Are you thinking about buying your child a subscription to National Geographic for Kids? A better question is, when? That’s because the good people at the National Geographic Society have a passion for delivering the finest, most mind-blowing educational content any parent could ever want for their child’s education.

A full subscription plan includes year-round access to the print version, which NatGeo sends by mail. Your child will also get complete access to the National Geographic for Kids website, along with full access to the iPad editions of the magazine. This is particularly useful if your kid just can’t stop playing on their tablet.

National Geographic for Kids – A Brief History

NatGeo Kids is so much more than just a simple magazine for kids. With experience of over 40 years, they should probably be considered the most advanced scientific publication for children out there. And that’s exactly what it is.

National Geographic has a long and amazing history. Part of this tradition includes the National Geographics for Kids magazine. Back in 1888, the very first issue of the original magazine was published. And the one especially designed for kids didn’t take too long afterward to appear.

The National Geographic School Bulletin

In 1919, the National Geographic Society realized that it needed a way to appeal to the younger generation. And so, the National Geographic for Kids was born. But it wasn’t originally called that. At first, they produced it as weekly school special that only appeared during school semesters. The National Geographic School Bulletin had quite the long run: from 1919, all the way up to 1975.

National Geographic World

But then, the Society members had another great idea: to detach themselves from the image of school. After all, it was the age of rock ‘n roll, hippie protests, and a general lack of faith in the traditional educational system. This saw the rise of private tutoring and homeschooling. And also a name change: from the boring sounding School Bulletin, the National Geographic magazine for kids became National Geographic World. After all, the best thing that science promotes, besides research, is a broad perspective on the world around us.

National Geographic Explorer

Soon enough however, National Geographic reintroduced a separate magazine for use in schools. It still exists today under the name National Geographic Explorer. This one, however interesting and good a resource for your kids to approach science, is completely separate from the National Geographic for Kids magazine.

You must wonder, however, what’s the deal with all these name changes? Well, the National Geographic World magazine (which ended in 2002) was the very first NatGeo magazine to feature the cool, easy to read, and full of pictures format that we see today with the current Kids magazine. As you can gather from what I’ve said by now, the definitive version of the National Geographic for Kids magazine launched in 2002. It looked cool, it looked catchy, but most of all: it looked fresh.

NatGeo launched a complete redesign, and the colors were vivid and bright. And, as of today, the magazine publishes 10 issues per year, in a total of 19 different country-differentiated editions.

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National Geographic for Kids Features

Like all of the coolest magazines for kids out there, National Geographic for Kids also has a lot of sections dedicated to making you kid better understand notions of biology, geography, history, and a number of other scientific fields.

Videos

National Geographic Videos for kids are so cool that they would have an adult binge-watching the whole collection they’ve got on their website. And if an adult can be so caught up with their beautiful, educational videos, just imagine how it’s like for kids.

And the best part is that they don’t just have videos of animals hanging around (although there are a lot). They also have cultural videos such as a series on Native Americans. They call this subcategory, appropriately, “Cool People.” Others bear the names Weird & Random, Awesome Places, and Fun Science.

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Games

When it comes to teaching your kids about the world around us, there really is no better solution than interactivity. And the National Geographic for Kids games are just the thing you need to raise your kid’s curiosity.

For those who like more basic games for younger kids, there are three categories of basic video games. You can either have your kid take weird, cool, or awesome quizzes. Challenge them to play a quick game, or even complete an educational puzzle game. If you want more to-the-point games, you have another two categories: animals and geography. And if your kids are already pros in the video gaming world, have them choose games from the action or adventure categories. These are the most advanced on the whole website.

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Animals

When your child is done playing or viewing videos, they can start learning. And what better learning experience than reading about animals.

NatGeo designed the animal pages to impress. They’ve got pictures at the top, descriptions further down, and then general details about the animal. For instance, did you know that the Orca (currently the most popular animal on the website) has a lifespan of up to 80 years?

Also, it’s quite funny that they chose to compare each animal’s weight, speed, and length with those of a piano, car, and bus, respectively. For instance, an Orca is more than double the weight of a piano, has half the average speed of a car, and can be nearly as big as a bus.

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Explore National Geographic for Kids

If you don’t want to choose any of the categories above, don’t worry – there are others. Just go to the Explore section of the National Geographic for Kids website. You’ll be able to choose from all the topics they’ve ever written on.

Furthermore, if your kid is an amateur photographer, let him submit photos to the cool National Geographic for Kids contests. And if you pay a subscription, your kid will get an adventure pass, which means that he will be able to access cool extra special content and facts.

All in all, there really isn’t any possible argument as to why you shouldn’t get your kid a subscription to National Geographic for Kids. So, now that that’s settled, don’t wait any longer to subscribe!

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