Whether it’s ideas for how Star Wars can inspire STEM learning to why it’s important to have kids help plan the family vacay, the National Geographic Family Field Guide is the place to be. Communicating with parents is super important at National Geographic in order to further the company’s core values, and sometimes kids devour the witty, respectful content so fast that parents can get left behind. No longer!

The brand new field guide newsletter is sent to 500,000 people each week, and offers suggestions for fun things to do with your kids if you have 5, 10 or 15 minutes to spare. The long form blog is diverse and contains writing from many different sources.

15-minute-valentine-ideaRachel Buchholz, esteemed National Geographic Kids magazine editor-in-chief and kids book author, has done an amazing job creating diverse content for kids up to age 14. To subscribe to the newsletter, you can click here. I’m always looking for fun facts and learning opportunities, and now that my kids are getting older and have their own email addresses the plan is to sign them up directly as well!

In addition to the Field Guide, Nat Geo has partnered with the Guinness Book of World Records to create a STEM-promoting sculpture made of toilet paper rolls. The goal is to collect at least 5,000 rolls. What better way to have them feel part of a larger project and learn the core values surrounding upcycling? Kids can decorate the toilet paper rolls or not, and then send them to:

Nat Geo Kids / Set a Guinness World Record
1145 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

Fun, huh? National Geographic Kids continues to inspire creativity, learning and a true appreciation for our planet.

*The lead photo is sourced from an article in the National Geographic Family Field Guide by Allison Ellis on 5 Ways to Lean Kindness from Animals.