5 Fun Subscriptions for Curious Kids

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Looking for entertainment for when you stay close to home? Whether you have a tiny scientist, an avid storyteller or a curious kiddo that always wants to know “why,” these subscriptions will bring fun straight to your mailbox each month!

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The Young Scientists Club

The Young Scientists Club will intrigue your kids with monthly experiment kits. Kids begin with the Clifford the Big Red Dog Science Club, which is for ages 3 and up. Led by Elizabeth, Clifford, and all of their friends, your family will tackle hands-on experiments in areas including Rainbow Science, Water Science, and Kitchen Science.

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Older kids, ages 5 to 12, will enjoy the Magic School Bus Science Club, led by Ms. Frizzle and her students, which explores a more advanced range of topics, including fossils, volcanoes, the human body, and magnets.

Both subscriptions include access to an online clubhouse for extra activities.

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Little Passports

Expand your child's universe with the Little Passports adventures. The program offers three different sets, each of which begins with an initial discovery kit:

Each month, you will receive a package of themed activities and information from Max, Mia, and their dog, Toby. Explorers learn about transportation, landmarks, history, animals, music, world discoveries, and more. Subscriptions can be purchased monthly, for 6 months, or for a year. The World and USA editions also include an online component.

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Cricket Magazine Group

Cricket Magazine Group has magazines for kids ages 6 months all the way through 14 years old.

Looking to add stories to your baby's collection? Check out their board book-style magazine, Babybug, with stories and poems for babies ages 6 months to 3 years.

If your little one is fascinated by the world around them, try Click, an introduction to nature, science, and art for children ages 3 to 6. Learn what insects eat, why birds migrate, and the importance of recycling in a magazine that has large print and bold pictures to easily engage a preschooler.

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Have a child who always wants to know the “why” and “how”? They will enjoy Ask, a magazine for kids ages 6 to 9, which delves into inventions, science, and history. Learn why animals sleep, how the solar system was formed, and more. Our favorite so far? The article with tips for how to tell a good joke.

If your child loves to read, Spider, a magazine for ages 6 to 9, is full of stories, poems, and activities. There's even a page with Spider's mailbox if your child would like to send a letter.

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There are eleven magazines to choose from, and all of them offer the opportunity to add an online package.

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Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate, Inc. gift boxes are great for crafty and imaginative kids. They are best known for their Kiwi Crates for kids ages 4 to 8, which include 2-3 activities following a monthly theme, such as space, dinosaurs, or pirates.

They also offer Koala Crates with activities for the younger set, ages 3 to 4, along with two more advanced sets. Tinker Crates, for ages 9 to 14, offer hands-on science experiments, and growing artists will love the Doodle Crates, geared to ages 9 to 16, which focus on art and design.

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All sets can be purchased for single or ongoing subscriptions. Koala, Kiwi, and Tinker Crates come with a bonus magazine, and the Doodle Crates come with bonus project materials.

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National Geographic Kids

If you're looking for something to do that doesn't involve fizzy science projects or pulling out scissors and glue, National Geographic Kids is still one of the best children's magazines around. The photography is unparalleled and the text is highlighted by short, bright snippets, making it a fun read for big and small readers alike. It is geared for kids ages 6 to 14, so little ones ages 3 to 6 can start with National Geographic Little Kids.

In addition to the magazine, they offer a robust website with free games and interactive activities.

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What are your favorite finds for your little explorers? Share them in the comments!

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5 Fun Subscriptions for Curious Kids

Tracy Jensen is a writer, marketer, mother, fundraiser, marathoner, and music lover. A working, single mom of two kids ages six and five, she is notorious for doing things the hard way. In addition to writing for EverydayFamily, she survives suburban exile by blogging about life’s foibles at It Builds Character. She can be found at night ignoring the dishes and playing on Twitter. ... More

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