Junior explorer subscription kit (with Giveaway!)

There are many subscription kits out there for preschoolers these days, but we recently came across one that I think is perfect for those aged 6-9!

It’s called Junior Explorers, and the learning themes focus on wildlife, nature and the environment. It combines a physical learning kit with online activities, and interestingly incorporates a social enterprise angle, where kids can give back to real-life charities with the ‘credits’ earned through their adventures online.

Mission Artic (Kit #1)

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K was thrilled as usual to receive something addressed to herself, through snail mail. When she opened the envelope, it was chock full of learning materials! I was particularly impressed with the quality of the materials, including a full-colour activity booklet, animal info-cards as well as removable tattoos.

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In every Junior Explorer Kit, there is a wristband and pin to collect (this kit came with cute tiny Artic animals too – we received a polar bear and seal – see if you can spot them). There were a set of postcards featuring the Artic and Artic animals, so K immediately got down to work writing a post card to her good friend in Perth. We’ve mailed it!

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Every kit also incorporates a different online experience every month. Kids log on to the site with their unique username and password, key in their “mission code” and accompany characters Kia and Kyle as they visit the ecosystem featured that month. They also solve mysteries in nature and in so doing, get acquainted with interesting animals and learn key characteristics of that particular ecosystem.

7 year old K really enjoyed going online, creating her own avatar, as well as exploring all the various games and activities. The site is intuitive enough for her to navigate independently too. My favourite aspect of the online journey is the segment towards the end called Mission Giveback (top right photo in collage below). After participating in Mission Games, kids earn credits which they can place in their Eco Wallet, and choose actual NGOs such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to give to. The company which runs Junior Explorers is also a social enterprise, and turns these credits into real world money donations. How cool is that?

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Mission Biomes (Kit #2)

Kit #2 arrived in a trunk!

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I found myself learning alongside my kids, since I had to find out the meaning of “Biomes”, which was this kit’s theme. For the record, it refers to “a large naturally occurring community of flora and fauna occupying a major habitat”, and this kit introduced us to major types of biomes, such as tundras, forests, grasslands, and deserts.

imageThe physical kit this time was slightly different – comprising a giant wall poster (which we have since put up), as well as a water bottle (very practical), which is why it came in a cardboard box (trunk) instead of an envelope.

My favourite component of this kit was the Field Guide, with loads of information on the various Biomes of the world.
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Subscription packages

Here are the subscription rates for various durations – I like the fact that there are so many options, even allowing you to subscribe for just one month to see if your child enjoys it, before committing to a longer term subscription.

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DISCOUNT CODE

Go right ahead and make a subscription to start receiving your kits now! Enter LBB10 for a 10% discount on all subscriptions.

 

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Junior Explorers is generously giving away a 3-month subscription (worth more than S$65) to FOUR winners residing in Singapore!

To enter, complete all the steps below:

  1. Like Junior Explorers’ Facebook Page and LilBlueBottle’s Facebook Page
  2. Like this Facebook post, and leave a comment there with:
    a) your email address;
    b) tag 3 friends; and
    c) tell us why you would like to win this subscription.

The giveaway ends on 2359 hrs on Tues 8 Dec 2015, and winners will be informed via email. The usual terms and conditions apply. All the best!

 

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Congratulations to Huang Hui Fen, Tan Ying Ling, Jamie Chan and Jazry Chan on winning this giveaway!

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Note: We are receiving a complimentary  subscription for the purpose of reviews.

 

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