Sunday, May 22, 2011

Little Pretend Passports

Some deals are too good not to share... especially with those of you who have kids between the ages of 5-10.

Every week, we spend some time reading a book in one of the FIAR volumes. Whether it's a US state or a different country, we use our pretend passports every week. We even use it along with Little Passports. They do have their own passport, which includes a new sticker stamp for the country of that months shipment. However, Little Passports comes with only one passport and I have three kids that want their own passport. So I decided to make our own passports to use along with FIAR and Little Passports.

For each country or state we "visit" in our FIAR studies, we stamp our passport. We glue down a flag of the country or state and a passport stamp with the date we traveled to that country.

I highly recommend purchasing card stock for the cover Wausau Paper Index Card Stock
Unfortunately my 2 year old got a hold of them and wrote all over them... so I want to make them again for this year. Here's the photos of my sons before she marked them up.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8DXtKMCpTZoZ0VhWFVuOXRwbUE/edit?usp=sharing
 
(includes covers, and photo page below)


 
to be able to type in and customize the passport page .
 

Editable Passport Stamps Coming Soon!
 
Country Flags Coming Soon!


For more colorful stamps like the ones below, go to Shutterstock...


I use the passports we made along with Little Passports. Little Passports is a fun Geography kit that also uses pretend passports. I received the first months shipment and it was such a delight for me and the kids. It's such a fun way for the kids to learn more about World Geography. Little Passports is a monthly subsciption service that introduces kids to a new country every month.

As each country is visited, your child will receive a personalized package via postal mail that includes an adventure letter (each letter will learn about what it’s like to live in Japan, Brazil, and other locales) fun souvenirs, activities and access to Little Passport’s online Boarding Zone full of games and activities. The souvenirs and stickers are such a fun treat for the kids, such as an amethyst gemstone from Brazil, an origami kit from Japan. In addition the kids receive stamps for their passport and stickers to stick on the outside of their suitcase! Oh! and you get a world map too!

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This was the very first shipment, which included everything to get started on the world journey... a nice map of the world, a passport to mark off which countries Sam and Sofia have visited (only one passport is supplied... you can make your own using tutorial above), a photo of Sam and Sofia in their garage, a boarding pass which has a secret code you need to go online for more learning adventures, an activity sheet and a letter from Sam introducing himself and Sofia and letting your kids know they will be receiving more from their visits around the world.




After the first shipment, the remaining shipments will include little thumbtack stickers to place on the world map to show the country Sam and Sofia are visiting. Included will also be a glossy 4x6 photo that has to do with that particular country, souvenir(s), learning/activity page on that country, passport sticker of that country's flag to place in passport, boarding pass with a secret code to the Little Passports website for activities and games, a travel sticker to place on the luggage, and a nice letter from Sam and Sofia telling you about their visit in that particular country.

When the kids first opened the package, they loved the little blue suitcase! It's a nice size for their little hands and very easy to open and close.


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They opened up the suitcase and were delighted.
Here's what was inside:


My favorite part is the map. The size is perfect, about 3 ft wide.

Little Passports has a variety of subscription offers and you can cancel anytime.
It's pretty affordable, even if you pay by month.

As a homeschooling parent, I find that Little Passports can be a great supplement to our Geography lessons. This is obviously not a complete geography lesson, but Sam and Sofia make it fun to explore the countries further.

I can't wait to try out the Little Passports USA Edition for 7-12 year olds! :)

 

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