During the Family Forward conference at Universal Orlando, we had a great day of workshops. One of my favorites was presented by National Geographic Kids. We each received a book about animals. We could choose from either the Animal Encyclopedia or the First Big Book of Animals. This was a hard decision for our family.
The kids have all loved animals from the beginning. They have mastered a lot of the basics about animals so we were leaning toward the Encyclopedia. But then again, the First Big Book has such great page layouts and is right at a level where Sammi can read it to her siblings. This we know because we have the First Big Book of Space that we bought this summer and she loves to read it to Scott and Elli. Yes, our family’s obsession with space rivals our obsession with animals!
We ended up choosing the Encyclopedia because the content is more in depth. Our children are so eager to know every little thing they can about every animal there is. Elli is particularly enamored with Humpback Whales. We can thank Diego for that! I know they are still her favorite because the pages about the Humpback whale are sticky from her pouring over them while snacking.
During the workshop, we received a worksheet to help us connect as a super hero family. We looked through the books we received to find out about animals and their superpowers then decide which animal superpower each family member has and how that helps our whole family be stronger. Then we also discussed how we can plug in and unplug together to learn more about our family’s superpowers.
I discovered that Ben is basically a baby sea otter. He loves to be wrapped up to sleep just like a baby sea otter. From the book,”When the mother dives for food, her baby naps wrapped in seaweed so it won’t float away.” How cute is that! Other cool fact about sea otters: groups of sea otters that float together are called rafts. I’m so in love with these playful water animals!
National Geographic Kids is currently trying to set a Guinness World Record for the largest online photo album of animals. We were able to participate in this project during the conference by finding and photographing animals around the resort and theme parks then posting them on Twitter, Instagram or NG Kids My Shot. Just use the hashtags #animal and #GreatNature when you share the photo. NG Kids My Shot is a moderated photo community where kids can upload their favorite photos, get photo tips, rate photos, and comment on other members’ pictures. It’s a place to share a love of photography and inspire other kids to care about the planet. Kids must have parental permission in order to participate. Everyone is invited to participate in their attempt to set the Guinness World Record.
You can connect with National Geographic Kids on Facebook or Twitter and on their website, where you’ll find a link to My Shot for your child’s photography. Also, if you are looking to watch National Geographic Kids programming, you can subscribe to their YouTube channel for $3.99 a month or $29.99 a year.
Photos of the National Geographic Kids books and sleeping Ben are courtesy of Mom It Forward.