Finding ways to engage my children in global awareness, even at such young ages, is a high priority to me. I want them to be exposed to culture, and I want to expose them to compassion.
Here are a few resources to help do one or both of these things.
Little Passports (affiliate link, paid for subscriptions)
This is a monthly subscription for ages 3-12, allowing maps, activities and souvenirs to be delivered right to your mailbox! There are three options for subscriptions: Early Explorers (Ages 3-5), World Edition (Ages 5-10), and USA Edition (Ages 7-12).
Compassion Explorer Magazine (FREE!)
This free magazine connects your kids with how kids around the world live. You can download the digital version or subscribe to have it mailed!
I’ve mentioned this a few times on my blog, but I can’t mention it enough. We sponsor two boys through World Vision, both from El Salvador. One boy shares Bronson’s birthday; one boy shares Oli’s birthday. It’s been a tangible way to involve our kids in making a difference. We send and receive letters and photographs and are able to learn more about World Vision’s work in their specific communities online. For $35 a month, a sponsored child and their communities receive the help they need to sustainably move out of poverty.
I love this book of maps! There are illustrated continent maps and country maps (not all countries are included) with places, people, animals and other items of interest illustrated throughout. There’s now an activity book to go with it.
We’ve used these CDs as part of every one of our country-for-a-day celebrations! With lots of options, you can easily find music for different regions on the world. We’re fortunate enough to have many of them at our library.