How are we already halfway through May? For some reason I thought with quarantine I might actually have some more time to spend on my blog. I had high hopes of increasing my posts to twice per week and sharing all the things we are doing around the house. Well it turns out taking care of a pre-schooler and toddler, trying to work while they are home and Dan is at work, and all the projects have left me very little extra time. So I am sorry for the silence, but I did want to hop on and share a fun activity we have been doing over the past couple of weeks that Aiden has been loving related to travel with Little Passports.
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Aiden is a fairly well-traveled little kid. We usually take 1-2 trips per year plus lots of car rides up the East Coast to my home state — Rhode Island. He keeps asking us when we will go back to Legoland, San Diego, or San Antonio (our most recent adventures) so I know he misses our travels.
Little Passports: At Home Activities for Kids During Quarantine
If you have been around for a while you have probably heard me mention Little Passports. Aiden received an Early Explorers gift subscription from his grandmother when he was three and we LOVE it so much that when she asked about renewing we were thrilled. I have to tell you these monthly activities have been perfect for filling the travel void Aiden has been feeling. Each month explores a new world theme (ie; music, food, oceans, and landmarks).
We have a bit of a backlog of Little Passport packages from pre-quarantine times so I decided to structure one day a week around travel and specifically a place or country. Each of our recent Little Passport Early Explorer books includes a recipe and an activity so it’s a great way to extend the learning beyond just the activity book and projects that come each month. I also found lots of resources on the Little Passports Blog. This post on World Edition printables was particularly helpful.
I can’t take complete credit for this idea. I am a big fan of Mandy over the Momma Society blog and she has been posting on Instagram about a fun travel-related activity they have been doing where they pick a country and do activities all week related to that country. I, sadly, cannot commit to a full week, but I love the concept so I decided to combine our Little Passport subscription with some of her ideas to do “travel days” with Aiden.
Our first location was Mexico. I printed out these plane tickets from Barley & Birch which Aiden got a kick out of. The only issue was that, at first, he thought we were actually going on a plane so be sure to manage expectations if your little one likes to fly!
We worked on the “Passport to Foods Around the World” book. I was inspired by a Mexican Fiesta coloring page with components of Mexican food. (Note: I plan to use this workbook for each of our travel days because food is such a great way to get the feel of a culture and immerse yourself.) After learning about all the yummy foods and finishing the activity book we went back to focus on Mexico. We talked about where it is on the map and where it is related to our location. I helped Aiden complete a connect the dots printable I found on the Little Passport blog about El Castillo (stands in the center of Chichén Itzá, an ancient city where the Maya people lived from 750 to 1200) — see, even I am learning from this 😆
We colored this flag of Mexico and added it to our dining room wall (hint: there is a flag for all of the countries listed on the Little Passports blog post I keep referencing). For every country, we learn about we plan to color the flag and add it with the others to create a garland.
I strategically planned travel day for when I had a conference call while Dan wasn’t home and I put on Disney’s Coco — a movie about Dia De Los Muertos.
For dinner we had tacos and Aiden helped make this Aztec Guacamole recipe we got from the Little Passports Blog.
Finally, our bedtime story was Dia De Los Muertos, about the Day of the Dead tradition in Mexico.
I felt like this at home activity was fairly easy to pull together and didn’t take a lot of time, but it was a nice change of pace for everyone in the house. You could easily do this without the Little Passports subscription; although, I recommend it because the workbooks keep Aiden busy for a solid 45-minutes to 1-hour.
You can get the Little Passports Early Explorers subscription online here. They are running a promotion for the first month FREE of any 6 or 12-month subscription with code FIRSTMONTH.
If you try a travel day with your preschooler I would love to hear how it goes in the comments!
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