Developed by: National Geographic Society
Did you know a hippo's lips are about two feet wide? Or that didaskaleinophobia is the fear of going to school? Or that before toothpaste was invented some people cleaned their teeth with charcoal? Filled with wacky facts and tantalizing trivia that will engage curious kids and parents alike, Weird But True presents each of the 625 facts in a fun, colorful, and interactive format that will keep kids entertained – and learning – four hours! And parents can rest easy knowing that each fact is age-appropriate and handpicked by a brand they know and trust: National Geographic Kids.
Prepare to use this app by using the following activities:
- For real! This app contains hundreds of interesting and quirky facts. Ask your child if they know what a fact is. Remind them that facts are true and can be proven, whereas opinions are based on personal feelings.
- Sing and Dance! Have your child create a short song about what facts are and the difference between facts and opinions. Encourage your child to add in dance moves.
Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying the following activities:
- Get down to business! Have your child start going through the facts. If they find one particularly interesting, have them tap the heart to create a list of their favorite facts. If they find a fact particularly weird, have them tap the “Weird-O-Meter” icon. The app collects the results and shows what everyone has chosen as the most Totally Outrageous facts! Encourage your child to check back regularly for updated results.
- Seriously? If your child wants to learn more about a particular fact, encourage them to research it online (or research it together), praise their curiosity and ask them to share what else they discovered.
- Categories! Have your child create an overview of facts based on categories (i.e. animals, countries, technology, people, etc). Prompt them to create categories by asking them what particular facts have in common or what the topics of each facts are. Encourage them to have fun with their categories notes page by decorating it and adding colorful illustrations, etc.
Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:
- Who can I stump? Have your child share two facts they learned in addition to a made up one and have them share with friends or family members. Have their friends or family try to decide which one is the imposter (not a true fact).
- Show what you know! Ask your child to create a book or poster of facts they found most interesting and unique and have them add colorful illustrations, etc.
- Get Crafty! Have your child choose a favorite fact and have them create a visual of the fact using any craft supplies you might have on hand. If the fact is about a butterfly, have them cut out a butterfly shape and write the fact on the butterfly.