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National Geographic - Featured Website of the Month (July)

Hey all! I hope you’re doing well during this crazy time. Maybe you live in an area where large outdoor attractions are still closed. This means that public pools, kids attractions, arcades, and zoos are closed. My family LOVES to go to the zoo in the summer and see all the animals. Each of my kids has a favorite animal that they want to see. Sometimes we feel pulled in six directions because, of course, all their favorite animals are located in different parts of the zoo. What child doesn’t have at least one favorite animal? 

Since some of us can’t get outside to explore the zoo, I found a website that teaches children all about different animals. National Geographic for Kids is just the place to learn about animals.

National Geographic Kids is a website that does not need a paid subscription. However, if you would like to purchase a physical magazine subscription, you can do so by clicking on the “Subscribe” tab at the top of the page. There are several other tabs along the top menu bar as well including Games, Videos, Animals, and Explore. These tabs help you to navigate the website. 

Under the Games tab, there are a variety of games. Kids can take animal quizzes and tests to see which animal personality they best match. There are fill-in-the-blank games, and video game style games. There is a game where kids can make a beaver play badminton. There is a racing game with dung beetles. There is a diving game with dolphins. Kids can take a quiz and discover which US president, which animals, which rock they best match. Albeit, these personality quizzes aren’t exactly educational, but they are funny and entertaining. 

For some more educational content, go to the Videos tab or Animals tab. Under the videos tab, you will find videos about “Amazing Animals”, “Weird But True” things, and “Party Animals”. Being able to watch these fun videos will help make learning come alive for you kids, especially if they can’t get out to the zoo this summer. There are also some fun videos where kids can learn how to make things like popsicles or learn magic tricks. 

To read about different animals, go to the “Animals” tab. The animals are organized under their classification: mammal, fish, bird, reptile, etc. The information is written in a kid-friendly way, so most school-aged children can read the information for themselves. Younger children will need adult help. If you want to read about a specific animal, you can use the search bar at the top of the page to find the animal. Have you ever heard of the Reticulated Glass Frog? You should go check it out! 

How might you use this resource in the summer? In your classroom? At home? Let me know if you find any interesting animals! 

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