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quelindo's Avatar quelindo 04:21 PM 09-22-2010
My son is very into space and natural disasters, among other things, and can understand concepts way beyond his age. I'm thinking of subscribing to a science magazine for him, but I don't know what's out there. It can be for a slightly older age group as long as I'm reassured that it's not TOO old for him.

Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks!

momtokea's Avatar momtokea 06:06 PM 09-22-2010
We really like KNOW magazine.
http://www.knowmag.ca/
heatherdeg's Avatar heatherdeg 12:52 AM 09-23-2010
Not cheap, but we LOVE Click and because my son is a bit ahead (and 6-1/2) we've moved on to the next level of it (Ask)

I'd never heard of "Know" but I'll have to look at that. We also like Kids Discover, but I just checked and it's for 7-12yo.
LemonPie's Avatar LemonPie 02:27 AM 09-23-2010
Discover has a kid's magazine called Kids Discover . DH subscribes to Discover and they sent a sample of the kids one. My 7 yo was interested in it and asked to subscribe, so I sent the card off.
Fuamami's Avatar Fuamami 02:37 AM 09-23-2010
We love Click! Great grandparent gift idea, because the pp is right - it's not cheap.

Hate Your Big Backyard and National Geographic Kids magazine. I would stay away from those.
Geerbabe's Avatar Geerbabe 04:44 AM 09-23-2010
I second the vote for KNOW. It's awesome!
AAK's Avatar AAK 06:26 PM 09-23-2010
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We love Click! Great grandparent gift idea, because the pp is right - it's not cheap.

Hate Your Big Backyard and National Geographic Kids magazine. I would stay away from those.
Why do you hate Nat. Geog. Kids? I just ordered it a week or so ago hoping that it would be a good one.

Amy
heatherdeg's Avatar heatherdeg 07:01 PM 09-23-2010
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Why do you hate Nat. Geog. Kids? I just ordered it a week or so ago hoping that it would be a good one.

Amy
Nat Geo kids is FULL of ads... it's like a kids meal from any fast-food restaurant chock full of the latest Disney film's characters, etc. Very annoying. My son had no idea that Kung Fu Panda existed until Nat Geo Kids.
tammyw's Avatar tammyw 08:26 PM 09-23-2010
We've had Know before and it's pretty good! I just ordered (from this thread) Kids Discover for mine (4 and 7.5). Can't wait to get it now! I'm sort of tempted by their past issue packets but I'll wait to see what the magazine is like first!
AAK's Avatar AAK 08:35 PM 09-23-2010
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Nat Geo kids is FULL of ads... it's like a kids meal from any fast-food restaurant chock full of the latest Disney film's characters, etc. Very annoying. My son had no idea that Kung Fu Panda existed until Nat Geo Kids.
Well, crud. I usually avoid those. That darn mag is always checked out at our library so I was hoping that it was because it was really good. We also love Discover Kids, Ask, and Odyssey--but I can usually get some of those at the library.

Amy
Mama Rana's Avatar Mama Rana 09:12 PM 09-23-2010
Do Click and/or Know cover a variety of subjects, not just animals? I want a magazine that covers all the kinds of sciences, not just Life Science.

My son [6] loves that show, Popular Mechanics for Kids, and I wish wish wish they'd come out with a magazine version!
tankgirl73's Avatar tankgirl73 12:32 AM 09-24-2010
I'll also recommend KNOW. We've subscribed to YES! for several years -- that's their older kids' magazine. In fact, my son just won a book and a t-shirt from this month's caption contest!

I haven't actually seen KNOW, but we love YES so much that we will definitely get KNOW for my daughter when she's a bit older (she's only 3).
lach's Avatar lach 02:58 AM 09-24-2010
Click is GREAT. All of the magazines published by them are. No ads, and really well written and illustrated. Each magazine has a theme. The last one was about mountains, and DH and I spent all afternoon reading it saying "wow, I never knew that!" There was an article about volcanoes, and one about hiking Mount Everest, and a cartoon story about hiking up a nature trail (there's a cartoon story in each issue about these same characters), and an article about animals who live on mountains, and a bunch more than I'm forgetting. It says ages 3-6, but my 3yo is still a bit too young for it. I think a 4yo would understand a lot more.

It's more expensive than most kids magazines, but I think that you really get what you pay for. We also subscribe to Babybug, and DD sleeps with just about every back issue we have.

Another vote for avoiding National Geographic Kids. I subscribed when I was a kid and it first came out and I really liked it. They redid it sometime between now and then, and made it much more "commercial." It's all ads and Bright!Flashy!Stories! of extremely dubious educational merit now. Every issue I've seen seems to be revolving around a blockbuster movie, some of which I don't even think are particularly appropriate for a preschooler (Pirates of the Caribbean? Maybe I'm just a fuddy duddy? I thought it was a really fun movie, and I've seen it a few times... but it wouldn't even occur to me to show it to DD for years to come!)
JuniperBCN's Avatar JuniperBCN 06:49 AM 09-24-2010
Are there 2 Nat'l Geographics, one for littles and another? Because we get one as a gift from my mum, and while it's not great, the kids LOVE it and it doesn't really have ads. There are some tie ins to Toot and Puddle and Mama Mirabelle, but my kids don't realize that they are shows, they just think that they are characters who appear in the magazine.
quelindo's Avatar quelindo 11:19 AM 09-24-2010
Wow, thanks for all the great replies! I'll have some researching to do for sure. I'm excited to learn along with my son.
pigpokey's Avatar pigpokey 11:28 AM 09-24-2010
OK, I'm intrigued but a bit confused. What would be the best magazine for a 5.5 year old who is a 4th grade reader?
ocelotmom's Avatar ocelotmom 01:06 PM 09-24-2010
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Nat Geo kids is FULL of ads... it's like a kids meal from any fast-food restaurant chock full of the latest Disney film's characters, etc. Very annoying. My son had no idea that Kung Fu Panda existed until Nat Geo Kids.
Yes, this. People keep buying DS gift subscriptions to Nat Geo Kids, and I can't quite bring myself to tell them to PLEASE get him something else instead. Definitely high on commercialism, low on substance, and every issue leads to requests for something or other.

It struck me that the normal National Geographic is similarly full of ads (though it definitely has more substance in the articles!). Just that adults tend to have somewhat better ad-filters in place.

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Are there 2 Nat'l Geographics, one for littles and another? Because we get one as a gift from my mum, and while it's not great, the kids LOVE it and it doesn't really have ads. There are some tie ins to Toot and Puddle and Mama Mirabelle, but my kids don't realize that they are shows, they just think that they are characters who appear in the magazine.
Yes, there's a little kids one aimed at toddlers/preschoolers, and National Geographic Kids, which is aimed at elementary, which is the one we all have a problem with. I've never actually seen the one for little kids, so can't comment on that.
Jennifer3141's Avatar Jennifer3141 08:14 PM 09-24-2010
We loved the little kids NG magazine. That was definitely better than the mags for bigger kids. So I can see why someone would be confused. I kept subscribing long last the kids' ages because I knew the bigger kids' mag was awful. I peeked at last month's issue while at the library today and counted mroe ad pages than articles. Yikes!
JoyMC's Avatar JoyMC 08:34 PM 09-24-2010
another hater of NG Kids, but i'm excited to look into some of the other suggestions here ...
quelindo's Avatar quelindo 08:54 PM 09-24-2010
I checked out Click, and it looks great, but do you think it might be too "easy" for a five-year old who can explain how black holes work? I'm wondering if we should move up into one of their magazines aimed at 6-9 year olds...
tankgirl73's Avatar tankgirl73 09:30 PM 09-24-2010
Haha... I think an age range of 6-9 would be suitable for a keen 5yo. I recall that we subscribed to YES! a year before the suggest age range and we were fine. Worst case scenario, you have to help him read and understand a few things. If they're keen on science, I'd rather err on the side of a little bit challenging than not challenging enough.

If it was a kid who was resistant to science, I'd be more inclined to stick with the easier stuff, so they can focus instead on how fun it is without struggling with understanding it. But it doesn't sound like you have that problem.
tankgirl73's Avatar tankgirl73 09:34 PM 09-24-2010
Oh, one more thing -- with the Cricket line of magazines, you can transfer your subscription to ANY OTHER MAGAZINE they publish at any time!!! So if you try the older magazine and it's too old, just call them and they'll switch it. Or vice versa, if you try Click and it's too easy.

We've done this a couple times, DS subscribes to several of their publications and we've changed a few over the years as he got older and his interests changed. It was always as easy as that -- give them a call, talk about our options, change the subscriptions, bam, done.
kristin0713's Avatar kristin0713 10:27 PM 09-24-2010
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Hate Your Big Backyard
Just wondering why you hate Your Big Backyard? We've been getting this for awhile now, FIL got it for DD as a gift. There are no ads. I wouldn't say that it is packed with tons of info in every issue, but I've found it to have a lot of good info about different animals throughout, as well as a craft here and there, a fun food idea, and book recommendations. DD and I read through it in one sitting and we both always learn something new. I'm not trying to defend it by any means, but I am curious about the negative comment since I haven't noticed anything objectionable.
Bena's Avatar Bena 10:46 PM 09-24-2010
Another fan of Yes! mag here!!!!
Marimami's Avatar Marimami 11:11 PM 09-24-2010
I'm not that fond of Click for a 5-year old sciencey kid. DH's parents asked for suggestions for a magazine for her last year (when she was 5), and I suggested Ask would be appropriate (she was 5). They, whom have met their grand-daughter a total of 3 times, if I recall, decided to ignore my suggestion, stick to the age recommendations instead, and got her Click.

I have a sciencey kid, an it was not the right level for her. I wish I had known that I could swap her subscription!

I think we're going to try Know or Kids Discover now instead, though.

Holli
quelindo's Avatar quelindo 12:28 PM 09-25-2010
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I'm not that fond of Click for a 5-year old sciencey kid. DH's parents asked for suggestions for a magazine for her last year (when she was 5), and I suggested Ask would be appropriate (she was 5). They, whom have met their grand-daughter a total of 3 times, if I recall, decided to ignore my suggestion, stick to the age recommendations instead, and got her Click.

I have a sciencey kid, an it was not the right level for her. I wish I had known that I could swap her subscription!
Thanks! I think we're going to go with Ask. It will be a Christmas gift so my DS will be almost 5.5 y.o. at that point anyway.
Lisa1970's Avatar Lisa1970 02:26 PM 09-25-2010
I think I get Discover for Kids and maybe National Geographic for Kids. They seem a little ahead for the average 5 yr old, but if your child is really in to it, he might really like them. If not, you can hold on to them for when he is ready, so no loss on getting the subscription.
momtokea's Avatar momtokea 03:59 AM 09-26-2010
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Just wondering why you hate Your Big Backyard? We've been getting this for awhile now, FIL got it for DD as a gift. There are no ads. I wouldn't say that it is packed with tons of info in every issue, but I've found it to have a lot of good info about different animals throughout, as well as a craft here and there, a fun food idea, and book recommendations. DD and I read through it in one sitting and we both always learn something new. I'm not trying to defend it by any means, but I am curious about the negative comment since I haven't noticed anything objectionable.
I was wondering this, too. We have been getting Your Big Backyard for years for our kids and we love it. It's simple, but has great pictures and just enough info... not too much but just right for a young child.
heatherdeg's Avatar heatherdeg 03:34 PM 09-26-2010
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Are there 2 Nat'l Geographics, one for littles and another?
Yes, there are two NG Kids mags. One is for the preschool age range and one is for the older (K+ range). I think one is "kids" and one is "little kids".

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OK, I'm intrigued but a bit confused. What would be the best magazine for a 5.5 year old who is a 4th grade reader?
That was my son. He actually did really well with Ask and Kids Discover. That being said, I found that he really enjoyed stuff written for his AGE (vs. his ability age-equivalent) as well because it was an easy read, but intellectually, he was still 5--ya know? So the content was still interesting for him and it wasn't a challenge to read. Kind of like when they like playing baby toys because they've already mastered it kind of thing.


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I checked out Click, and it looks great, but do you think it might be too "easy" for a five-year old who can explain how black holes work? I'm wondering if we should move up into one of their magazines aimed at 6-9 year olds...
That was my kid, too. That being said, my kid was heavy on the solar system and weather where the magazine explored other science areas. So it worked for us. And because he was a "science" kid, he ate it up. That being said, Kids Discover is more in depth and each issue covers a single topic from many angles--so that may be one to look for, too.


[QUOTE=Marimami;15880691I think we're going to try Know or Kids Discover now instead, though.[/QUOTE]

I haven't seen Know yet, but Kids Discover would probably be a great fit. See comment just above.
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