If you’re looking for non-toy gifts for the kiddos in your life, a subscription service is high on my list of ideas. Here is my completely honest review of Little Passports, a monthly subscription service that provides kids with a fun way to explore the world!
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My son Aidan loves all things maps and exploration. So when his grandma mentioned the idea of getting him a Little Passports subscription for his birthday last spring, I was all for it.
We’ve gotten nine boxes so far, and we love it! In fact, we enjoyed his first few boxes so much, when his little brother’s birthday rolled around, we enthusiastically requested a subscription for him, as well.
If you’re looking for non-toy gifts for the kiddos in your life, a subscription service is high on my list of ideas.
Here is my completely honest Little Passports review.
My Little Passports Review
**Note: My 6-year-old son has been getting the World Edition subscription, and my 4-year-old son has been receiving the Early Explorers. Those are the packages on which I will base my review.
What Is Little Passports?
Little Passports is a monthly subscription service that provides kids ages 3 and up with a fun way to explore the world. They offer a variety of package options for various age groups and options for both STEM and geography. They even have a small collection of toys and games.
Subscriptions can be purchased monthly or 6 or 12 months at a time, and you can cancel at any time.
What’s Awesome About Little Passports
Here’s what we love most about Little Passports:
- Non-Toy Gift
Like most parents of multiple children, we’re drowning in toys and prefer to avoid gifting them as much as possible. A couple of the Little Passports boxes have included toy-like elements, but they’re small and promote creative play, so they get a pass.
Each month’s content is filled with information and facts presented in fun and interesting ways. I love that this is a gift that is both fun and educational.
- Variety of content
There is an impressive amount of variety within and between the packages. Each month comes with fact sheets, paper activities, a hands-on activity, and a small token of that month’s theme. We’ve received things like crafts, games, stamps, felt activities, small stuffed animals, and more.
- Shakes up our “normal”
I love that many of the activities are not things I would normally do with the kids. The time we made a cactus piñata, for example. Or the month we did a mini archeological “dig” to unearth (er… unsand?) an Egyptian sarcophagus. And I appreciate that all necessary supplies are always included.
- Monthly mail
This might be the greatest source of their delight. Kids LOVE getting mail, so my kids’ Little Passports packages are the highlight of their month!
What’s Not So Awesome
Since this is my honest review, here are some things that aren’t so awesome about Little Passports:
Don’t get me wrong, the price definitely matches the value. But it’s still not a cheap gift. There are, however, different billing options, and you can cancel at any time. They also have sales pretty regularly throughout the year, so check to see what specials they’re running!
- Value varies
When it comes to the value of each box, some months are better than others. A few of the boxes have blown me away, and a few have disappointed me. On average, though, it has been a good value. I think I’ve actually been slightly more impressed with the Early Explorers boxes than the World Edition.
- A lot of “stuff”
All those papers and sheets that come in each box can pile up quickly (which translates to clutter I have to manage), so I’ve had to be pretty ruthless with the recycle bin after we’ve gone through each month.
- There are a lot of crafts
While this would probably be a “pro” for many other moms, I’m not much for crafts. HOWEVER… as I stated in the pro section, this is also a good thing because it
forcesencourages me to get outside my comfort zone. And at least all necessary supplies are included!
Little Passports Review: Bottom Line
While certainly not an inexpensive gift option, Little Passports is a fantastic non-toy gift idea that our boys have gone absolutely nuts over. They love the surprise factor, the fun activities, and the joy of getting monthly packages. And we love that it’s educational and doesn’t clutter up our house with more toys!
Little Passports is a great way to spark curiosity, fuel imagination, and nurture a love for learning. We’ve loved our experience, and we think you will, too!
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