We just tried a new subscription for kids – Junior Explorers. As my boys are both huge animal lovers, and big fans of Wild Kratts, the Junior Explorers subscription seems right up their alley. Junior Explorers is all about inspiring children to explore and learn about wildlife and nature. We are big fans of activity subscription clubs in general. My kids (I think all kids!) love receiving mail and I appreciate when a themed package full of learning and crafts that arrives on our doorstep.
Our Junior Explorers packaged arrived the other day, and we had a free afternoon (post-swim lessons and in jammies!) to try it out. My boys instantly were all over the materials in our Arctic Mission Kit. They each immediately commandeered one of the little animal toys, and did a quick inventory of what was in the package. Bennett, my 5 year old, was very methodical and went through the check list and made sure he saw each item. The Mission Kit included: Fact Sheet, Arctic Postcards, Flashcards (his favorite), Wristband and Pin, two little animals, Activity Sheet, and some cute stickers and tattoos. Designed for kids 6-11, my 3 and 5 year old had a great time learning with just a little help from me. My 3 year old, went straight for the stickers and tattoos and wanted to plaster them everywhere. And he did.
The Mission Kit includes a good amount of information in a playful way. The flashcards each described a different animal diet, weight, and included some “cool facts”. The postcards are a fun way to share their new learning with grandparents and out of state friends. The activity booklet is has some puzzles including a word search, picture search, connect the dots, and a maze.
Once the boys had worked their way through the packet, they started an imaginary game with their animals, so I let them play for a while while I snapped a few pictures. The next morning we decided to take our mission to the next level and log on.
And that is where I think Junior Explorers ROCKS. Bennett says that the online mission is “super DUPER fun!”. I manned the computer for all of us and read the instructions, but the boys did all the missions. The two characters, Kia and Kyle, are out to save some sweet baby polar bears that have been separated from their mother. Along the way, we learn all about living in the arctic, the food chain, and interesting animal facts. The mission is interspersed with fun games to keep the kids engaged. It’s really well designed and intuitive to navigate and full of tons of information. This is not a zone-out computer game, in fact, I have to say that I learned a lot from Junior Explorers, such as the differences between Arctic Foxes and Arctic Wolves and that seals have multiple breathing holes where polar bears hang out waiting for them to pop up. Patient little polar bears, and clever little seals!
Let me just add something I think is really incredible at Junior Explorers: It’s a certified B Corporation and started a program called Mission Give Back for kids to learn about conservation and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. Not only are they teaching our next generation about the challenges facing our environment, but Junior Explorers donates a percentage of its revenues to real-world conservation projects.
We are big fans over here – definitely try it out for yourself. Subscription packages like Junior Explorers make awesome gifts. The pricing starts at $19 for a 1 month mission, and you can find additional savings the longer you commit to the plan. Also be sure to check out their blog. It’s full of fun information for adults and animal facts for kids.
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Author: Candace Thomas