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National Geographic 2015 Engineering Exploration Challenge – Thinking Like a Robot Contest Plus Children’s Book Reviews


National Geographic 2015 Engineering Exploration Challenge - Thinking Like a Robot Contest Plus Children's Book Reviews
National Geographic Kids books have been a staple in my family for years. Every time one of the kid’s birthdays roll around – it is almost guaranteed that they will receive at least one or two National Geographic Kids books. And yes, I am usually the one that winds up gifting them. There is something timeless about the National Geographic Kids book collections – the same books that my kids were reading 10 years ago with excitement and a thirst for knowledge in their eyes, seem to have the exact same effect on my nieces and nephews now, and they get the same spark in their eyes!

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book Of Who

National Geographic 2015 Engineering Exploration Challenge - Thinking Like a Robot Contest Plus Children's Book ReviewsThis year my 8 year old nephew’s birthday rolled around, and I was truly stumped on what to give him. So, I followed my intuition and logged on to the National Geographic Kids website. I scoped out their new releases, and “National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book Of Who” instantly grabbed my attention. The age range was 4-8 years old, which may have been a bit rudimentary for him but I figured that my nephew would enjoy it because he would actually be able to read it himself and not have to wait on an adult to sit down with him.

When I received “National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book Of Who” I sat down to flip through the pages before I wrapped it up and took it to my nephew’s birthday party – and I was totally sucked in by the bright colors and real-life photographs. Before I knew it, I had read all 128 pages of a preschool level book, and I didn’t regret a single second of it! Even I learned some interesting facts about history. “National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book Of Who” contains over 30 profiles of important and influential people throughout the world – and somehow manages to link them all together. The list of “who’s” included everyone from Sacajawea, Amelia Earhart, and Jackie Robinson, to The Beatles! I even found a few important “who’s” that I had never heard of, and after learning about how important their roles were in history – frankly I am a little ashamed of myself. Each profile included exciting facts that I knew my nephew would gobble up.

National Geographic Kids Weird But True Food

National Geographic 2015 Engineering Exploration Challenge - Thinking Like a Robot Contest Plus Children's Book ReviewsBeing an 8 year old boy, my nephew has a passion for food – and sometimes even eating strange things that are clearly not food. So for his birthday I also picked up a copy of National Geographic Kids Weird But True Food. I figured if he is going to eat us out of house and home, he might as well learn a little something about what he is eating. “National Geographic Kids Weird But True Food” is actually geared for 8-12 year olds, but I won’t mind sitting down to read it with him. However, by the time we are done I will be famished because every page literally features a life-like photograph of one amazing dish after the other. All together “National Geographic Kids Weird But True Food” features over 300 facts about food – and I already know he is going to run around the house quizzing everyone with juicy tidbits from the book.

If you are searching for an educational gift for a kid in your family that will grab their attention and won’t get tossed to the bottom of the toy box or crammed in to the back of their closet, then I highly recommend “National Geographic Kids Weird But True Food” and “National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book Of Who.” You can pick them up at the official National Geographic Kids website, and while you are there you should check out the amazing new contest that they are running. Your kids could win free movie tickets to the new National Geographic Movie, “Robots 3D!”

National Geographic 2015 Engineering Exploration Challenge

National Geographic 2015 Engineering Exploration Challenge - Thinking Like a Robot Contest Plus Children's Book ReviewsNational Geographic 2015 Engineering Exploration Challenge runs from May 1 2015 – August 1 2015, and it’s a great way to keep your kids busy during summer vacation. This year’s challenge invites kids to find and test solutions to problems that National Geographic Explorers could face while they are out discovering in the field on a daily basis. The purpose of the challenge is to inspire kids to learn more about robotic technology and how it is used to complete work that is considered dirty or dangerous. The challenge is open to all kids ages 6-18 years old, and everyone that enters will receive a free movie ticket to viewRobots 3D, a certificate from National Geographic, and the chance to have their entry featured in an up-and-coming National Geographic Kids book!

Use this form to submit your solution, working or non-working, to National Geographic by midnight, EST on August 1, 2015!


Disclaimer: Tourist Meets Traveler did not receive compensation for this review. Any and all opinions expressed are our own. Product was provided for review purposes as Brand Ambassadors for National Geographic Kids.

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  1. aimee fauci says

    These are some cool books. I love how they are for kids and that they provide educational information.. like really good information.

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    My boys love Weird But True books. We have a ton of them in the house.

  3. Jeanine says

    How awesome. I used to get nat geo kids when I get as younger but I haven’t seen these. My kids would love these!

  4. Pam says

    My kids used to love the National Geographic Kids books. They would read them over and over.

  5. Liz Mays says

    The Engineering Exploration Challenge is a n awesome idea. It’s a perfect way to get them thinking an the reward is sweet!

  6. Carmen Perez (listen2mama) says

    These look like great educational books for kids. Something to consider for those boring, rainy, summer days!

  7. Marielle Altenor says

    I might have to pick up a copy of that book for my son! I don’t even know where all the food he eats goes!!

  8. Pam says

    I love the challenge. How cool would it be to have your entry ending up in a National Geographic book! It is also a great activity to keep the kids busy this summer.

  9. Amber NElson says

    This looks like such a great way for kids to learn beyond the school year. Love it!

  10. Mama to 5 BLessings says

    These are great! I love National Geographic, these would be a great resource in our homeschooling.

  11. Theresa says

    My daughter LOVES getting the National Geographic books from the library. Those weird but true are her favorite. She gets a kick out of sharing all those crazy facts with the family!

  12. Lesley says

    National Geographic has some very cool resources for kids. My boy is always into science and engineering.

  13. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This looks like a great set of books for my kids. We love National Geographic. We always learn so much from them.

  14. Toughcookiemommy says

    These books are perfect for inspiring a love of reading in children. They have vivid images and engaging subject matter.

  15. April G says

    I love this. I’m looking for things to do during the summer. This is definitely one.

  16. manuela W. says

    My kids would love the Weird But True Food book. They love anything weird or gross!

  17. Veronica says

    This is a cool book! I will have to get it for my son

  18. Lisa Rios says

    My kids loves National geographic books. All these sounds like a informative and educational read for all kids. Engineering Exploration challenge is really a great idea and I like to try this for my kids.

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