Children can receive many gifts throughout the year, but magazines are a gift that keeps on giving the whole year through. Many kids especially love magazines with strange and interesting facts that they can share with their peers and adults, so children often find science magazines fascinating. There are numerous science magazines geared toward children on the market. The key is finding one that best suits the child for which you are purchasing the gift, including the right age bracket.
National Wildlife Federation Magazines
The National Wildlife Federation offers several kids magazines for various age groups. "Ranger Rick" is for children ages 7 to 14. "Your Big Backyard" is for children ages 4 to 7, and "Animal Baby" magazines are for children 2 to 4. As of 2011, one-year subscriptions of each magazine include 10 issues for approximately £13, and all profits benefit the National Wildlife Federation. These magazines have vivid colour images and include no advertising. Articles, stories and activities are focused around nature, animals and the environment.
National Geographic Kids and Little Kids
National Geographic supplies two options for kids: one for ages 6 to 14 and another for ages 3 to 6. Both include articles focused on nature, animals, world cultures and the environment, and both include games and word puzzles. As of 2011 one-year subscription of "National Geographic Kids" costs approximately £9 for 10 issues, and a one-year subscription of "National Geographic Little Kids" costs approximately £9 for six issues. National Geographic is world famous for its stunning colour images found in its publications.
"Kids Discover" magazine is centred around children ages 7 to 12 and offers a wide variety of topics in the natural world and social studies. "Kids Discover" attempts to provide a hands-on approach to learning. A subscription includes monthly issues, with a one-year subscription approximately £13, as of 2011. Each month's issue includes a non-fiction article with follow-up activities on the topic as well as colour photographs.
Cricket publishes 14 different kids magazines that focus on various subjects, including several science-based magazines. "Click" is for children ages 3 to 6 and features articles and activities in science and nature. "Ask" magazine, for children ages 6 to 9, features reccurring characters to explain various science topics. Each issue also includes a serial story that keeps kids interested in the next issue to come. "DIG" is archaeology based and is centred around the interests of children ages 9 to 14. "Odyssey" magazine is a science-themed magazine for ages 10 to 16. Content in "Odyssey" is heavily science based, including subjects like stars, molecules and crystals. As of 2011, one-year subscriptions to each Cricket magazine are £22.0 for nine issues per year.
Zoobooks comes in three versions: "Zoobies" for ages 0 to 2, "Zootles" for ages 2 to 6 and "Zoobooks" for ages 6 to 12. All "Zoobooks," "Zoobies" and "Zootles" magazines offer topics about various animals and include games, activities and crafts for children to extend their learning. A one-year subscription, as of 2011, is £12.90 for 10 issues of "Zoobooks" or six issues of "Zoobies" or "Zootles."