For the kids who have everything, or for kids who are not really into toys anymore, magazine subscriptions are a fun option- kids get something in the mail on a regular basis (who doesn’t love that?), it promotes a certain kind of literacy that many kids don’t get an opportunity to engage in, and it’s just plain fun to read a new magazine each month! If you need some pointers about which magazine to get for your child (or some other child), read on!
First, when thinking about magazine subscriptions for kids, test it before you buy it. Public libraries typically have a huge selection of magazines for kids. Pick up a couple copies of different ones and test them out.
- Does your child actually read it?
- Are the messages good?
- Is there an appropriate amount of activities versus articles/poems/comics for your child’s age and interest level?
- What is being advertised to the kids? Are those the kind of advertisements you are okay with?
If’ you’re looking for some to start out with, here are a few that my kids enjoy:
For any animal lover, these magazines really do grow with the child. They have one perfect for any age level, so if you have older kids, there are ones for them too.
We actually get this one for free in our pediatrician’s office! This magazine is filled with delicious, age-appropriate recipes and food topics that kids can really make and enjoy. The magazine is also culturally diverse, which is a huge plus for us.
We have a little sports guru in the house, so this is one that allows him to be all into the sports loop without me having to keep up to date on the latest stories and stats.
Muse is for boys and girls who are interested in asking lots of questions and learning new things. It’s sponsored by the Smithsonian, so you know you’re getting good quality information!
This magazine is filled with stories, poems and art by other kids. This is one for kids who really love to read and write- I think it will really inspire them!
What others would you recommend, for what age level, and why?