Cricket Children’s Educational Magazines Review

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It isn’t the price that counts, it is the thought behind it. ?Children do not like clothes for presents. ?What they want is toys. ?Who can blame them? ?Everyone normal enjoys FUN, FUN, FUN. ?Me, I like to give gifts that last, things that help kids learn–top choices always DVD’s, CD’s, books, and magazines.

Recently I was sent a review copy from the publisher of Cricket its September, 2011 issue of Ladybug., The Magazine for Young Children. ?Its 40 pages of stories, poems, songs, and colorful drawings are perfect learning tools for moms and dads to share with their little ones aged 3-6. ? ?Recognizing that many things children experience are universal helps them understand people and accept them. ?Reading about things important to kids help our young understand and grow.

I also received its Babybug. Its extra heavy pages, non-toxic ink, rounded corners, and staple free binding made me think of it as a book not a magazine for tots six months through three years. Simple recognizable pictures showing familiar things make it a solid educational tool to show colors, shapes, sizes, lessons in life, and more.

I then leafed through the pages of a couple of copies of Cicada written for high schoolers ages 14 and up.? 48 ad free pages of fiction and non-fiction stories, poems, art in colorful print (a trifle hard on these old peepers) has teen eye appeal and timeliness. Its well-written, age appropriate literary content is guaranteed to bring smiles and laughs along with real thinking skills. Its Call for Creative endeavors is a wonderful avenue to channel expression in artistic medias and writing.

Last, but certainly not least, I perused subject specific magazines geared for middle school years and ages 8-14.

(1) Cricket’s diversity of subjects and styles, non-fiction pieces, stories, legends, and poems are interesting and informative to both boys and girls. It encourages reading because tweens can identify to and relate with its timely topics, practical matters, and day-to-day concerns. Kids enjoy its cross-word puzzles and hand-on-activities and can even try their own hands at contests like the poetry one.

(2) Calliope’s Exploring World History touches on the world today, yesterday, and long ago. Highlighting places and cultures, this magazine is a quick read with every page full of factual information. Showcasing great ideas for democracy, government, discovery, war, bombing, canals; discoveries like the printing press, gunpowder, the light bulb, the locomotive; changing worlds of the dinosaur, man, science, communication; economies touched by the Depression, revolution; philosophy change by religion, unification, epidemic (not heavy textbook), its words and pictures promise no boredom. Its contests, example “I Can Create”, are mind-opening awesome.

(3) Dig is archaeology. Its features on sites, museums, and research articles on various societies from ancient to modern take is through changing times in an ever changing world. Antiquity’s rule, economics, practices, and traditions changed for reason. Exploring who, where, why, and what happened makes us understand more about life and how it evolves. Isolated places still hold many secrets. The earth has changed both underwater and on land.

(4) Faces is contemporary people, places, and cultures. Real life daily life, folktales. history, traditions, photos, maps, and more highlights an area and its legends. People do not often realize how places are explored, settled, and populated. Its men and women of a few generations back with time are our legends and our history. Along the trail there is much to learn by searching among the artifacts of time.

(5) Odyssey records trends in earth science, biology, ecology, computers, robotics, anything science. Its articles delve into the remote, the beautiful, the mysterious, often out of this world. I really appreciate its common-sense Staying Healthy It’s a Science pieces. In this new millennium alone, science has given the public almost immediate access to knowledge, knowledge that changes human judgment and perspective.

All these periodicals are award-winners. Annnual subscription for each is priced at c. $33.95. For more information, please go online to

The product(s) featured in this review was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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