Little Passports Review - What you need to know for your little travelers!

There wasn’t much to do. We read the letter from Sam and Sofia, looked through the passport book (there are a few things you can fill out, kids can interview parents about their travels, & put their own picture in the passport), a large fold-out map to put pinpoint stickers on for each country, and put the stickers on the suitcase. That was it.

Again, I didn’t know what to expect, but after seeing how thorough, creativ e, and hands-on our Kiwi Crate was I guesss I was hoping for a similiar experience.

Thus was our introductory box, so I figured Little Passports had more potential once we started visiting countries.

Our first country was Brazil. (I’m not sure if they come in a predetermined order or if you can request certain countries. That’d be nice especially if you’re pairing it with a country study.) We received the package in a padded mailer envelope. I didn’t even realize what it was unitl I noticed a very faint stamp marking Brazil on the front.

When we opened this one, a few sheets of paper and a rock (in a bag) spilled out. It was more of the same from our initial box. A luggage tag for Brazil, a sticker for the passport and suitcase, a brochure-type paper telling few details about Brazil, a postcard of an animal they met (and talked to),  a recipe, and a few paper games. There’s also a link and code to go online for more activities and games.

Once again, we read through the letter and put the Brazil paraphernalia on the suitcase, and we were done. The games were too advanced for my kids, so we skipped those.

(Little Passports recently came out with a new line called Early Explorers which  is geared toward 3 – 5 year olds, which may make it more accessible to my children’s ages, 4 and 6. We haven’t tried it yet, but it may resolve/adjust some of my disappointments with Little Passports.)

Little Passports Review - What you need to know for your little travelers!What do the kids think?

To my surprise the kids seemed to enjoy it. They thought it was fun to put the stickers on the suitcase and map. I think the postcards and papers were short enough to keep their attention span. Joey wanted to do some of the games and while he can go word searches pretty well, the one for Brazil was an unscrambling word game and he’s just not there yet.

Momma’s Last Word

Honestly? I’m disappointed in our Little Passports subscription. I think the concept is a great way to introduce kids to other countries and cultures. I just wish there were more hands-on activities and that it was accessible to younger children (again, the new Early Explorers set may address this). Right now, it feels like we’re paying a subscription price for a few flimsy pieces of paper and stickers.

From a Montessori perspective, unless you have elementary readers, there’s not much a child could do independently with Little Passports. While my boys stayed engaged with our first country package, we were done within 5 minutes. There’s also the magical GPS too. What would’ve been so hard about Sam and Sofia traveling by plane, showing the process of packing a suitcase, going through the airport and such? They could even take other modes of transportation (like a bus, train, or boat) to get between countries closer together.

If you visit Living Montessori Now, Deb has built a ton of great Montessori activities around Little Passports. They could be a great edition to a country or continent study. I just feel that for a paid subscription there should be more than a few things I could easily Google. I was looking for more of an experience and hands-on activities than pieces of paper.

I think Little Passports has a lot of potential, but it’s just not there yet.

However, we’re going to stick with it for another month or two. I do think it has potential, but it just doesn’t rank with the quality of Kiwi Crate.

If you’d like to try Little Passports, right now Little Passports is offering 15% off all new subscriptions (Early Explorers, Little Passports World & USA edition) with the code CHEER15.

 

Little Passports

Reviewed by Jessica Mueller on .
Summary: Little Passports has plenty of potential, but is lacking in hands-on activities for a younger (3-5 yo) crowd.
Review Stars: 3.5

 

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19 comments… add one

  • Amye June 4, 2015, 2:42 pm

    I am glad to read this review. I thought as much. Thank you!

  • Sasha June 14, 2015, 9:49 am

    yeah I was hopeful these would be something worth while but it looks as though they even use a pretty inaccurate map projection – or none at all – which is disappointing enough since my son LOVES maps. I wanted to give them a chance and hope they would improve as funding increased but what you describe….I’d rather build kits myself lol. thanks for the review!

  • meg June 29, 2015, 5:50 pm

    Thanks for your great review! Have you tried the cultured owl subscription kits? I signed my girls up for the 6 month subscription. Loved it because I could add on a second child for less than half the cost of the first child. Little Passports unfortunately doesn’t offer this option. It only offers full price for each child. We’ve been super happy with our 6 months of cultured owl. You get a passport per child and a blow up globe and flag stand in the intro kit. Each country kit comes with two crafts (with supplies), a toy, trading card, nice fabric country flag, recipe, and booklet about country-all printed items are on a nice card stock. We check out coordinating country books/videos/music from our library to add to the experience and have started collecting the country’s coins from ebay to enhance our learning further and have started a great coin collection. You can select the countries you want and you also have the option to have them all shipped at once for free. This way I could choose the kit I wanted when the time was right. Plus no shipping! I wish they had more countries, so far just 12. I was looking into Little Passports, which has tons of countries, but many reviews- such as yours- do not seems super thrilled. We’re coming to the end of our first 6 months and I’m totally going to go with cultured owl again! Once this is over, I’m hoping they’ve added on more countries, otherwise I think we will try to come up with our own activities, little flags, recipes, etc! 🙂

  • Lissa July 11, 2015, 10:08 am

    I just placed an order more than a month ago and I haven’t receive anything yet!

  • Tonya July 27, 2015, 5:39 am

    funny… My first impressions was blah. Just by looking thru the pics online. I saw what was going to be in the first box and was not impressed that they didn’t send anything to go with it.
    Then I looked onto further months and still blah.
    Glad I found this review. I’m on the right track.
    I am looking to replace kiwi crate and my son isn’t quite old enough for tinker crate but he seems beyond kiwi crate now.

    I did find another travel crate I might get instead. It’s called Kitchen Table Passport. It looks much much better, geared for the whole family.

  • May pun December 11, 2015, 6:09 pm

    Do not order from this company. They will keep charging you every year without your authorization!!

  • Stephanie January 27, 2016, 12:01 pm

    I agree – I am not impressed with this subscription and am requesting a refund. In my opinion, the value of the items does not match the high cost.

  • Michelle February 21, 2016, 8:18 pm

    Jessica, thank you so much for your honest review!

    Meg, I really appreciate your mention of Cultured Owl and tips! It looks more like what I’m looking for. Thanks much!

  • Lindsey March 22, 2016, 3:56 pm

    Thank you for your review. It was very helpful in my decision to use this for my kids. I appreciate you taking the time to review and your input! 😊

  • Megan March 28, 2016, 10:57 am

    Thanks for the honest review! You just saved me a lot of money!

  • clare April 18, 2016, 10:28 am

    we are the same 2nd month in and so disappointed for the price ive cancelled the subscription but left with 2 very disappointed children,

  • India April 20, 2016, 8:33 am

    Appreciate your honest review… feeling underwhelmed with this subscription and was wondering if I was in the minority after seeing so many positive Facebook posts. Thank you for being so candid.

  • Heather May 30, 2016, 10:05 am

    Thank you! I was really interested, but I searched for reviews because I suspected what you’ve said here. And I had exactly the same thought about the magical GPS. Not consistent with educating children about all the wonders of the real world out there.

  • Maria May 31, 2016, 8:29 am

    I feel your review is accurate. Seeing that our 5-yr old kid loves history and geography and travelling and getting mail we decided to subscribe. But I felt the same way once the packages started to arrive- like is this it? But he loves checking the mail and he enjoys them for about 30 minutes. So far he has received 3 packages and I may cancel at 6.

  • Kate June 2, 2016, 8:47 pm

    Thank you for the honest review. I saw their advertisement and the raving comments on facebook. I also checked their website for what I would actually receive – I thought maybe I was expecting too much – but then, I read your review. Thank you for saving people like me a few $$$!!! I appreciate it. Their concept is good, but rather expensive. I will be making these kits at home. Again, thank you for your honesty – it is a rare quality.

  • Kellie Tinsley September 6, 2016, 10:51 am

    Thanks for the review! I was looking at these for my kids, and I am so glad I found your blog.

  • Tammy Elliott December 17, 2016, 9:44 am

    Thank you for writing this review. I felt it was fair and enlightening. My kids are grown now but i was considering buying this for a nephew. I think i will keep looking for something more appropriate.

  • Patricia January 8, 2017, 5:36 pm

    thanks for the review, this was incredibly helpful in deciding weather or not I would do this with my daycare. I have the passport books already I am sure with a little creativity and time on my part I could come up with something similar for us to do. thank you so much have an awesome day.

  • Nancy Boykin March 1, 2017, 1:51 pm

    I realize this is from a couple years ago, but thank you for your honest review. We just received our 2nd month from Little Passports and I don’t think I can cancel it fast enough. My daughters – ages 6 and 9 – are in the target age group but the “kits” keep their attention for 5 minutes at most. They were excited about the little suitcase and passport with the first kit – which still has basically zero activities with it. The 1st country is still Brazil and still contains just a rock and a couple papers. My duaghters were excited about the rock. And the 2nd country was Japan for which we got a couple more papers and a tiny origami project. I cannot believe all the raving reviews on Facebook. We’ve received so many superior kits from other companies – Steve Spangler, Kiwi / Tinker Crates, even Green Kids Crafts (which we didn’t keep for long, but it was still far superior to Little Passports). It’s just refreshing to see an honest review that I completely agree with.

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