National Geographic Little Kids
Common Sense Media says
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this preschooler-friendly site provides a variety of games, activities and videos and encourages exploration of the world and nature. Like its companion print magazine (National Geographic Little Kids), this site gives little kids a safe spot to learn about animals, geography, and science. Its simple games and activities include easy-to-follow audio instructions that even the tiniest visitor can follow and enjoy, though younger users may need some assistance from an adult. There’s plenty on this easy-to-navigate site to keep kids interested, but not so much that it’ll be hard to pry them away.
What kids can learn
- global awareness
Thinking & Reasoning
- asking questions
- identifying emotions
Engagement, Approach, Support
Preschoolers will be entertained by video clips and games featuring cuddly animals and characters from the popular Toot & Puddle book and TV series.
On the whole, learning is limited to a handful of nature videos, some Toot & Puddle animated episodes, and a series of videos that follow real siblings as they explore other cultures. Learning is largely passive.
A smattering of hands-on, do-at-home learning opportunities include recipes and some simple science experiments.
What's it about?
Like its companion print magazine (National Geographic Little Kids), this preschooler-friendly site offers a variety of games, activities and videos. Content is primarily entertaining, but also encourages exploration and understanding of the world, nature, and other cultures. Age-appropriate activities cover a lot of ground, from science experiments to simple recipes to crafts and coloring pages.
Is it any good?
National Geographic Little Kids offers the youngest users a place of their own to explore the world. A series of videos featuring cuddly animals shows how animal parents act similarly to human parents. Kids will find clips and games from the popular Toot & Puddle characters (from the children’s books and Nickelodeon series) entertaining. Kids can plant a friendship garden by dragging and dropping seeds or help a dolphin family find their friends in a maze.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what is an appropriate amount of time to spend playing around on the Web. Why is it important to explore the world outside your backdoor as well as the world inside your computer? Are there other ways you can you learn about the world without being in front of a screen?
Why it’s important to only visit Web sites like this with your parents’ permission. Even though it’s fun to explore and play on the Internet, it’s never too early to start learning how to play it safe online.