National Geographic Little Kids

Common Sense Media says

Stories and activities introduce the world to preschoolers.

Age(i)

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Through a variety of interactive tools, this site encourages preschoolers to examine and discover the world in a safe and fun manner.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The site doesn’t make use of personal information unless it's to respond to a one-time request question or request for information from a child, to allow a child to send an ecard to a friend or to award prizes in a game or sweepstakes. Information is not shared with third parties.

Anyone can visit the site and access the games, activities and videos, and parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s online experience.

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

Subjects

Science

  • plants
  • weather

Social Studies

  • geography
  • global awareness
  • events

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • investigation
  • asking questions

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Preschoolers will be entertained by video clips and games featuring cuddly animals and characters from the popular Toot & Puddle book and TV series.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

A smattering of hands-on, do-at-home learning opportunities include recipes and some simple science experiments. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • plants
  • weather

Social Studies

  • geography
  • global awareness
  • events

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • investigation
  • asking questions

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Conny Coon

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
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  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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great lerning

i like to learn so this is the perfect thing for me.it can tell you all about animals and has good games. this website will make your kid happy.
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