I’ve always been a huge fan of National Geographic. I remember reading all of my dad’s issues when I was a kid, and watching their TV specials with my family. I just loved learning all about animals, nature, and other parts of the world. And it still fascinates me!
I’m so glad that National Geographic now publishes magazines for kids! My five-year-old twins have been fascinated by their copies of National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Little Kids. They love them both! Here’s a little more information on each of them:
National Geographic Kids is aimed at kids ages 6 to 14. It offers a terrific mix of articles about wildlife, entertainment, science, technology, extreme sports, adventures, amazing kids, and world wonders. Departments include Video Game Central, Just Joking, The Green List, Fun Stuff, Art Department, Amazing Animals, Guinness World Records, Cool Inventions, Wildlife Watch, Weird But True, Sports Funnies, and Bet You Didn’t Know! Large pullout posters or maps, collectible trading cards, contests, stickers, cover wraps, and more are often included. For example, in the September 2009 issue of National Geographic Kids, readers learn that Earth is the only planet not named after a Greek or Roman god; legend has it that Martha Washington donated her silverware to make the country’s first coins; and white lions living in the wild are extremely rare. There’s also a National Parks Trivia Challenge, a story on “out-of-this-world vacations” that may one day be possible, and tips on playing kid-friendly video games. Kids can also visit kids.nationalgeographic.com for more games and features.
National Geographic Little Kids is aimed at kids ages 3 to 6 and their parents and is packed with teaching tools to help parents inspire a love of learning in their children. Filled with lively photographs and engaging stories to develop pre-reading and early reading skills, plus interactive picture games and puzzles to teach logic and counting, each 24-page issue contains fresh and imaginative instruction tools. There are captivating animal stories, answers to questions on kids’ favorite topics, features on different cultures to inspire a sense of understanding about the world, plus interactive experiments to introduce simple science. Regular departments include Why?, Rhyme Time, Which One Is Different?, What in the World Are These?, and Funny Photo, among others. Each issue also includes a set of six wild animal cards for kids to collect. The September/October 2009 issue of National Geographic Little Kids, for example, has beautiful pictures and information on leopard cubs! Bats, masks, leaf pictures, spiders, using a scale and other fascinating topics are beautifully photographed and explained. Visit http://kidsblogs.nationalgeographic.com/littlekids/ for more information and games for little kids!
National Geographic was kind enough to send our family samples of both of these magazines, and now we’re going to subscribe because we love these magazines so much. You can also subscribe at http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/gateway/669/105.html. Subscriptions are only $15 each per year on this website -- a real bargain for these excellent, award-winning magazines. Your kids will enjoy them so much they won’t even realize they’re learning!