The thrill of summer won’t last forever—it likely won’t even last the whole summer. So when the kids have exhausted the fun of playing outside or that first rainy day strikes, you’d better have a backup plan.
One summer, my mom took my brother and me to get our first library cards—and we wore them out much to her delight. Another summer, we played tourist in our own town, taking in all the museums and sights we could.
In addition to those two options, some of our customers’ favorite magazines are full of fun for the kids—or offer lots of ideas for parents, grandparents and babysitters. Here’s five titles our customers recommend for their kid-friendly ideas.
1. Highlights: Stories, cartoons, jokes and puzzles will keep kids entertained—maybe even quiet—while simple craft projects and science experiments may require some adult assistance. For a limited time, this must-have magazine subscription is available for more than $5 off a one-year subscription.
2. FamilyFun: For activities the whole group can enjoy, the crafts, recipes and games that fill each issue will allow for all types of creative expression. For example, this Sparkling Ice Crystal Ornament can be completed by younger children with some supervision or independently by older ones.
3. YUM Food & Fun For Kids: Budding chefs or a curious cooks won’t mind being cooped up for a day or two with all of the simple, yet creative ideas in this magazine that can be made by them or for them. Best thing is it makes cooking fun and may encourage more adventurous eating habits.
4. Kiwi: In addition to being packed with tips and product suggestions for the eco-conscious parent, this magazine offers “green” craft ideas and easy-to-make recipes, like this Dessert Pizza, for the kids whip up and enjoy. There’s even teaching tools to help your child grow up with Mother Earth in mind.
5. National Geographic Kids: Little animal lovers will get a kick out of this kid-friendly version of this magazine that features stories about animals, science and technology, plus posters, puzzles, games and trading cards. Though it’s intended for ages 6 and up, some customers say even younger children enjoy looking at the animal photos.