Good Magazine Subscriptions for Kids
My kids love to get mail and if it is a magazine for them they are even happier. They will plop right on the couch and read it through for the next hour or two. I think that magazine subscriptions are a wonderful gift for children and we have been getting different ones for at least 5 years now. People give them to us as gifts, I get them for my kids as gifts and we give them to others as gifts. A new magazine in the mail is such a great entertainment for the kids that I have been known to set them aside for a week or two if I know we have a long drive coming up. The kids get so excited when they get in the car and find a new magazine in their seat to read along the way. It makes the time pass quicker for them and keeps the fighting down, which is always wonderful for the parents.
If you do a search for children's magazines there are just so many how do you know what a good one to purchase is? Well I don't think you should purchase one right off the internet without first looking at it either at a friend's house, the library, doctor's office, or some other place. It is too hard to tell if the content is appropriate for your child, is at their age level, and is something that will hold their interest, without actually going through the magazine. The library is a great place to do this. In fact, my kids check out magazines (back issues) from the library every time we go.
For a sports enthusiast try Sports Illustrated Kids. This is a little pricey I think at $12.95 for a 6 month subscription or $24.95 for a 1 year subscription. If your child loves a specific sport consider magazines such as Baseball Youth or Young Rider (horseback riding). It seems there is a magazine for every interest out there, but the prices certainly vary.
Magazines don't have to cost a lot of money though. Keep your eyes out for special offers that pop up online periodically. We are currently getting a subscription to Family Fun for free. Another place to look is when shopping online. After I ordered a pair of shoes a screen popped up offering me up to 3 magazine subscriptions for $2 each. We now get Sports Illustrated Kids for just $2 for the whole year. You really can't beat that. Always look out for offers like this so that good magazines can make their way into your home for as little money as possible.
If your kids love nature then National Geographic for Kids is a good one. We have also liked Your Big Backyard, which is targeted for preschoolers. For older kids that can read Ranger Rick is a great one. It is all about animals and their habitats. These subscriptions run around $20 for a year, which really seems to be the average price in all my magazine purchasing years.
Do you have a girl? American Girl and Hopscotch for girls are both much loved by my 7 year old. Both of these are pretty expensive, so borrow these from the library. How about a child who loves dogs? Dogs for Kids is a bimonthly magazine that is geared towards pre-teens and teens. Something to definitely consider is how frequently the magazine is delivered. With younger children in particular it might seem like forever between magazines if it is only coming every other month.
There are so many magazines geared towards the 9-14 age group. If you have a history buff in the family Cobblestone is a great magazine for history. Dig is put out by the Archaeological Institute of America. Faces will introduce children to the different cultures of the world. Muse is put out by the Smithsonian and is all about different science topics, which is a lot of fun for most kids. We have borrowed all of these from the library and my kids (and I) have liked them all a lot. Unfortunately they are priced pretty high at over $30 for a year long subscription that is between 6 and 10 issues, which is why we keep borrowing them instead of subscribing.
If you have a comic book or cartoon lover there are plenty of magazines to appeal to this crowd including Wolverine, X-Men, Scooby Doo, Superman, Avengers, The Batman Strikes!, and many more. There are also plenty of other preschool magazines out there including Thomas & Friends, Preschool Playroom, Ladybug, Disney and Me, and the always popular Highlights. We have not personally tried any of these listed in this paragraph, so check your local library before purchasing.
With gas prices as high as they are, and shipping costs increasing right and left, the next time you need to send a gift to a child consider a magazine. Most children don't need another toy to clean up at night and having a magazine to either sit with a parent and read or read themselves is a gift that they will enjoy all year. Magazine subscriptions can go a long way towards filling the needs of a child with a specific interest or be a great resource for school as well. Magazines.com has a huge list of children's magazines at the best prices I have seen around the internet. If you are looking for a new subscription or are looking for something very specific check there to see your options.