While children today have so many amazing things that we didn’t even dream possible when we were kids, there was one thing that we had that they don’t: mail. Or ‘snail mail’ as we know it today. While adulthood has dulled the joy of the postman’s ring a little, since most of what he brings me is bills, there’s still a momentary thrill of excitement when I see him (or her) walking up the path. What’s he bringing? Is it for me? Is that a parcel I see peeking out of his over the shoulder bag? So exciting. (Or maybe I should get out more?) But either way, this is a thrill our children don’t really know.
As a child and later as a teenager I had pen pals, and a subscription to a Tinkerbell, and a later a couple of teen magazines and the arrival of the postman was the most wonderful thing.
This year I’ve been working with some magazine publishers and have been thrilled to have magazines arrive every month for my girls, and have loved passing on that excitement too. Here are five magazines I get for my children. I think they would make wonderful Christmas presents as they are gifts that bring new and fresh excitement every month (or two, depending). Few Christmas gifts will last through to next Christmas, so you’re looking at value for money too!
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- For boys and girls aged 6- 11
- 11 issues a year
- Trial offer: 4 issues for £9.90
- 6 Month Christmas Gift Subscription Offer: £19.90 (choose a Christmas subscription if you’re subscribing to 3 or more magazine.co.uk magazines for £15 savings – November 2015)
You can read a full review of Eco Kids Planet Magazine here.
This is a lovely magazine for environmentally minded youngsters with an interest in learning about the world. Each issue has a topic – Himalayas, Scotland, India – and deals with different aspects of each area.
Eco Kids Planet also has a current offer on where you can pick up 4 magazines for £9.90, with their direct debit offer. The magazines are normally £3.50 or subscribe and save up to £6.80, here.
- For boys and girls aged 3-6
- 10 issues a year
- 10 Issue Christmas Gift Subscription Offer: £50 (choose a Christmas subscription if you’re subscribing to 3 or more magazine.co.uk magazines for £15 savings – November 2015)
Storybox Magazine is very different to the previous one. It’s all about imagination, stories, a little bit of seasonal learning (why do we wear sun block, going back to school) and a few activities. It contains a full story, and plenty of short stories, and provides a few hours of entertainment for young readers. It’s ideally pitched at those learning to read, but also fantastic for reading with smaller children.
You can read a full review of Storybox Magazine here.
- For boys and girls aged 2-8
- 6 issues a year
- 12 Month Subscription: £24
Okido Magazine focuses on art and science, and is filled with games, quizzes and features that will keep children entertained as they learn. Each magazine has a theme, such as space, habitats, or feelings, and has activities, games and science experiments to try at home. With input from artists and even poetry and short stories there’s something for every interest in this subscription, . Each issue of this great kids’ magazine has a different theme, introducing little ones to subjects as diverse as space, habitats, and emotions and feelings.
While there’s great carry over from lovers of Messy on CBeebies, the magazine stands alone too, and doesn’t require knowledge of the TV Show to be enjoyed. Subscribe to Okido here.
- For boys and girls aged 2-8
- Fortnightly issues
- Up to £4.99 per magazine
We love this magazine and have a huge box full of all the goodies that come with it. While one of the things I love about the top three magazines is that they are their own attraction and don’t come with loads of tat, I love about this one that it comes with cooking and baking equipment as required for the recipes in the book. We’ve had this subscription for over two years, and the baking accessories are still going strong.
Each magazine comes with a variety of recipes to make together, a story to read and a few activities to do. Little cooks don’t have to be Dora fans, nor do they have to watch the show in order to enjoy this series. It’s no longer available as a subscription, but you can still buy individual magazines.
Review of Little Cooks Dora the Explorer Collections here