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
- 12 issues a year
- 6 Month Christmas Gift Subscription Offer: £21
- Annual subscription – £38
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.
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.
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.
MORE MAGAZINES FOR KIDS:
12 Magazines for £37.99
Storytime is a monthly magazine for kids filled with classic tales to read, love, share and treasure. Every issue is packed with gorgeous illustrations and a great selection of stories, for both boys and girls, including fairy tales, poems and rhymes, fables, myths & legends, and stories from around the world – it’s a perfect gift for story lovers of all ages. Plus, in every issue there’s an extract from a much-loved children’s book and story-inspired puzzles and activities to bring the stories to life. Subscribe to Storytime Today and help your kids to fall in love with reading.
13 Magazines for £44.99
or 3 Magazines for £1 – trial subscription
The perfect read for any keen gamer under 10, a Minecraft World magazine subscription is filled with great tips on creating a world that’s all their very own. Whether they’re new to Minecraft and just getting started or long-term players looking to create more challenging worlds with mazes and unique buildings, Minecraft World is a great place to start. Featuring incredible projects and worlds from other readers around the globe, the Minecraft-mad team handpick amazing examples to be featured in every issue – inspiring their next game! From replicating incredible real-life world heritage sites like Machu Picchu or building rollercoasters, there’s plenty of great tips, tricks and tutorials to keep them busy for hours!
10 Magazines for £44
Full of wonder and intrigue, Discovery Box magazine is a fantastic and fun aid to your child’s learning. With dedicated sections on subjects like science, nature, history and geography, it’s loaded with facts and fun. There are comic strips, games and experiments to try at home, all with one aim in mind: discovery. Satisfy your 9-12 year-old’s appetite for learning with a Discovery Box magazine subscription.