The best magazines for pre-school children

Updated April 17, 2017

Colourfully illustrated preschool magazines provide photos, stories and educational activities to encourage a child's creativity. Parents can choose from a range of magazines that fit the age and interests of their child. The magazines offer plenty of opportunities for interaction between parent and child.

Highlights High Five

Highlights "High Five" is the spin-off magazine designed for preschoolers. It's published by the same company that produces "Highlights for Kids" magazine. "High Five," which is geared toward children ages 3 to 5, includes pictures, activities, simple recipes, crafts, poems and introductions to other languages.

National Geographic "Little Kids"

National Geographic's "NG Little Kids," is geared towards children ages 3 to 6. The magazine focuses on nature and wildlife with educational information and lots of photographs. The animal stories, puzzles and games help young children to become more aware of the natural world. "NG Little Kids" maintains a free website that contains age-appropriate online games, videos of wild animals and colouring book printouts.

National Wildlife Federation "Your Big Backyard"

Winner of a 2010 Parent's Choice Gold Award, "Your Big Backyard" magazine was created for children ages 3 to 7. Each magazine helps children learn to love and protect the environment. Preschoolers learn about nature and wildlife through games, trivia, and other activities. The NWF "Your Big Backyard" website offers bonus educational games, crafts, recipes and teaching tips for parents.

National Wildlife Federation "Wild Animal Baby"

National Wildlife Federation's "Wild Animal Baby" is appropriate for older toddlers ages 2 to 4. With colourful illustrations, big pictures and stories in large text, the NWF seeks to introduce very young children to the world of nature, while learning to recognise shapes, colours and numbers.

Turtle Magazine for Preschool Kids

"Turtle Magazine for Preschool Kids," geared to children ages 3 to 5, is published by U.S. Kids, the same company that publishes older children's magazines "Jack & Jill" and "Humpty Dumpty." "Turtle" magazine encourages parent/child interaction with read-aloud stories, hidden picture games, easy science experiments, a children's art gallery and healthy recipes.


"Ladybug," geared for children ages 2 to 6, contains illustrations and stories for reading aloud, and simple stories for beginning readers. Poems, activity pages and comics are also included. In the back of the magazine. A section for parents contains a parenting article, a list of recommended books and more activities to share with children.

Thomas and Friends Magazine

A companion to the popular "Thomas and Friends" books and toys, "Thomas and Friends Magazine," is geared to children ages 3 to 5. It contains magical stories of Thomas and his friends, posters, educational activities and a pull-out work book.

Preschool Friends

Each issue of "Preschool Friends" magazine contains stories, posters and educational activities with children's favourite characters, such as Bob the Builder, Curious George and Paddington Bear. It is published bimonthly for ages 3 to 8.

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Ann Moore has been an English instructor for over 20 years and started writing professionally in 2011. After teaching junior high and high school, she now teaches writing at Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence, South Carolina. Moore enjoys writing articles about animals, education, culture and society, health and fitness, and home and garden. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University.