Just a few years ago, everything for homeschoolers began to arrive in a box.
You could get crafts in a box, geography in a box, history in a box, preschool in a box, and more! They’d arrive in the mail once every month, and voila: something easy and educational to do that day with the kiddos, leaving you feeling like a homeschool parent champ.
Of all the monthly boxes/subscriptions we tried over the years, Little Passports ended up being our favorite. (Those of you who have read Give Your Child the World probably won’t find that too surprising!)
Each month we traveled–via mail–to a different country. I loved that these packages weren’t overwhelming. They didn’t force me to spend hours preparing anything; they contained just enough to help us learn and to keep it fun for both the kids and me.
Over the years we visited more than two dozen new lands. But then something sad happened.
My children kept growing up.
And they slowly aged out of all these cool monthly boxes–Little Passports as well. After all, most monthly subscriptions are geared toward elementary aged kids.
So when I found out that LP had developed a new Science Expeditions subscription for older kids and tweens, I couldn’t wait to give it a try.
You guys should know that at this point in Simple Homeschool’s life I receive about ten promotional opportunities each day. (My favorite laugh-out-loud one to date was from someone offering to pay me to write about beef jerky. Yes, beef jerky.)
I say “no” to over 90% of these, so when I say “yes,” you can trust that I believe it’s a fit for this blog, you as readers, and my family, too. Authenticity is my biggest guiding value when I promote anything.
I knew that from our wonderful experience with Little Passports in the past, this new offering would be worth taking a peek at. And I was right!
Here’s an overview:
“Little Passports’ Science Expeditions packages include hands-on activities that encourage interdisciplinary thinking — widely thought of as STEAM — which includes science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Every month, your child will receive a package full of science experiments related to themes like rockets, forensic science, vision, caves and crystals, northern lights and magnetism, hydrology, and so on.
Recommended for ages 9 and up, each month of the Little Passports Science Expeditions subscription includes:
- Hands on-science experiments (instructions and supplies)
- A 16-page comic book with glossary and bonus activities
- A new mystery to solve with Sam and Sofia
- Achievement badges for each monthly theme
- Access to bonus online videos and science content
- Science case bag & lab notebook (arrive with your first package)”
The biggest complaint I’ve had with science kits in the past is that the experiments are too complicated, requiring too many components that we may or may not have on hand. And after attempting an entire experiment, it can be such a bummer when they don’t turn out the way they’re supposed to.
(This has happened A LOT over the years, yet I’m not bitter. Grrrrr.)
But the experiment we tried from LP’s Forensic Science box completely won me over–you guys?! We made DNA! Like that we could physically see! The process was so simple and the results left the kids and me completely in awe.
The graphic novel style comic book included in our package was also a perfect fit for the older elementary/tween age group, featuring a mystery that characters Sam and Sofia have to use science to solve.
I also appreciated the note reminding kids to keep all the box’s supplies, as they will be used again in upcoming months, helping to cut down on waste.
Are grandparents or other relatives asking what to give your kiddos this year for the holidays?
Any of the Little Passports subscriptions would make an excellent educational pick that keeps giving all year round.
The choices go from preschool up to tween:
It’s the PERFECT time to try out Little Passports–head here to see their current special offers!
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