Look what arrived in the mail! Our little guy is pretty smitten with his adorable, play suitcase he got for his recent 7th birthday. But it's not JUST a suitcase. It's actually a subscription of sorts, to a vicarious worldwide adventure. In the suitcase, among other things, was a passport, a large world map, and a letter from Sam and Sofia introducing themselves. They explain that they are about to embark on a grand adventure, where they will travel to a new country each month and that they are going to send us souvenirs, activity sheets and letters about each country — that's right — each month!
Fast forward one month later: The Brazil package arrives in the mail. It includes a photo of a rare indigenous monkey, country stickers for his suitcase and for his passport, a marker for his world map, an activity sheet (hey, we learned some Portuguese, obrigado very much), and a chunk of amethyst. It also included a note from Sam and Sophia talking about their experiences in Brazil as well as a "boarding pass" for unlocking some themed online games and activities.
What a fun way to expose your little ones to culture, history and geography of countries around the world. It's educational (did you know that there are parts of Brazil that boast over 700 different species of birds) and very entertaining (we played soccer online) — not to mention super exciting to receive in the mail each month. It really is that proverbial gift that keeps on giving.
Rumor has it that next month's country is going to be in the Far East and I know a little guy who really can't wait. Who am I kidding? I can't wait!
(Images 1, 2, and 3: Jackie Boucher)