National Geographic for Kids

LQ: 9.0


Brain grade: 9.5
Fun score: 8.5

ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

National Geographic for Kids is an interactive website and iPad app where users can explore world cultures, read international news, play educational games, and learn about a variety of animals. Although National Geographic for Kids is an image heavy site, there is still supplementary content that requires solid reading skills. For younger children who have not quite developed a fluidity with their reading, there is a “little kids” section that contains activities and information for preschoolers and and early-elementary aged children, making this app a viable choice for users ages 4 and up.



Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Exploring different cultures requires your child to understand different perspectives. Through a thorough and thoughtful evaluation of different countries and cultures, your child can realize the various ways in which people see the world. National Geographic for Kids encourages global thinking; a skill that can make your child more open to different cultures, and compassionate about international inequalities. Flexibility skills, or the tools that help your child adapt to new situations will directly impact that way that he interacts and accepts cultural values that are different from him. Your child will adapt more readily if he uses NGFK, as a way to foster global perspective.


Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

National Geographic for Kids offers a wide array of information to help your child develop a sense of their personal interests. Whether your child loves animals, music, or photography, the National Geographic for Kids website can help him learn more about his interests. Beyond simply keying in on interests, the NGFK atmosphere is highly social. Children are encouraged to send in their own pictures, complete a variety of surveys, comment on the blog, and submit photo captions. The social elements of the site make it more than just a place for reference; rather, a community of children who are inspiring each other to learn and express their creativity.


Because National Geographic for Kids is primarily a print publication, its purpose is to inform. While the website may have more interactive games, puzzles, quizzes, and photographs than the monthly magazine, the "News" section features articles directly targeted to the reading levels of younger children. "The Cool Clicks" pages entices readers to delve into the articles with captivating images. The ratio of pictures to text, makes each article highly accessible, ensuring that every child will come away with new information after each click.


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