little passpports review: package arrives in the mail

I’m going a little crazy lately. Have I made that clear enough yet? Like, seriously considering ripping my hair out crazy.

Samantha came home from school the other day in full-on, in your face, non-stop energy mode. Most days, I can deal with this. But on this particular day I knew my husband would not be home to grant me a reprieve and I had spent the entire day (and the better part of the last week and a half) tending to a baby who felt like total crap.

I did not have the energy or patience to come up with an elaborate activity for her to do (the only kind she seems to accept) and I couldn’t imagine holding onto my sanity if she remained bored.

Luckily a package arrived in the mail addressed to Samantha at the absolute perfect moment. With all that has been going on lately, I had totally forgotten that Little Passports had offered to send us a trial package–and I’ve never been happier to get a package addressed to Miss Samantha.

In case you’re not familiar with Little Passports (I mentioned them in my roundup of experience gifts), it’s a subscription box service for kids that follows two characters on an adventure and teaches about geography, culture, and history in the process. Pretty cool, right?

She was a wee bit stoked.

little passpports review: package arrives in the mail

little passports review:  peek insideWhen she cracked open the box (with help from me and a pair of scissors, of course), she squealed in excitement at the little blue and green suitcase inside without a clue as to what it was. Instant. mood. changer.

Suddenly all of her energy was focused on that little box instead of bouncing off of the walls and adding to my headache.

little passports review:  contentsHere’s what was inside the box:

  • a letter from the characters that she’ll follow on their travels across the world
  • a map to track where they go
  • a passport that she’ll be able to stamp as if she’s traveled too
  • a postcard
  • stickers to decorate her suitcase
  • a boarding pass with an access code to online games
  • an activity sheet

I’m not going to lie. My initial reaction when she opened the suitcase was that’s it? A few pieces of paper in a box?  My daughter disagreed. She was thrilled to receive something in the mail and even more thrilled that it was an adventure.

Samantha opened up the map first, checking it out and showing me where we live. She read the letter with excitement, slapped those stickers on her new suitcase and then got to work on the activity sheets. She got so into it she didn’t even get to check out the computer games before it was time for dinner. But I did!

little passports review: online gamesOnce you sign up as a member online, your child can enter their special boarding pass number and gain access to games. The first box is sort of an introduction, so all of the games are about the world (in the future they will be about the different countries the characters travel to). With this box, Sam has access to a world trivia game, geography (shown above) and a world puzzle.

I kind of love that the excitement the box brings just by coming to her will quickly translate into playing games that will actually teach her something. The next time she comes home from school all hopped up on pent up energy and with nothing to do, you better believe I’m whipping out her boarding pass and steering her towards the computer.

Have you ever tried/received a subscription box? Were you as excited to get it as Samantha was?

This is not a sponsored post. We received the box for free to check it out and the post does contain some affiliate links, but we’re telling you about it because we liked it.

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Written by Jennifer Garry

Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she’s not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.