One thing I hope my son inherits from his father and I is a love of adventure and a need to see the world. I hope we can make travel a regular part of his life but since we can’t be on the road all of the time I plan to supplement his travels any other way that I can including, perhaps, through a subscription box like Junior Explorers.
Junior Explorers is a kids’ adventure subscription box for kids ages 5-12. Each month Junior Explorers sends out a new package exploring different wildlife habitats around the world. There’s a snail mail component and an online component, so it’s guaranteed to keep kids entertained for hours.
The Junior Explorers package I received to review focused on the Great Barrier Reef. I loved this since my husband and I had traveled to the Great Barrier Reef on our honeymoon, so this was a walk down memory lane! All of the materials came packed in the cute envelope above.
The first thing in the envelope was a letter explaining the mission. Kia and Kyle are the mission guides, who are more a factor in the online component.
This Activity Book wasn’t huge, but had some fun activities that would keep kids busy for awhile!
They included some fun souvenirs in the package, although I thought that 3 of the souvenirs could present a choking hazard to children so you would definitely NOT want to subscribe to Junior Explorers for kids less than 5 years of age. The fish and whale toys pictured are approximately 1 inch long each – they are tiny! Additionally, the bead slides right off of the Great Barrier Reef bracelet, presenting another choking hazard. I liked the stickers, bracelet, and pin and think they’d be items that most kids would love, but the mini toys seemed a little cheap and unnecessary. They were so small that I can’t imagine any child would play with them for long.
The package included trading cards and postcards from the Great Barrier Reef. Both items included some of the wildlife that you might expect to find near the Reef, including sea turtles, clown fish, and giant clams.
Not pictured is another information sheet about the Great Barrier Reef.
As for the online portion of Junior Explorers, there are lots of games for kids to play. I tried playing them and was terrible so I guess that I’m not the target market. 🙂 One of the coolest aspects of Junior Explorers is that kids can earn points for playing games. Once they have accumulated 100 points they can choose a conservation project they’d like to donate to and Junior Explorers will donate $1 on their behalf!
There’s a lot going on with Junior Explorers but it costs just $19 per month (+ $2 shipping). The price goes down with a pre-paid longer subscription.
Overall: I think Junior Explorers would be a really fun subscription for kids between the ages of 5-8. It combines things that many kids love: receiving a fun package in the mail, learning new things, traveling, animals and playing games online. To top it all off, kids will also learn about donating to charity and conservation efforts. That’s pretty fantastic, if you ask me! At the beginning of this review I said that I would perhaps subscribe to Junior Explorers for my son and by that I meant that I will DEFINITELY subscribe… once he’s the proper age.
Disclosure: I was provided with this item for the purpose of a review but all opinions expressed above are my own.