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I received a Junior Explorers sample kit for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.
I received the Junior Explorer Mission Arctic for my six-year-old animal loving daughter and she is in love. Junior Explorer is a first-of-its-kind program for kids 5-11 that that kids can receive monthly in the mail. The mission comes in a cute envelope for the kids with the mission logo and code on the front. The kit is filled with activities, games, and cool collectibles such as animal fact cards and information on the climate they are going to learn about on their mission.
For first timers, the Mission Check List was a great guide line on how to get through all the information and keep kids interested in the mission. The included secret code is used to unlock the monthly online game. Kids complete ‘missions’ to explore different ecosystems and different animals every month! Each mission includes both offline and online components. My daughter was instantly hooked. Getting logged on to the game and started up was easy and my daughter got to pick her own explorer.
Then she joined up with Junior Explorers Kia and Kyle in solving a mystery about our planet. In our mission, we were looking for a lost polar bear mother. The mission was a fun combination of information, pictures, and games. The real life photographs were easily my daughter’s favorite part. We had never discussed the sky and how the seasons change in the Arctic so having the real pictures helped her see what was going on and the explanations were simple enough for her to understand. After every few animal and nature explanations, it was nice for her to have a little game to play. The funny thing was she was rushing through games to get back to her mission and find the polar bear.
The fact cards that are collected along the mission are great ways for kids to keep track of what animals they have learned about. At the end of our mission, we learned that the points we had earned are turned into real donations to nonprofits such as the WWF and the Nature Conservancy. My daughter was able to select how many of her points were to be donated to each charity. It is always nice for kids to have an opportunity to give back.
Junior Explorers is excellent for children who love animals and enjoy learning about different parts of the world. My daughter was into the mission the whole time, wanting to learn more about the Arctic. The games and website are easy to use and my daughter is enjoying learning. Junior Explorers is an amazing program we are excited about continuing!
- Visit JuniorExplorers.com to learn more about the “Missions”. Prices start at $19 per month.
- UPDATE 7/2017 – While Junior Explorers is no longer available, you can check out our Little Passports Reviews!
Disclosure: I received a Junior Explorers sample kit for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.