Junior Explorers is a newer kid’s subscription box that includes both physical materials and interactive online content. I recently had a chance to review their Welcome Kit and have now moved on to the actual missions. This month we’re exploring the Arctic!
Junior Explorers is a fun, educational subscription box for kids 6 to 11 that allows them to explore the natural world. They’ll learn about wildlife and ecosystems, as well as the importance of protecting them.
Your child will embark on a new “mission” each month, which is comprised of both physical materials as well as exclusive online content. The mailed portion includes collectibles, activities, animal facts, and more. They’ll also receive a password to access the online portion of their mission. This will allow them to play games, solve mysteries, and even earn rewards.
What’s really neat about Junior Explorers is what they refer to as “Mission Giveback”. As your child earns points online, they’re converted to dollars and at the end of every mission kids get to choose which nonprofits (such as World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy) receive their donation. I love that!
Subscriptions are $19/month (plus $2 shipping), or less with multi-month commitments. (Look for an exclusive 50% off coupon code at the end of this post!)
Come on! We’re going to the Arctic!
Everything required for the mission was tucked inside of this large envelope. The code needed for the online portion was also printed on it, as well as on a letter inside…
…which happens to be right here. This month’s mission is to find a missing mother polar bear who left her poor cubs alone. Bad bear! A collectible pin, wristband, and mini arctic animals were also included.
A checklist highlighted everything inside this month’s packet, along with how it’s all to be used.
Arctic Postcards were included for your child to share their “journey” with friends. Each one included a fun fact about the Arctic landscape or one of the animals who dwells there.
A colorful fact sheet and handy flashcards provide more great facts and background information about the region.
A Junior Explorers activity book (which was really more of an activity sheet) featured fun, Arctic-themed games.
I somehow forgot to snap a pic of the sticker sheet (used to further decorate your trunk from the welcome kit), but you can see them in the lead photo.
Onto the online portion of the mission!
The mission begins! We need to help Akycha find the mama polar bear ASAP!
Oh look — there she is! That was easy… Kidding. That’s totally not her. Whenever an animal is referenced or spotted during the mission, an interactive photo of that animal is shown to help you learn more about them.
A map allows you to move back and forth to different locations throughout the mission.
There were 5 different games to play on your journey, including this one that involved moving ice blocks to allow a seal to reach the ice hole.
Eventually mama bear was found and all was well in the Arctic.
I got to choose which organization to donate my points to. (I gave half to each.)
I did it! I did it!
After the mission is complete, you’re able to go back and replay any of the games you’d like.
I really enjoyed this month’s Arctic mission… Yeah, I realize it’s a kid’s subscription, but my girls are still a few years from the targeted age range (they’re just 2 1/2), so I had to complete the mission myself. Not gonna lie — some of the games were pretty fun (and more challenging than you’d think).
The online portion is definitely the highlight of this subscription. I wasn’t quite sure when I reviewed the welcome kit, as that one just included a short introductory non-mission. Now that I’ve experienced an actual full mission, I can see the true value in it. This specific one took me maybe 15-20 minutes to complete, so I’m assuming (hoping?) it would take a child a lot longer.
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