Monday, December 30, 2013

Little Passports New Years Eve Traditions Around The World

Little Passports New Years Eve Traditions Around The World

5, 4, 3, 2, 1...Happy New Year! As people in the United States start the new year with fireworks, parades, and resolutions, people around the world are also doing everything they can to welcome 2014. Join Sam and Sofia of
Little Passports as they visit friends in other countries to see how they start the year!

Are you looking for travel and adventure? In Colombia, they say that if you grab your suitcase and run around the entire block as fast as you can at exactly midnight on New Year’s Eve, you will get to travel in the new year. Sam and Sofia love joining their Colombian friends to participate in this tradition—they are always looking for their next adventure!

Sam and Sofia join their friends in Greece to celebrate New Year's and St. Basil’s Day on January 1st. The Greeks start the year off with a fun-filled day of food, festivities, as well as time with family and friends. One favorite way to celebrate is eating the Vasilopita or St Basil's cake, which is similar to a pound cake and is baked with a silver or gold coin inside. Whoever finds the coin in their slice of cake will have a very lucky year!

When it’s cold outside, you might want to slurp down a giant bowl of steaming-hot noodles! But for the new year, not just any bowl of noodles will do.
Little Passports always enjoys joining their Japanese friends to eat “long-life” noodles. Imagine a dish piled high with long, winding, uncut noodles! Many Japanese believe that eating these long noodles will bring health and longevity. What a yummy way for Sam and Sofia to start the new year!

Do you pay attention to who enters your house first on New Year’s Day? In Scotland, on January 1st, people keep a close eye on the door because whoever enters first determines the family’s luck the next year. According to tradition, the “first-foot” must bring gifts—such as coal to wish others’ warmth and shortbread to wish everyone full bellies throughout the year. When Sam and Sofia visit their friends in Scotland on New Year’s Day, they always bring gifts!

Little Passports into your child's life in 2014 to teach them about all of the fascinating cultures around the world!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Kids New Year's Activity

Every year, I have my kids reflect on the past year, This includes things they learned in our school studies, life lessons, fun activities, hobbies, favorite movies, favorite foods, etc. Here's a few things that can help you compile your list.

Childs Name:
Favorite Food: Pizza 
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Fruit: Stawberries
Favorite Movie: Odd Life of Timothy Green
Runner Ups: Frozen, Little Mermaid
Favorite Book: Ivy and Bean Series
2013 Christmas Gifts: American Girl Doll, Clothes for her American Girl Doll, Crochet booties for AG Doll, AG Doll Meatloaf and Chocolate Chip dogs, Tracing Tablet, Bracelet Charm, Nerf Rebelle  Bow.
  • Loves crafts
  • Favorite Christmas present is her American Girl Doll
  • Still loves to write and illustrate mini story books
  • Has recently started to expand on her drawing skills by copying drawings from photos on the internet
  • Knows how to count by 2's, 5's, and 10's to the 100's
  • Knows how to count even and odd numbers forward and backward to 300
  • Has learned how to tell time and count money
  • Introduced American History this year and loves Native American history
  • Has a strong interest and talent in lyrical dancing
  • Has developed her voice in singing and has sung in front of larger groups. Sang in front of 21 family and relatives on Christmas Eve. 
Once you have that typed out and printed, you can either put it into a small box along with ticket stubs and other mementos from the year. Save the box and open it at the end of next year to see what's changed. Another great way to save their info is to roll it up and tie a nice ribbon around the roll. Then drop it into an empty transparent ornament that you can then decorate with the year.

I also have a pdf of something your kids can complete on their own.

Monday, December 16, 2013

15% off Holiday Sale at Little Passports

Just a friendly reminder that the Little Passports holiday sale for 15% off all subscriptions will end on 12/17! Read on for details on how you can earn an extra $5 by using our pre written post below! The content is ready to go with your affiliate links embedded. Lets make this holiday season a huge success!

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Little Passports is offering 15% off all of their subscriptions, which means you can buy a 1 year subscription and save almost $20! If you place an order before December 17th, you qualify for holiday delivery, meaning you can have your first package arrive by December 24th or before! (Hello stocking stuffer!!) This offer also applies to the monthly and 6 month subscriptions so you can choose whatever option you want and get this great deal when you use this code at checkout: MERRY15

In case you don't already know what
Little Passports is, let me give you the highlights:
-Monthly subscription kit for your children that teaches them (and sometimes us parents) about new states and countries around our world
-Your child gets their own faux passport to update with stickers included each month so they get to remember all of their "trips around the world"
-Wonderful activity sheets that keep kids stimulated for hours and a beautiful world map to help them visualize everything they are learning about!

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