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25 Of The Best Magazines For Kids

How’s homeschool going? Same here! So how about using edutainment (education + entertainment) as part of the school day?

The best magazines for kids will teach and entertain and, most importantly, distract them from needing your attention 24/7!

We’ve rounded up our favourite magazines for kids of various ages; both hard copy and digital.

National Geographic Kids

Nat Geo Kids think it’s never been more important to get children engaged with the natural world and their mission is to inspire the next generation to protect this beautiful planet.

National Geographic Kids magazine

Their articles teach kids about the environment, animals, science, history and cultures.

The Week Junior

The Week Junior is a current affairs magazine for children aged between 8 and 14.

The Week Junior

It explains the news and events in safe, accessible ways that children understand. They are Britain’s fastest growing children’s magazine covering a wide array of topics from around the world.

The Week Junior discusses nature, science, technology, films, recipes, puzzles, geography, sport and books in ways to educate and entertain.

Journalist Jon Snow says: ‘The Week Junior is the best thing since Rubik invented his cube.’

Kids can also access the magazine via the brilliant The Week Junior podcast.

DOT

DOT is a quarterly magazine, ad-free and printed on recycled paper using vegetable ink. 

DOT magazine

Aimed at under 5s, DOT is filled with activities and games to encourage imagination and creativity. You can buy single issues for £5.50 or an annual subscription.

Anorak

Anorak – aka the ‘happy mag for kids’ – is aimed at children aged between 6 and 12 years and its content is designed to be enjoyed by everyone, including adults.

Anorak magazine

Anorak has launched a digital edition for the first time so your kids can read the magazine, wherever they are.

This edition is available for free to all subscribers until postal services to overseas destinations resume. It is downloadable from Anorak’s shop here.

Brilliant Brainz

Brilliant Brainz is a monthly print magazine for 6 to 12 year olds.

It’s multi-subject, with content written by teachers and educators, and includes; science and nature, philosophy, wellbeing, health, art, food, music, food, sport, books and more.

Brilliant Brainz magazine

Packed full of creative, colourful, inspiring and educational activities it will keep their brain cells buzzing.

Brilliant Brainz is gender neutral and is free from adverts and plastic. You get a free back issue with every annual subscription.

  • £3.99 per issue
  • £39.99 for a 12 month subscription

LEGO Life Magazine

LEGO® Life Magazine is for kids aged 5 to 9 years and is packed with comics, activities, posters and much more, all delivered right to your home four times a year.

LEGO Life Magazine

Sign up for your free copy via the LEGO website.

Kookie

An award-winning, girl-powered print magazine, Kookie gives girls age 7 to 12  bigger, brighter view of their place in the world.

In a market that often drums just one (very pink) message about being a girl, Kookie stands apart.

Kookie

With no advertising, fashion or beauty, each issue celebrates remarkable women role models and covers a lively range of subjects.

The mag has had exclusive reader interviews (dancer Darcey Bussell, space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, author Liz Pichon) illustrated profiles of remarkable women from history, to fun ideas (how to hold an awesome sleepover, how to be an inventor, how to plant a pizza garden).

They’ve also covered challenging environmental issues (from how to solve the problem of plastic in the ocean to bee conservation) to topical debate (should mobile phones be allowed in school?.

There’s also content on sport and science, activism and art, technology, craft, food, nature, original fiction and comics, quizzes, puzzles and competitions.

  • Single issue: £6.50
  • Subscription: £26/ year (four issues)

Scoop

Scoop Magazine is aimed at kids from age 7 and teenagers up to age 14.

The magazine brings together a host of incredible writers and illustrators who create original fiction, articles, poetry, puzzles, comics, games, activities and more.

Scoop

They explore everything from punk to painting, from science to poetry, from super-natural phenomena to playwriting.

Scoop aims to offer children a way into ideas and subjects through the very best story-telling, design and illustration.

Scoop is not curriculum-based but aims to educate through passion, curiosity and a unique mix of styles and voices.

They like to publish work from children so check out the Scoop Club page if your child would like to get involved.

  • Single issue: £6.50
  • Yearly subscription: £36.00.

Brainspace

Brainspace is a Canadian quarterly magazine for kids 8 to 14. With augmented reality technology, it is available in print and digital.

Brainspace

Kids can use the free Zapar app on any mobile device to access video maths demonstrations and science experiments by scanning the magazines pages.

Subscriptions are $25 + shipping (International $75 total CAD).

Kazoo

Kazoo: A Magazine for Girls who Aren’t Afraid to Make Some Noise is a new kind of print magazine for girls, 5 to 12; one that celebrates them for being strong, smart, fierce, and, above all, true to themselves.

Every 64-page, ad-free issue is packed with science, art, comics, games, inspiration and fun, which is why Kazoo has won three consecutive Parents’ Choice Gold Awards (2019, 2018, 2017).

Kazoo

Kazoo is the only kids’ magazine in history to win a National Magazine Award for General Excellence (2019). 

Kazoo develops all of our stories with top experts in their fields, and experts have included Jane Goodall, Misty Copeland, Ellen DeGeneres, Shonda Rhimes, Margaret Atwood, Jacqueline Woodson, Dolores Huerta, Greta Thunberg to name just a few!

Annual subscriptions cost $68USD for international subscriptions ($39.99US for US-subscribers, $55USD for Canadian subscribers.

Okido

OKIDO magazine is the monthly, fully illustrated art and science magazine for young children age 3 to 7 and their families.

OKIDO contains no adverts, is made in the UK using FSC paper and printed with vegetable, biodegradable inks.

OKIDO

The content is created by a small team of scientists and artists and includes great characters, stories, poems, recipes, experiments, activities, puzzles, doodles, games and more with regular characters: Messy Monster, Zim, Zam, Zoom, Felix, Zoe, Squirrel Boy and Find Foxy.

Each issue of OKIDO is centred on a different theme – May 2020 is all about viruses – and past issues include; planets, poo and wee, dinosaurs, animals, dirt and hair to name a few.

The issue discusses the theme using simple, everyday science and includes easy to do-at-home activities created in collaboration with the British Science Association using recycled materials, everyday objects and junk.

Most copies of OKIDO magazine are kept by families for many years, just as you would a favourite book, and used as a constant source of reference.

  • Cost: £5.20 per issue
  • £30 for a six month subscription
  • £50 for a 12 month subscription

The Caterpillar

Suitable for 7-11 year olds, The Caterpillar features poetry, short stories and artwork from some of the world’s finest practitioners – the likes of Michael Morpurgo, Dennis Lee (the man who wrote the words to Fraggle Rock!), Chrissie Gittins and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

The Caterpillar

It’s bright and beautiful and there’s lots to educate and entertain.

  • Single issue: £5/€7
  • Annual sub: €28 (Ireland/UK)
  • €32 ROW (postage included in those prices) 

Eco Kids Planet

Eco Kids Planet aims to take children on an extraordinary green adventure to explore wildlife secrets, struggles and super-skills.

Each ad-free monthly issue is packed with fascinating features, stunning photographs and fun hands-on activities.

Eco Kids Planet

“My daughters love reading about wildlife and the planet, it’s great for them to hear this from another source (not just me!) as this helps to cement their desire to protect or planet. It also gives them facts and figures they’re wouldn’t otherwise have access to. It’s brilliant and we all love it!” Anna

“It is really wonderful to watch my eight year old son completely engaged in reading eco kids planet. He loves nature and now he loves reading too.” Laurie 

Eco Kids Planet won a Parents’ Choice Gold Award in 2020, 2019 and 2018.

Some of our other favourite magazines for kids include:

What are your favourite magazines for kids?

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