If you’d like a fun and exciting way to help teach your children a little bit about the world around them, Little Passports will take them on a marvellous adventure of learning geography, history, culture and language by using your letterbox!
Each month your child will receive their own mail, featuring Sofia and Sam as they travel to different countries on their magic scooter. The letters are packed with fun and unique souvenirs, secret access codes to online games and inspiring activities from all around the world.
Litte Passports is aimed at children aged between 5 - 10 years of age.
The Starter Kit Includes:
Countries available for exploration through Little Passports include:
Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, England, France, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand and Turkey.
Little Passports is a San Francisco-based company which was founded by two moms with a passion for teaching their children geography, history, culture, languages and more, in fun and inspiring ways. Investors in Little Passports are Adam Ring, Allen Morgan, Angels Forum and Chamath Palihapitiya. The company was founded in 2009.
Here is what Little Passports customers and followers have been saying about them:
We received our starter kit for my son about two weeks ago, and we have been having so much fun playing with it! It comes in a really cute suitcase, and your child can put his or her name on the case. The starter kit also comes with a picture of Sofia and Sam on their magic scooter, a letter from Sam — addressed to your child by name — which explains the story behind the magical scooter and the first set of stickers to put on the suitcase. The attention to detail is fabulous, and you will find your access code to the online Boarding Zone on the boarding pass that you can attach to the suitcase. So cute.
You will also get a great world map — we hung ours up in Jack’s room — that is bright and colorful and has a picture of Sofia and Sam on it so your kids remember all of the fun places they’ve learned about through their new friends. Your kids will be asked great questions like, “Is Brazil to the north, south, east or west of the USA?” It’s a great way to make learning geography fun!
Little Passports is a unique way to teach your children about geography, history, culture, and language. All kids like to receive stuff in the mail. Little Passports is a monthly subscription program which allows your children to do just that. The first month is super exciting! A suitcase arrives filled with stickers, a luggage tag, a cool map, and a letter from their new "friends", Sam and Sofia. There is also a World Traveler Passport that the kids will be able to stamp each month as they virtually travel around the world.
Each month, your child will receive different souvenirs from the country about which they are learning. They will also receive special codes which allow them to play geography games on the Little Passports website. These games change monthly. Learning geography and culture on the computer is a fun way to fit these subjects into your child's day.
The recommended age range for Little Passports is 5 to 10 years old. My boys are 9 and 10 1/2 and they enjoyed what Little Passports had to offer. We give the program a thumbs up.
We got our Japan packet today and it has definitely been the favorite! My son could tell immediately from the package that it was from "Little Passports." All the "toys" were a big hit and he likes the origami the best — he's already made the plane and the dog! So I had to tell you how much we've enjoyed this mailing!
Milli, mother of 6-year-old son.
The CD is fantastic!!! This month's letter is terrific as well! Our social studies curriculum covers each of the 7 continents and thus far the Little Passports materials seem like a terrific match for my classroom instruction!
Amy, mother or 9-year-old son & 1st grade teacher
My son immediately rips open the Little Passports packages when they arrive in the mail. Maps, toys, the letter tumble onto the table, and he excitedly sorts through his treasures while I read the letter with him. He wants to know what the characters are going to do next, and I'm happy to say that Little Passports always comes through with fun and heart-warming vignettes. As we try to reduce the "stuff" in our lives, I think sending our friends around the world with Little Passports is going to be a winner on our holiday gift list this year.
Lori, mother of 7-year-old son
Whilst Little Passports has yet to achieve BBB accreditation to date, they have been mentioned in many major media outlets and have acheived several awards. They are an iParenting Media award winner and they also come recommended by Parents Choice organisation.
Here are some comments from the media:
The Chicago Tribune said: Little Passports Takes Kids Around the World
Global citizenship takes a spin in the fun zone with Little Passports, a monthly subscription program that is designed to introduce children ages 5 to 10 to countries around the world.
Little Passports featured on NBC's School Pride : It was part of the renovation and transformation of Kingston Springs Elementary School in Tennessee. Little Passports donated year-long Little Passports subscriptions for Kingston kindergarteners.
KTLA said: Listen to what some of our globetrotting friends are learning from Little Passports!
Little Passports has a global Alexa ranking of 454,199 and a US ranking of 107,755. Visitors to the site spend around 2 minutes on average and 76% of its audience is from the US. It has a Google Page Rank of 5 and compete.com estimates that it has 3,609 unique visits per month. Its ranking (By UVS) is 363,999.
Little Passports has a good social media following. It has been liked by over 16,000 visitors on its Facebook page, with some great competitions and holiday pictures for their followers to browse through. It has nearly 4,000 followers on Twitter, helping to keep their customers up-to-date with the latest adventures of Sam and Sophia and an incredible Pinterest page with some amazing pins from each corner of the globe.
Little Passports uses a secure connection and the world recognised 'padlock' when taking payment information and personal details. It encrypts all sensitive information with the help of SSL technology through GeoTrust who provide 256 bit encryption, offering the highest level of security available.
Google Safebrowsing states that the company is not suspicious and has not hosted any malicious software.
Little Passportsoffers several packages for its subscribers to choose from:
3 Month Subscription costs $13.95 per month and you will receive 2 adventure filled countries (one-time payment of $41.85)
6 Month Subscription costs $13.95 per month for 5 adventure filled countries (one-time payment of $83.70
12 Month Subscription costs $10.95 per month for 11 countries (one-time payment of $131.40)
A monthly subscription costs $11.95 for 23 countries (billed monthly, customers can cancel at anytime)
Little Passports is priced competitively in the market. It's only real competition comes from 'Top Secret Adventures' which work out slightly more expensive at $13.95 per issue (of course this depends on which subscription package you choose above) and the shipping charges from Top Secret Adventure are priced at $3.45 per month.
Unfortunately, Little Passports can currently only ship to the United States and Canada. The initial shipping costs for a monthly susbcription package are approximately $2.00, but please bear in mind that California and Arizona residents are subject to sales tax on the total. Recurring shipping costs in the subscription package can be up to $4.00. Standard shipping is the only option available from Little Passports.
Unfortunately, Little Passports does not accept PayPal and if you wish to pay online you will need to have one of the three following credit cards handy: Visa, American Express or Mastercard. If you have a debit card displaying any of the aforementioned symbols, it can be used in much the same way providing you have adequate funds in your account. Little passports does not accept personal checks.
Little Passports will allow you to cancel your subscription at any time if you have purchased the Jetsetter Package, which is billed on a monthly basis. If you email them on firstname.lastname@example.org, they will endeavour to cancel your subscription but they do require a minimum period of 30 days notice.
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