On Friday, August 3rd, I had the chance to have tea and scones with six of the editors of National Geographic Kids and 19 other bloggers. I was so looking forward to this event as my daughter has been learning and loving NGK magazines and books for some six or so years now. It amazes me that she can recall so many facts and even know from which issue she got it! The editors truly love what they are doing, and that is to engage children with the world around them. They also tested us with a few Weird But True facts.
In addition to printed books, NGK has gone digital with the release of their new apps. One of the new apps is called Look & Learn: Animal Alphabet. It’s a great app for preschool children to learn their letters by associating them with animals. The developer of the app is pictured above and he so kindly brought a jar of candies for each of us at the ‘tea party’. The editors were anxious to hear our thoughts on what we like and what we hope to see from National Geographic Kids in the future.
Two current projects that you might be interested in are Run for the Planet and the International Photography Contest 2012 for Kids. In Run for the Planet, you and your kids can help NGK set two world records:
- Most people running 100 meters in 24 hours (You can walk it, too!)
- Longest chain of shoes (They’ll be recycled into athletic surfaces!)
In the International Photography Contest 2012 for Kids, children can enter photos they’ve taken into one of (or all) four categories with the chance to win the Grand Prize – a trip to Washington D.C. Their photos will compete with entries from around the world. My daughter really wants to enter this!
We were sent home with a whole bundles of goodies including the book, That’s Gross! My daughter loves gross stuff but she couldn’t handle the old medicinal cures and mummy facts. They even included a bag of ‘gross’ candies with an eyeball ringpop and earwax/black widow/mummy gummies. Her favorite item was the Ultimate Weird but True book I brought back. She enjoyed it so much that we HAD to buy the 5,000 Awesome Facts the next time we saw it in the store. Her head has been buried in these for the past three weeks!
National Geographic Kids continues to produce quality materials for every stage of your child’s learning. With carefully researched facts, amazing photos, and information presented with kids in mind, this is one company I hope to share with many parents for years to come.
National Geographic Kids sponsored the event with food and gift bags. No monetary compensation was received and I was not obligated to write about the event. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own and unbiased, except for the fact I LOVE NGK.