Summer Boredom Busters from National Geographic {Review & Giveaway}

My child is hands down the most curious person I have ever met.  Her quest to understand how things work and the world around her is endless.

I love to watch as she soaks up and retains new information on a daily basis.  She has this crazy desire to learn as much as possible, and I want to encourage this the best that I can.

The best way that I have found to do this is to provide her with things that offer “edutainment”.  I heard this term recently and I absolutely love it.  Edutainment is a fun way of saying that a product can both teach and entertain simultaneously.  Children enjoy reading the book or playing with the toy so much that they don’t even realize they’re learning at the same time!

The books from National Geographic Kids are the ideal example of edutainment.

Recently, we had the opportunity to add to our quickly growing National Geographic Kids library with three awesome new titles that are sure to educate, entertain, and beat away any summer boredom that your kids may be experiencing.

national geographic kids why book

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why

Using an interactive question-and-answer format and content grounded in a child’s immediate world, the Big Book of Why delivers lively information, hands-on games, simple recipes, crafts, and more. What makes a car go? How does mushy dough become a crispy cookie? What does the doctor see in my throat? The Big Book of Why invites children to ask big questions, think big thoughts, and get answers that are accurate, engaging, level-appropriate, and based on sound educational findings. Highly photographic and playful, this big book is an adventure in exploration and will make long car rides seem like a quick trip around the corner!

Does your little one endlessly ask “why?” just as mine does?  While I like to feed this curiosity and try and explain how things work, the truth is that I simply don’t always have the answers.

That’s what makes the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why so great.  It’s full of fun facts and information about how things around us function.  The day that this book arrived, Raileigh sat and read it for hours.  Literally.  She was just soaking up everything in.

There were times when she was passing on the information she’d read and I was learning, too.  For example, she told me that a cow has four stomachs and about the process of turning grass into milk inside those four stomachs.  It was actually pretty fascinating.

The more she learns, the more complicated the “why?” questions are becoming, though.  Now that she know that cows eat grass and it is turned into milk, she wants to know why it’s grass that cows eat.  The journey to obtain knowledge truly never ends.

national geographic kids boredom buster

National Geographic Kids Cool Animals Sticker Activity Book

National Geographic Kids Cutest Animals Sticker Activity Book

Over 1000 easy-to-remove stickers is just one reason why kids will love these books that are chocked full of the animals that kids can’t get enough of. Every page also includes games, spelling and pattern games, counting and wild animal facts about tigers, lizards, lions and sharks, polar bears, pandas, rabbits, kitties, bugs and many more fantastic creatures. 

I have never met a child that doesn’t love stickers.  There is just something about stickers that children cannot seem to get enough of.

The Cool Animals Sticker Book focuses more on fierce, powerful animals such as sharks and tigers, while the Cutest Animals Sticker Book is all about cuddly friends like kittens and bunnies.

However, what the books have in common is that are quintessential edutainment books for summer. The stickers are easy to peel and stick, and as children are placing them, they’re learning as well!  For example, there is a two-page spread on pandas in the National Geographic Kids Cutest Animals Sticker Activity Book.  There are stickers featuring bamboo, which is what pandas eat.  There is also other fun facts and information filling the pages.

Some of the stickers have a specific spot they are designed to go in.  Other stickers can be creatively placed around the page by the child.  The stickers “stick” but not so that they cannot be removed.  The easy to remove stickers are nice because the child can fill up a page, remove the stickers, and change the design up. It’s the book that keeps on giving.

National Geographic Kids really does a wonderful job at making learning fun.  They understand that educational products must truly be fun in order to engage a child and make them want to use the product.

This summer, as your child is at home, offer them some summer boredom busters that will truly make learning an experience they will never forget.

I am excited to announce that National Geographic Kids is going to send one lucky reader the same set of summer boredom buster books that we received!

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44 comments

  1. Stephanie Grant says:

    We spend alot of time outside at the pool with our friends and their children and try to take a local stay-cation getaway once a week if possible to the local zoo or park :)

  2. AndreaH says:

    To keep summer boredom away, we do things like watch movies, picnic lunches, and activity days at the state parks here. Also, sometimes we get in the car and drive through the backroads until we come upon a park or something fun and interesting to do.

  3. Sue Hull says:

    My daughter is grown. My nieces go to educational daycare at where they go to school 3 days a wk. It’s fun for them.They go on field trips and it keeps their little brains working. When they’re home my brother-in-law does things with them. This summer has gone by so fast. Thank you :)

  4. Patricia says:

    We have a jar filled with ideas and things to do. When we get bored or have nothing to do we pull something out of there. It is so random and spontaneous.

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