National Geographic Little Kids
By Conny Coon,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Stories and activities introduce the world to preschoolers.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn a little about animals, geography, and science through videos and various do-at-home activities. Interactive games on the site lack a strong learning component, but kids can improve fine motor skills and computer proficiency as they drag and drop seeds to plant a friendship garden, or help a dolphin family find their friends in a maze. A smattering of hands-on, do-at-home learning opportunities include recipes and some simple science experiments. Learning is mostly passive on this entertaining, well-intentioned nature site.
Through a variety of interactive tools, this site encourages preschoolers to examine and discover the world in a safe and fun manner.
Products & Purchases
The only advertisements or products on this site are cross-promotional items such as National Geographic Little Kids magazine or the National Geographic Kids Web site. Some characters from PBS programming -- Toot & Puddle, Mama Mirabelle -- are also featured in various videos, but require a link to the National Geographic Kids site that is equally as clean but skews to slightly older elementary-aged kids.
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.
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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.
Talk to Your Kids 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.
- Subjects: Social Studies: events, geography, global awareness, Science: plants, weather
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: asking questions, investigation, Emotional Development: identifying emotions
- Genre: Educational
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 5, 2015
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