Educational toys disguise learning in a fun package, like paper-mache piñatas made out of pages from the Encyclopedia Britannica. Feed a kid's hunger for knowledge with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a six-month Adventurer Package subscription from Little Passports (an $83.70 value), including shipping (a $15 value; a $98.70 total value).
Little Passports teaches kids about cultures of the world with monthly parcels packed with imaginary, country-specific correspondences and has caught the attention of national media and parenting publications. Two fictional characters named Sofia and Sam send mementos and letters for children 5–10 that detail their zig-zagging journey to five different countries including Japan, Brazil, and Egypt. Every month, kids will race to the mailbox or hop on siblings shoulders to infiltrate post offices in the guise of an adult mail carrier to receive the next installment of horizon-broadening materials. The trip begins with a faux suitcase and letter from Sofia and Sam, plus a world wall map and top-secret code to access the Boarding Zone's online games and activities. Youngsters track their world travel with stickers on a passport replica, lending credence to claims that homework was misplaced by baggage handlers in Australia.