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They've Got Mail: 18 Subscriptions Your Kids Will Love

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The Best Part Of The Day - Mail

Kids love mail. One of my 5 year old’s favorite things is to head to the community mailbox with me each day. While I dread the monthly bills, he is filled with hope as we open the box. He immediately clamors to see if there is an envelope with his name on it, or a key inside, as that means a package is in another compartment.

Usually the packages are paperwork for my wife or online finds, but every now and again there’s a parcel from Nana with his name on it in the cubicle.

He’ll run to the house screaming “I got mail!” and then scramble inside to rip it to shreds.

During this Screen Free Week, why not take some time to sign your kid up for an old-fashioned magazine or other subscription that can take his time away from the tube.

There’s 18 great (and inexpensive) suggestions for you after the jump.


  • National Geographic Little Kids 1 of 18
    National Geographic Little Kids
    All about animals in an easy to handle small square form factor. Lots of cuddly pictures, trading cards, and stories that young kids will love.
    Ages: 3-6
    Issues and Cost / Year: 6 issues $15
    Website: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazines
  • Chirp 2 of 18
    Chirp
    Puzzles, games, jokes, art projects, centered around a monthly theme.
    Ages: 3-6
    Issues and Cost / Year: 10 issues $34.95
    Website: owlkids.com/chirp
  • Chickadee 3 of 18
    Chickadee
    Same format as Chirp, for readers. Monthly theme for May 2012 is all about pets.
    Ages: 6-9
    Issues and Cost / Year: 10 issues $34.95
    Website: owlkids.com/chickadee
  • Owl 4 of 18
    Owl
    May 2012 issue covers the debate of going back to the moon, how roller coasters work, and a poetry contest.
    Ages: 9+
    Issues and Cost / Year: 10 issues $34.95
    Website: owlkids.com
  • SI Kids 5 of 18
    SI Kids
    Big athletes brought down to kid size. Print subscribers also have access to a digital tablet edition.
    Ages: 8+
    Issues and Cost / Year: 12 issues $19.95
    Website: SIKids.com
  • Time For Kids 6 of 18
    Time For Kids
    There are 4 different editions tailored to different reading levels. Grade 1, 2, 3-4, 5-6. Teacher companions are also available to help kids dig into the news.
    Ages: 6+
    Issues and Cost / Year: 24 issues during school year $29.95
    Website: TimeforKids.com
  • Babba Box 7 of 18
    Babba Box
    This subscription isn't a magazine, it's a craft box. The Babba Box is filled with all you need to have rainy day fun with your kids. The boxes are designed to Create, Explore, Story Tell, and Connect.
    Ages: 3-6
    Issues and Cost / Year: $29.99 / month
    Website: Babbco.com
  • American Girl 8 of 18
    American Girl
    Stories, crafts, advice, and content that inspires.
    Ages: 8-12
    Issues and Cost / Year: 6 issues $27
    Website: AmericanGirl.com
  • Lego 9 of 18
    Lego
    There are different magazines for different age groups . Each one has cartoons, inspiring things to build, and pictures of kids and their creations.
    Ages: 4+
    Issues and Cost / Year: Free
    Website: Lego.com
  • High Five 10 of 18
    High Five
    High Five is designed to set young children on the path to becoming curious, creative, caring, confident individuals.
    Ages: 2-6
    Issues and Cost / Year: 12 issues $34.44
    Website: Highlights.com
  • Highlights 11 of 18
    Highlights
    The experts at Highlights know how to keep kids reading, thinking and learning with a wide variety of fresh new stories, puzzles, crafts, games and activities each month.
    Ages: 6+
    Issues and Cost / Year: 12 issues $34.44
    Website: Highlights.com
  • Ranger Rick 12 of 18
    Ranger Rick
    From the National Wildlife Federation, the May issue features stories on fruit bats, clown fish and anemones.
    Ages: 7-12
    Issues and Cost / Year: 10 issues $19.95
    Website: NWF.org
  • Big Backyard 13 of 18
    Big Backyard
    Younger version of Ranger Rick is featuring Moms for May with great stories on how animal parents and kids interact.
    Ages: 4-7
    Issues and Cost / Year: 10 issues $19.95
    Website: NWF.org
  • Discovery Girl 14 of 18
    Discovery Girl
    A magazine for tween girls with advice, fun stuff, embarrassing moments, quizzes, friends, fashion, health, and more.
    Ages: 10+
    Issues and Cost / Year: 6 issues $19.95
    Website: DiscoveryGirls.com
  • Fun For Kidz 15 of 18
    Fun For Kidz
    No advertising, no teen material, and no violence in this activity magazine. Keep boys and girls busy with awesome and unusual projects to make, build, draw, cook, and create.
    Ages: 5+
    Issues and Cost / Year: 6 issues $32.95
    Website: FunForKidz
  • Jack and Jill 16 of 18
    Jack and Jill
    Problem-solving, independent thinking exercises. "I love to read" stories and articles. Puzzles, games, projects, crafts, and contests. There are other magazines in the roster for younger kids too.
    Ages: 7-12
    Issues and Cost / Year: 6 issues $12.98
    Website: USKidsMags.com
  • Yum Food & Fun 17 of 18
    Yum Food & Fun
    More for parents than kids, this magazine is a family friendly A companion magazine to YUM Food & Fun. Filled with quick, effortless recipes, YUM Food & Fun for Kids is a magazine both parents and children will love!
    Ages: 5+
    Issues and Cost / Year: 4 issues $14.95
    Website: YumforKids.com
  • National Geographic Kids 18 of 18
    National Geographic Kids
    Bigger kids version of the "Little Kids" magazine with stories about animals, photos, games and more.
    Ages: 6+
    Issues and Cost / Year: 10 issues $15
    Website: NationalGeographic.com

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