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Little Passports Makes Learning Science and Geography Fun

Little Passports Encourages Children to Explore Their World

Parents and educators will find Little Passports gifts a great way to get children interested in the world around them. Homeschooling families will especially value the hands-on activities for science and geography. Any parents, though, who want to encourage their children to learn more about the world, will find Little Passports a helpful resource.

Little Passports Makes Learning Science and Geography Fun

Although Little Passports is best known for its subscriptions (see below), you can also find one-time gifts for children. Some of them are part of subscription packages, but you can also buy them separately to address a child’s special interest.

Children are naturally curious about their world. When they are young they want to understand their closest surroundings — the bugs they see, animals, their neighborhood and the people they see in it, etc. They may also wonder about where their food comes from. They like to experiment with art and music.

As they get older, they become more interested in the wider world and what they have not yet seen. Little Passports introduces children from ages 3-5 to World Landmarks, Music, Animals, Food, Art, Natural Wonders, Oceans, World Coins, Space, World Discoveries, Dinosaurs, Science, Celebrations, Habitats, Transportation, Insects, and Sports.  The Little Passports packages provide fun hands-on learning that children enjoy.

The Little Passports products pictured below are just some of the possible choices if you want to give a child an enjoyable learning experience. You can find something appropriate for any child from preschool to elementary school age. The best gifts stimulate a child’s curiosity and help him or her to satisfy it.  Click on any product for more details about it.

 

 My Crafty Animal Mask Kit World Coin Collection Dino Pals Backpack

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What Else Should I Know About Little Passports Products?

Little Passports is a subscription service that sends monthly educational packages that help children explore geography and science with hands-on activities. You choose the length of the subscription. The children get to anticipate receiving a new package of educational fun each month.

There are age-appropriate packages available for children ages three to preteen. Curious children will appreciate the wide variety of topics they can explore as the thematic packages arrive each month.  See what’s available for ages 3-5 here.  Besides the monthly packages to introduce preschoolers to the world, you can find single kits to build a tugboat, create animal masks, and much more. There is also a darling dinosaur backpack little tykes will love.

Little Passports Makes Learning Science and Geography Fun
Little Passports Global Adventure

For children six through eight chose between world and USA exploration subscriptions. For a smaller gift, choose between A World Coin Collection, A Coral Reef Kit, A Weather Lab Science Kit, and more. Once children turn nine they are ready for the Science Expedition subscriptions in addition to all the other kits previously mentioned.

Why I Believe These Subscriptions Make Good Gifts

There’s nothing quite as exciting to a child as getting a package in the mail — especially when he or she knows there will be one coming every month. One can anticipate the arrival of a subscription gift each month long after the excitement of getting lots of presents for a special occasion is gone.

A Science Expedition Kit or Travel Adventure Package does more than entertain. It helps a child explore the world. It widen’s a child’s  horizons. These science and geography packages tap into a child’s curiosity about the world and about how things work. They inspire children to keep learning and show children that learning can be fun.

 

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Science Gift Subscriptions for Curious Children

Gift Subscriptions Keep on Giving after the Holiday or Birthday is Over

When I was a child, about the only  gift subscriptions one could receive were magazines . I did look forward to getting my copies of Wee Wisdom, Humpty Dumpty, and other children’s magazines every month. (That was sixty years ago.) My own children enjoyed getting their monthly dose  of Ranger Rick, Boy’s Life, and Cobblestone.

Do you live far away from the children you want to gift?  Why not give a subscription to presents that will keep coming as long as you wish? Let your favorite children experience that same anticipation I had waiting for my favorite magazines to arrive. They will really get excited about getting a new box of science adventures each month.

Exploring  Science with Little Passports Gift Subscriptions

How I wish Little Passports had been around when I was homeschooling my children. My son loved science. He was terribly curious and enjoyed hands-on activities. Now that he’s gone, I can only imagine how excited he would have been to get a package in the mail every month that gave him a new science topic to explore and experiment with. He would have thrived on science activities such as these.

We had read an Alan Pinkerton biography together and he liked to believe he was a little Alan Pinkerton . He would have been ecstatic to find the forensic science package in our mailbox.  See it here: Little Passports Science Expedition Packages.  How much better is this for a family trying to encourage a child in science than just a book? This Forensic Science Package is the first to arrive with a new gift subscription to Little Passports Science Expedition packages.

The very first month of a subscription your child will get a carrying / storage case and a lab notebook. Every month, including the first, there will be a comic book with a new mystery to solve with Sam and Sophia, an eight-page experiment guide, some equipment needed for the experiments, and an achievement badge to  display in the lab notebook for the completed activity .

As a mom,  I really appreciate the completeness of the package. Most of the experiments I found in books when homeschooling sent me scurrying around trying to find all the equipment my children would need. Little Passports includes the necessary tools in the packages.

Little Passports Science Expeditions are for children nine and older who like to  find out how things work. In the blog post Why We Developed Science Expeditions, the developers and producers explain what they wanted to accomplish in getting children inspired to learn science.  The company uses a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) approach to learning.

Groovy Science Labs in a Box Also Offers Gift Subscriptions

12-month subscription is a $144 savings - that's 4 FREE SINGLE BOXES with FREE SHIPPING!

Groovy Science Labs in a Box Inc is sold in association with Popular Mechanics Magazine. Like Little Passports, it uses a STEM approach to interest students as young as eight in science, technology, engineering, and math. Each package encourages children to think, question, inquire, and create. Gift subscription orders ship free to  a child’s door at the end of each month. See your subscription options here. 

Science Labs in a Box is different from other science labs or kits in this respect. A Science Lab in a box contains detailed instructions for most of the investigations, but not for the Engineering Design Challenge. Children have to  figure out the design themselves using what they’ve learned while doing the investigations and the free online resources that are included with each subscription.

Each package offers new explorations. This is part of the Waterworks package, which you can also get as a single gift. And remember, when your child gets a package, everything needed to do the activities is in the box except your child’s brain.

Water Works - A Lesson in Hydroponics
Water Works – A Lesson in Hydroponics

 

This short video shows a time exposure of one of the Waterworks investigations.

Other Science Packages You Can Buy as Single Gifts

I've lived in California for over seventy years, and I've had my share of earthquake experiences, including a very bad one. The Shake it Up package helps children understand what causes earthquakes and how engineers can build to withstand them. See what's in the Shake it Up package. 

Another popular package is It's Electric.

Contents of the It's Electric Package

See what children will be able to design and build with the contents of this package as they learn about electricity. As in every package, all the child needs is in the box.

Besides the three packages featured above, there are eleven more choices for single packages presently available. These are handy for those who want to gift a child who has one burning area of interest, like space or circuits or birds. Maybe once a child sees that first box he or she will be begging for another one.

Child enjoying his Science Lab out of the Box

Single boxes are also good for those who want to give a gift to a child far away but can't afford an entire subscription. Other options for those who can't give a year's subscription are shorter gift subscriptions of three or six months. When you give a gift subscription, you can print out a gift announcement right from the site to mail to the child you are gifting.

You Can Still Get a Magazine Subscription!

When I was a child there weren't many magazines published for children.  Now there is a huge selection you can see here.  Some of my and my kids' favorites are still in print and available for discounted prices. They include Ranger Rick, Boys' Life, Highlights, Zoobooks, Humpty Dumpty, Cricket, and Cobblestone. They are ideal for children who like to read and solve featured puzzles. At Magazine-Agent.com you will get discounted prices on gift subscriptions and a wide variety of magazines to choose from.  As I write this there is a terrific sale going on. Get a gift and pick up your favorite magazine while you're there.

Science Gift Subscriptions for Curious Children
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