This afternoon I was in line in the grocery store. Behind me there was a woman and her daughter (who was about 7). As the mother put their groceries on the conveyor belt, the daughter flipped through a magazine and asked if they could buy it. Seeming utterly confused, the mother kept asking her why she would want to buy a magazine. I didn’t say anything, but just smiled. My daughters are younger than this girl, but they love getting their own magazines.
Despite what you may think, magazines can be a great thing for parents to buy for their kids (or let kids buy with their money). These magazines actually have a lot of potential benefits.
Magazines can actually offer a way for you to spend time with your child. Younger children may want you to read the stories with them or need your help to do the activities. With older children, you can read the articles together. You can also read the magazine (or even another copy of it or the magazine’s website) so that you can discuss it with your tweens and teens. Yes, they may laugh at you for knowing the newest Robert Pattinson gossip, but you’ll also be talking with each other (making it easier to talk about other more personal things).
Some children’s magazines are more educational than others, but they all have their benefits. First of all, they encourage kids to read. It makes my toddler want to be able to read the stories and to enjoy learning them through repetition. It encourages my preschooler to practice her letters. It helps teens who won’t pick up a book to read something.
Although some magazines, especially for teens, are mostly celeb gossip and fashion, there are educational magazines as well. National Geographic, for example, has a children’s magazines. Young children’s magazines usually have counting and letter activities as well as other educational segments.
Magazines can be used for many creative projects. My daughter loves the Charlie and Lola magazine that always comes with a craft kit. Many children’s magazines have activity sections in them to help foster creativity and independence. Even teens can enjoy cutting up their magazines to make collages and other creative projects. These can help foster creativity in your child, and it can be a lot of fun to work on these projects together.
At first, magazines may look expensive. However, they are usually well worth the price. My youngest daughter, for example, recently bought a Bob the Builder magazine. I paid (I think) about $2.40 for it. It came with two free toys (a car and digger and she loves them both). The magazine also came with a story section, coloring sections, educational activities, craft ideas, etc. My couple of bucks bought hours and hours of entertainment. She will keep playing with this magazine until it is literally in shreds.