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This review of Highlights for Children magazines is part of the Second Annual Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide hosted by Natural Parents Network!
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Review of Highlights for ChildrenWithout further ado, here is my review — thank you for reading and entering!
This is a joint review and giveaway of Highlights for Children magazines between Natural Parents Network and Hobo Mama.
|Pages of Puzzlemania, one of many fun Highlights options|
About Highlights for ChildrenHighlights has the perfect magazines for any child: Hello for ages 0-2, High Five for ages 2-6, and Highlights for ages 6-12, plus puzzle, geography, hidden pictures, and math magazines as well as educational books and toys.
Highlights has been publishing "fun with a purpose" since 1946, and today's editions include engaging illustrations and enjoyable extras like stickers and cut-outs to engage any kid's interest. A subscription to one of Highlights' many magazines would make a perfect gift for a child of any age and a family interested in home learning.
My experienceOur family has been reading Highlights magazines since … oh, right … since I was a kid! For all I know, my parents read them, too. Who here remembers the old-school Goofus & Gallant, where Goofus had the ultra surfer bangs? Good times.
So I was excited when my mother-in-law introduced us through gift subscriptions to the next generation of Highlights products, which go far beyond one offering. There are now magazines for every age group, from babies on up to tweens.
|Adorable preschool Mikko cutting game cards from High Five|
There's a new magazine for babies and toddlers called Hello, which looks really sweet. This tear-proof magazine encourages parents and little ones to read and do simple activities together.
We've loved High Five for the engaging stories, Spanish language learning, easy-to-follow recipes to cook, simple crafts, full-body exercises, whimsical poems, easy puzzles and games, and charming illustrations.
The next step up is Highlights, for ages 6-12, which builds reading and logic skills through fiction, nonfiction, topical learning, and puzzles.
Mikko has also passed on his Puzzle Buzz club to his little brother, which is an interactive puzzle magazine with lots of stickers. The stickers sell it, man. They make jigsaw puzzles and Hidden Pictures come alive. There are also silly searches and noticing differences, giving kids a good brain workout in patterns, matching, and logic.
|Working on a magazine with the grandparent gift giver herself|
Mikko graduated to Puzzlemania, which is for ages 7+. It requires more reading (which he's not doing yet, so we help), but it's a good mix of challenges for a variety of elementary-to-tween ages. He loves math, so he's got his eye on Mathmania, which is all math-themed puzzles. (Mayhap Grandma will hear his plaintive cries for Christmas….)
|Writing the answers to Which Way USA? on his arm. Why? Why, indeed.|
He's also really into geography, so Grandma signed him up for Which Way USA? — a bound pack of two states comes in the mailbox. A map for each state guides us through the puzzles to discover clues about famous objects, people, and places. We happened upon Top Secret Adventures from the flyers that come along with his subscription, and we knew that was perfect for him, too, so had to grab it: A packet on a different country comes along with a guidebook, a keychain, and a set of bad-guy cards. As super spies, we work through the puzzles, learning about the country as we go, to determine which bad guy stole what from the host country.
As you can tell, Highlights for Children magazines are all about education … but the kids have no idea. They're just so dang fun!
ExtrasThe website offers bonus online features, such as audio stories, parents' guides, and online games.
There's also a Classroom Store for teachers interested in incorporating the fun of Highlights into a school, with Classroom Rewards and a Teacher Toolbox.
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BUY IT!You can purchase your own 12-month subscription at Highlights.com for $34.44.
Discounted multi-year and gift subscriptions are available and perfect for holiday gifting. If your child outgrows one magazine before your subscription ends, you can switch to the next age group up at no extra cost. If you buy a gift, you can send a special printable card to the child announcing the subscription. I love that a subscription is such a useful, experiential present — instead of clutter, your kid receives months of continuing fun and learning! As a homeschooling family, I can honestly say our subscriptions have been some of the best presents we've ever received for our children.
Highlights has magazines for every age group: Hello for ages 0-2, High Five for ages 2-6, and Highlights for ages 6-12 — plus puzzle clubs for multiple interests: Puzzle Buzz, Puzzlemania, Which Way USA?, Top Secret Adventures, Hidden Pictures, and Mathmania. The store also features educational books, toys, science kits, and puzzles.
Right now, there's a great coupon code for the holidays on toys, books, and educational gifts:
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