Apr
26
2016

Introducing our Classroom Subscription!

Little Passports has made it easy for teachers to integrate a World Edition subscription into their curriculum. We are very excited to introduce the Classroom Subscription and digital Teacher Guides!

Calling All Teachers!

Your students can explore a new country together each month with their pen pals Sam & Sofia! Discover and discuss new cultures through monthly letters, souvenirs, activity pages and more. Our engaging materials reinforce geography, reading and problem-solving skills. Plus, our digital Teacher Guides will help you integrate each month’s lesson with 10+ pages of engagement activities, bonus content, vocabulary, pop quizzes and printables.

The Classroom Subscription includes:

  • * 6-Month World Edition subscription
  • * 30 individual passports
  • * 30 individual passport sticker sets
  • * Access to 6 digital teacher guides


Click here to learn more.

Take a closer look at our subscription materials and peek inside our Teacher Guides!

World Edition Subscription

Discover a new country each month with pen pals Sam & Sofia! Packages include letters, fun souvenirs, activity sheets, stickers, photos and more, plus access to the Boarding Zone for more online games.

It’s a fun way to learn about geography and cultures around the world, right from your classroom. Learn More.

Egypt

Do your students know that the ancient Egyptian alphabet consisted of about 700 hieroglyphs? They’ll learn this and more with our Egypt Teacher Guide! Explore the ancient culture of Egypt with 9 suggested classroom activities, links to Nubian folk music, 18 new vocabulary words and more. Click here to see a sample.

France

Take a trip to France and visit Paris, where your students can build their own Eiffel Tower with marshmallows and spaghetti noodles. Not into architecture? Have your students attempt their own Impressionist drawings or paintings inspired by painters like Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro. Click here to see a sample.

Learn more about our Classroom Subscription and digital Teacher Guides here. 

Want a closer look? Read more from parents about how they use Little Passports to help their kids learn about the world!

Learn About Brazil with Little Passports!

Exploring Australia with Kids!

Traveling to Japan with Kids!

Apr
25
2016

Travel Coasters for Teacher Appreciation Day

by Andrea Mulder-Slater


Teachers work hard every day, sharing the joy of learning with our children. If you are looking for a creative way to thank them for all they do, look no further than this fun and functional craft for Teacher Appreciation Day.

Kids of all ages can easily make these coasters, which will appeal to every teacher’s sense of adventure.

Supplies:

Small to medium sized lids from yogurt, oatmeal or coffee containers
Travel magazines and/or old maps
Scissors
A pencil
Glue
An old paintbrush
A small cup of water (optional)

Step 1: Choose some travel images or map selections. These might be based on places your child’s teacher has visited or spoken about.

Step 2: Place a lid on a picture and trace with a pencil.

Step 3: Then, cut out the image.

Step 4: You may have to trim the pictures a little bit in order to get them to fit inside the lids.

Step 5: Cover the inside of each lid with glue using an old paintbrush to spread it around evenly. If you find the glue is a little thick, simply add a drop or two of water to thin it out. But don’t overdo it!

Step 6: Carefully place the pictures in the lids.

Step 7: Paint glue over top of the pictures to seal them.

Step 8: As an option, you can glue some jute rope around the inner edges of the coasters.

Voila! A customized (and useful) gift any teacher would be happy to receive.

Bonus ideas: Use images of food, pets, school supplies, or works of art to decorate your coasters.

Looking for more Teacher Appreciation Day fun? See below!

Perfect Teacher Appreciation Craft for Kids

Why Teachers Love Little Passports!

Andrea Mulder-Slater is an artist and blogger who has been involved in teaching & writing about art for 20+ years. In addition to leading art classes at the elementary, secondary & post-secondary levels, she has worked as a curriculum designer & educational consultant on various art education projects. She is the co-founder of KinderArt.com & writes The Art of Childhood blog for Erica Ehm’s Yummy Mummy Club. 

Apr
19
2016

DIY Earth Day Pinwheels!

Contributed by Brandy Nelson

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd! This year, celebrate by exploring wind power with this colorful pinwheel craft!

Pinwheels resemble wind turbines, or machines that change the energy in wind into mechanical or electrical energy. A wind turbine, like a pinwheel, has a rotor with blades that is connected to a base. When wind hits the blades, the rotor and the base turn as well. As the base turns, it is able to produce either mechanical or electrical energy. The more wind that hits the blades, the more the rotor can turn, and the more energy the wind turbine produces!

Wind power is a great topic to explore with kids on Earth Day, and can easily be demonstrated with this simple craft. These pinwheels come together fast and spin in the wind even faster! We used recycled tin cans, added 3 coats of spray paint and turned them into the perfect planters for our flowers and a way to display our Earth Day pinwheels!

DIY Pinwheels

origami paper (or use old magazines or scratch paper!)
map pins
double sided tape
scissors
pencil

Expert tip: We like using origami paper because it is white on one side and colored on the other. It gives a nice pop when folded, but any paper will work for this project.

1. Begin by folding the square diagonally. Then open and fold diagonally once more, the other direction. Cut along the fold lines, stopping 1″ from the center. 2. Place a small piece of double sided tape in the center of the paper. 3. You’ll notice you have 4 triangles. Bring the right corner of each triangle to the center. The double-sided tape will hold it secure. Overlap each corner in the center. 4. Poke a map pin through the center. 5. Place pencil behind pinwheel and push the pin into it. Do not poke all the way through. 6. You can place your pinwheels in a garden or flower box outside to watch them spin, or create your own planter pot! 7. Plant a seed and watch it grow, or use small flower starts from your local nursery. 8. Place your pot outside and watch your pinwheel spin!

How are you celebrating Earth Day this year?

Want more activities to do with the kids? See below!

DIY Tissue Paper Globe

Edible Science Experiment for Kids!

Brandy  is a California girl married to an Alaskan boy. They’ve lived all over the country, moving where the Coast Guard sends them, and are parents to 4 children (and a black lab puppy). Brandy has been surrounded by creative influences her entire life. Her biggest mentors being her mother and grandmother. When she grew up and started to have a family of her own, her desire to create blossomed as she turned each new house into a home. Her blog, gluesticksblog.com, is a collection of some of her favorite kids activities, projects, recipes, and craft tutorials.

Apr
13
2016

Edible Science Experiment for Kids!

Contributed by Amanda Shaw

Make Your Own Edible Geode!

Kids are natural scientists. From babyhood, in fact, they are always putting hypotheses to the test. “When I throw my spoon on the floor, I think Mommy will pick it up. I’ll test it!” Or, “When I get too close to the stairs, Daddy will pick me up. I’ll test it!” As they grow older, it’s no different. They are always testing and learning.

Channel that scientific curiosity by making your own geodes in a fun kitchen experiment!

What is a geode?

A geode is a round or oval-shaped rock that’s plain on the outside but lined with beautiful crystals on the inside. Ask your child to imagine how such a rock could form. After a few guesses, you can explain that geodes form in rocks that are hollow. When air gets trapped inside volcanic rock, for example, a bubble can form. Or, a hollow can be left inside rock when the remains of an animal burrow or tree roots decompose. As water moves through the bubble, crystals form and over millions of years, these crystals build upon each other.

You’re going to speed up the process and make your own geode! It will take you and your child less than a week from start to finish and each step of the experiment below takes less than ten minutes. Perfect for your little scientist’s attention span!

And in case you thought it couldn’t get any more exciting than that, let me tell you this: the geode you and your child are going to create will be edible! Oh yes, there’s chocolate involved.

Ready to start? Here’s what you’ll need:

3 cups of sugar
1 cup of water
food coloring (optional)
bowl
1 cup of flour
aluminum foil
white chocolate chips
milk or dark chocolate chips
sandwich cookies (like Oreo)

How to Make an Edible Geode

1. First, you need to make a supersaturated sugar solution. Mix three cups of sugar and one cup of water in a pan. At room temperature, that quantity of sugar will not dissolve in that quantity of water. But when you bring it to a boil for several minutes, stirring continuously, the sugar will dissolve. That’s your supersaturated solution. You can check if the solution is ready by bringing up a spoonful. If you can still see little bits of sugar floating around in it, it’s not ready. When the liquid is completely clear, you’re ready to go. At this point, you can add food coloring if you want a colored geode.

2. Next, take a medium-sized bowl and fill it halfway with flour. Take a large sheet of aluminum foil and shape it in the bowl, folding the edges of the foil over the edges of the bowl. Give it an irregular shape to make it look more like a rock, but not so many points and crevices that it will be difficult to peel the foil off later. Pour your supersaturated sugar solution into the bowl, cover it with another sheet of foil and let it sit on your counter for a couple days. 3. After two or three days, uncover the bowl and lift the foil out of the bowl. Pour the excess solution into another bowl and then carefully peel the aluminum foil off the rock candy crystals that have formed. Set this hardened candy bowl upside down on a paper towel and let it dry for another day.

4. Melt some white chocolate chips. You can do this in a double boiler on the stove or in the microwave, being careful to stir every fifteen seconds. Set your geode upside down on top of a glass and pour the chocolate over the top, using a spoon to spread it down over the edges. Let the chocolate harden a bit.

5. Next, melt the (milk or dark) chocolate chips. Pour this chocolate over the white chocolate, using a spoon to spread it down over the edges. Put a couple chocolate sandwich cookies into a bag and crush them. Sprinkle the crumbs over the chocolate before it sets to create a rough, rocky look. Let set and that’s it!

Now, you may enjoy your beautiful (and tasty) geode!

We hope you enjoy your edible experiment! We’d love to know what other kid-friendly science experiments you have done with your kids. Share in the comments below.

Looking for more activities to do with the kiddos? See below!

DIY Map Crafts for Kids!

Northern Lights Activity for Kids!

Amanda Shaw home-schools her three spirited children and blogs about their adventures at ALifeWorthLearning.com.

 

Mar
31
2016

April Fools’ Day Cancelled!

The Little Passports Team would like to officially inform you that April Fools’ Day will no longer be observed around the world. The top leaders of the world have gathered, discussed and decided the holiday is “frivolous and confusing” and internationally disbanded all Fools’ Day shenanigans.

However, this won’t keep us from sharing our favorite Fools’ Day traditions of the past!

America and Abroad
In America, April 1st is a day known for tricking people in the name of fun. While other countries have similar holidays, not all of them are celebrated on April 1st. Read our list below for some fool-ish international traditions!

Italy

Romans celebrate a holiday called “Hilaria” on March 25th. Also called “Roman Laughing Day,” this holiday boasts games, masquerades, and, of course, delicious Italian food.

India


Holi isn’t a holiday for fools–it’s a holiday for renewing relationships–but the main day is celebrated by people throwing colored powder on each other. This color-fight helps Holi make our list of skulduggery.

France


April Fools’ Day is called “Poisson d’Avril” in France, literally translating to “April’s fish.” French tricksters try to attach paper fish to the backs of their friends without being noticed.

Iran


On the 13th day of the Persian new year (which falls on April 1st or 2nd) Iranians spend the day outside to “get rid of the number 13.” This day is called Sizdah Bedar and is an old tradition full of laughter and the occasional light-hearted prank.

Scotland


In Scotland, “gowk” is a word for a “cuckoo” or “foolish person.” April Fools’ Day used to be called Hunt-the-Gowk Day (though the name isn’t as common today). People would trick their friends into delivering “important” letters with hidden jokes written inside. Today, a variety of friendly pranks are pulled on friends and neighbors.

PS- FINE, April Fools’ Day might not have actually been cancelled… Happy April Fools’ Day!

Want to know more about different traditions around the world? See below! 

Back to School Traditions Around the World!

Learn About Feasts from Around the World