Whether you’re a parent of a toddler, tween or teen, you know the value of making sure your child appreciates other cultures and countries. And if you’re as much of a travel lover as we are, we know that you too love to find new thing that will help you learn about the places on your bucket list. So, we’ve rounded up a list of resources for all ages that will spark a love of the world around us.
Little Passports is a subscription-based program that delivers kits to children that focus on travel-related themes. The have them for 3 to 5 (Early Explorers), 6 to 8 (World Edition and USA Edition), and 9+ (World and USA Editions plus Science Expeditions). You can subscribe on a 6- or 12-month plan or you can have a monthly subscription (which costs slightly more). You can also buy additional items to enhance the experience (for an additional cost) such as dolls, activity games and books. Your first package brings a suitcase that’s packed with a few items such as a world map, luggage tag, stickers and activity book (the kits include different things based on the age group. Future packages include stickers (to decorate your suitcase), activity books and more.
World GeoPuzzle (ages 4+)
We’re big fans of these puzzles as the pieces are perfectly cut to represent the size of each country and offer just enough details to anyone who plays. Putting the pieces together helps encourage conversations about each country and its history. It’s a big crowd-pleaser no matter what your age. The company offers the world edition but it also makes a United States and Canada puzzle, a Europe one, an Asia one, as well as Africa and Latin America. You can buy the entire set here. Or you can buy each version separately.
GeoBingo is from the same company above that creates the GeoPuzzle and it makes the list for helping kids learn the shapes and names of different countries in a very fun way. This is for anyone 4+ years old.
Smart World Globe
This globe goes way beyond any you might have had as a child! It is an illuminated globe that features augmented reality technology. Wave your phone over the globe and see and hear dinosaurs, landmarks and climates in the world. The Wikipedia function lets you learn about over 195 countries. Turn it on at night and you’ll see and learn about constellations.
This is a computer game that you can play on PC, MAC, Playstation 4, Xbox One and more. It’s a turn-based strategy game where you are a leader of a civilization of your choice. You start early in time (think caveman days) and progress your civilization through wars, natural disasters, barbarians and other challenges along with technological advances, building World Wonders, and of course lots of gold. Along the way, players learn about the different countries and their contributions throughout history. They learn about how to be diplomatic, how to negotiate and how to lead the right way. A famous tagline of the franchise is “just one more turn” and rightfully so: once you play, you’ll be hooked.
This one by Waypoint Wanderers is a great gift to buy a fellow traveler, newlywed couple or for yourself when you want to track where you’ve been in a visual way. You receive a map and then scratch off each place you go. They offer a United States version, a National Parks version, and a world map as well.
Atlas Coffee Club
This coffee-of-the-month club sends you authentic coffee from around the world. You’ll get coffee that you won’t find on the shelf at any store or even anywhere else online. Each month you’ll get 12 ounces of freshly-roasted coffee, flavor notes, a postcard, and brewing tips.
GlobeIn subscription service curates handcrafted items from around the world and brings them to you. You’ll discover unique and ethically-made products handmade by remote artisans around the world. The best part is that every dollar you spend equals job created and fair wages. Each curated box features beautiful items you won’t find anywhere else.
Try the World
Try the World is another subscription service that delivers authentic foods from around the world to your home in one box each month. You’ll get a curated selection of gourmet foods including ingredients to cook with, drinks, and snacks. The boxes also contain periodic tips, recipes and stories that highlight each country and its culinary culture. What makes this especially meaningful is that the items are sourced from their country of origin and they aim to work with small, family-owned companies.
We hope you enjoy these items and they help you and your family appreciate our world. And, when we’re all ready to travel again, you will be even more ready with everything you’ve experienced through these amazing items.
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