Little Learning Hands is a monthly kids subscription box that contains 4-5 hands-on learning activities for art, science, math, engineering, and literacy. Your first box is an Intro World Explorers Global Kit, which includes a Little Learning Hands Passport, a scratch-off map, and a backpack. The regular boxes after that will include a country sticker, country booklet, 2 recipe cards (one savory and one sweet), 4 Table Talk cards, 3D puzzle, other life skill-building activities (arts, crafts, science, etc.), country flag, and play money. Kit costs start at $29.95 a month.
This month, we’re exploring FRANCE!
One side of the box has its tagline, “Where Little Hands Play and Little Minds Grow.”
Everything in the box is wrapped in yellow tissue paper, sealed with a sticker.
The materials were neatly stacked inside.
The information sheet lists all the items inside the kit. There are brief descriptions for each of the items as well.
Everything in our box!
Country Sticker. Every box comes with a sticker that kids can put on their World Explorers Passport from the intro box!
Table Talk Cards. To encourage family discussion, the kit included these Table Talk cards. Each card has a question that you can ask among your family members.
At the back, these cards also have fun facts where kids can learn more about the featured country.
Play Money. They also included a set of play money to familiarize the kids with the French currency.
It’s amazing that they got the details accurately.
Flag. We also received a mini replica of the flag of France! It features three vertical bands in blue, white, and red.
My daughter grabbed the flag!
She’s having fun with this box so far!
Global Booklet. Every box includes a booklet containing information about the featured country.
The booklet starts off with the things that represent France as a country!
It also shows France’s national animal which is a Gallic rooster and their national flower which is the iris.
On this part of the booklet, kids can learn basic words and numbers in French.
Another interesting feature in the booklet are well-known people from France and learn their contributions to the current society.
Just like other countries, France also has its own share of popular comic book characters. Another page shares a fun fact about the shortest recorded reign for a king in France!
Next is a brief overview of the country’s type of food and diet. The most common French food includes baguette, foie gras, and escargot.
At least 80 million people visit France every year and that makes them one of the most visited countries!
Another page lists the country’s land size and its population. Apparently, France is almost as big as Texas. Also, the country has a population of around 67 million in 2018!
Here, they present France’s beautiful landmarks! Some of the most popular ones are Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Mont St. Michel.
They also have a Disneyland in Paris, France and it’s also included in the country’s top landmarks.
Here are more trivia! We’re surprised to learn that the oldest human to ever be recorded (she lived 122 years and 164 days!) came from France.
There are also a lot of French inventions that helped improved many people’s lives, like the reading and writing system for the blind known as Braille.
The booklet also includes a word search!
Recipes. One thing that we look forward to when we travel is trying out good food. Similar to that experience, this kit included new recipes that we can try!
The first recipe is Tarte Tatin.
A brief introduction and history of the dish are found at the back.
This classic French dish has an interesting history: it is named after the French hotel Tatin, which served this dish as its signature item. More generally, tarte Tatinis a dish that caramelizes the fruit–typically apples–before baking the actual dish. It is baked upside down, then flipped before serving.
Inside, you will find the ingredients and kitchen tools needed for the recipe.
They also provided detailed instructions for the recipe. Parental involvement is advised, but the steps are generally easy.
Another recipe is Quiche Loraine!
This also has a very appetizing introduction!
Quiche is a classic French dish that can be made to meet any mood you’re in: sweet, savory, meat, cheese, seafood, vegetables, tart…anyway you want it, there’s a quiche recipe for that! This recipe is specifically for a traditional Quiche Loraine with eggs, bacon, and cheese! Bon appetit!
For this recipe, we can either use a pre-made dough or make one from scratch.
Like the first recipe, this is also divided into 3 parts: preparing the crust, preparing the filling, and then putting everything together.
Grow-A-Maze Experiment Kit. This kit contains everything we need to make a plant maze, except for the seeds that we need to plant in it.
The box includes an illustration of all the items included in the kit.
Here are all the pieces for the maze!
There is an instruction manual on how to assemble the parts, and it also includes some fun facts.
They included illustrations as well, to helps us get an idea of what each procedure should look like.
The Plant Maze experiment is explained on this page. They even have a troubleshooting guide if the plant gets stuck on a dead-end part of the maze!
There’s more than one experiment suggested here and it’s totally up to you if you want to do them all!
After carefully reading the instructions, my kids started preparing the materials for the maze.
They had no trouble removing the parts. These were easy to remove.
My kids checked the parts they have, making sure they have the complete and correct parts before proceeding to the next steps.
My kids placed the rectangular pieces on the slots. When the plant grows, it will find the correct path because of the light. My kids had so much fun on this part!
The finished maze kit is now done and ready for the next step – soil and a seed!
Eiffel Tower 3D Puzzle. This 3D puzzle of the Eiffel Tower aims to develop the logical thinking skills, strategic planning skills, and visual and spatial perception of children. It’s composed of 35 pieces.
The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 International Exhibition of Paris. The Eiffel Tower sits beside the Seine River in Paris where millions of people visit each year. When it was built, it became the world’s tallest tower (originally 300 meters or nearly 1,000 feet high!)
It kept that title until 1930 when the Chrysler Building in New York City was completed. The Eiffel Tower continues to be the symbol of Paris and one of the most recognized structures in the world.
Inside is an information booklet with a photo of the Eiffel Tower. It looks so majestic!
There’s more trivia about the popular landmark at the back.
Although there was no text that explains each step, it was pretty easy to follow because of the illustrations.
Here are all the parts of the puzzle!
My son started by removing the unnecessary parts from each piece using the tool provided in the box.
He then carefully assembled the base of the tower and tried to figure out how to attach each part to another.
He finally figured out how to attach each major part of the tower and got so excited about building it further!
Building this puzzle indeed requires a lot of focus!
Here’s a look at the finished 3D puzzle!
The base looks firm and it can handle the whole structure.
Here’s a closer look at the tower’s tip! Love the small details!
Lastly, my son grabbed the scratch map from our intro box. He searched for France and scratched its area!
There is even a part for the flags!
France is a lovely country! My kids learned a lot about the country through the booklet and also while doing the activities. Aside from French history and culture, the box even featured recipes for delicious local food. My son also enjoyed building the Eiffel Tower puzzle. The final product looks great and worthy of displaying! This subscription helps expand kids’ knowledge about the world while developing their skills at the same time, and that’s really awesome. It even makes for an awesome sibling bonding time! There’s tons of projects in each box and lots of material to do a deep dive with. We think this subscription is best for kids who are interested in touring the world while building and making!
What do you think of the Little Learning Hands box?