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They’ve Got Mail: 16 Subscriptions Your Kids Will Love

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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.

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.

Here are 16 great (and inexpensive) suggestions for you.

1. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LITTLE KIDS

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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: nationalgeographic.com

2. CHIRP

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Puzzles, games, jokes, art projects, centered around a monthly theme.
Ages: 3-6
Issues and Cost / Year: 10 issues $34.95
Website: owlkids.com

3. CHICKADEE

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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

4. OWL

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Image Source: Owl Magazine

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

5. SI KIDS

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Image Source: Sports Illustrated 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

6. TIME FOR KIDS

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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

7. AMERICAN GIRL

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Stories, crafts, advice, and content that inspires.
Ages: 8-12
Issues and Cost / Year: 6 issues $27
Website: AmericanGirl.com

8. LEGO CLUB

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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

9. HIGH FIVE

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Image Source: Highlights for Children

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 $39.96
Website: Highlights.com

10. HIGHLIGHTS

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Image Source: Highlights for Children

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 $39.96
Website: Highlights.com

11. RANGER RICK

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From the National Wildlife Federation featuring stories on animals.
Ages: 7-12
Issues and Cost / Year: 10 issues $19.95
Website: NWF.org

12. RANGER RICK JR

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Younger version of Ranger Rick.
Ages: 4-7
Issues and Cost / Year: 10 issues $19.95
Website: NWF.org

13. DISCOVERY GIRLS

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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

14. FUN FOR KIDZ

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Image Source: Fun For Kidz Magazine

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

15. JACK AND JILL

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Image Source: U.S. Kids

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

16. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS

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Image Source: National Geographic

Bigger kids version of the “Little Kids” magazine with stories about animals, photos, games and more.
Ages: 6+
Issues and Cost / Year: 10 issues $12
Website: NationalGeographic.com

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