Travis took an extended pause from opening Little Passports packages when life got a bit busy, but this month we dove back into it. It was incredible to see the difference in his ability to tackle booklet activities as a second grader rather than a first grader. Here’s our unboxing review of the final 5 packages from his World Passport subscription:
Travis loved following a code to learn about the Polish alphabet (which has more letters than ours!), but a color-by-symbol in the booklet was so tough even my grown-up eyes went a little cross-eyed.
The souvenir in this kit, on the other hand, was a big hit: Polish sticker art. Follow the pattern to create a double layer of beautiful folk art. We also cooked potato pancakes!
The booklet included great information on everything from the mythical (a Trojan Horse dot-to-dot) to sightseeing in Istanbul (a great activity for telling time), to spotting patterns in Turkish tiles. The souvenir was a memory card game, featuring images of Turkish items like spices from the Bazaar, Turkish delight candies, or the Hagia Sophia.
Finally, we cooked Turkish hummus.
Travis was great at shading in one of Michelangelo’s sculptures using an alphabet code. Gelato mazes and pasta word searches on the other hand, were a bit tricky for him.
The souvenir was a 3-D puzzle of the Rialto Bridge which even had a mini gondola. This was tricky even for grown-up hands to put together, but had us laughing! Don’t forget to cook marinara sauce!
For the land of ice, the booklet included a fun “fishing voyage” that taught kids to read a map, as well as word puzzles about Icelandic holidays. The big hit was the souvenir, a northern lights art kit. Travis used pastels on the provided black paper, then smudged with a sponge for a neat aurora borealis effect.
Then we cooked Cocoa Soup. Chocolate for dinner? Yes, please!
Oh Canada, our final stop! This booklet seemed particularly tricky including hockey score mazes and a spot-the-difference image.
We made cookies sweetened with maple syrup, of course. The souvenir was a wooden moose 3-D puzzle.
For all of the above countries, we checked out photos online and listened to phrases in each language. There’s so much more you can do for a deep dive; perhaps check out a book on each country from your local library, or watch a kids’ movie in the native language. What country would your child want to visit most? Please share in the comments!