Two month's ago, my son finished his first year of Primary School and as I looked through the school workbooks he brought home at the end of term, I smiled proudly at the progress he'd made over the year with his drawing and writing.
But one particular page in his maths workbook made me laugh out loud. The task was to draw the correct number of fish, corresponding to the number printed on the page. So, in the first few boxes, he'd correctly drawn 2 fish and then 1 fish and then 3 fish. Then, clearly getting bored of drawing plain old dull fish, in the next box he'd correctly drawn 2 fish - but the first was definitely looking anxious and the second one was no ordinary fish - it was an angler fish, complete with teeth, evil eyes and lure. I cracked up, because this is so like my son - he absolutely loves anything to do with the natural world. He can name about every species of shark known to man and the Blue Planet DVDs which were given away free in The Sunday Times a year ago are still the most watched DVDs in our house.
So, when I was asked if I'd like to review National Geographic Kids Magazine, I said 'yes' very quickly!
The magazine states that it 'teaches children about the world around them in a fun and inventive way, whilst educating them about subjects such as science, technology and animals'. And it does exactly that.
As well as the main features, there are some lovely poster pages in the middle of the magazine, puzzles, comics and fun facts which both my children (ages 6 and 4) loved hearing about and looking at.
Regular features that appear in NG Kids include:
- Inside Scoop – The latest news and current affairs from around the globe
- Amazing Animals –Incredible from the animal kingdom, from heroic dogs to loved up tortoises.
- What’s Up? – The month’s hottest TV shows, movies, games and books
- Posters – Each issue contains four full colour posters, which allows kids to fully appreciate the world through stunning visuals, plus gives them something cool to stick up on their bedroom wall.
- Prize Planet- A double page spread dedicated to great competitions, giving children the opportunity to win some awesome prizes.
- Make it! -From tasty recipes to exciting experiments, National Geographic Kids has all the know-how! Children can get hands on and create their own masterpieces at home!
- Gifts - As well as the magazine, each month readers get a free gift, from glow in the dark putty to a Bug Box!
Overall, I was very impressed with the magazine - it's really well produced and very educational. My only gripe would be that I would rather the magazine didn't have the free packet of sweets or toy - it's a good enough magazine not to need these extra enticements, but nevertheless, I think a subscription to the magazine would make a lovely birthday present for any child.
To subscribe online with a 50% discount off the standard 12 month subscription price, click here. With this offer you'll receive 12 issues of National Geographic Kids Magazine for £20.
National Geographic Kids is aimed at children aged 6 to 14, who enjoy learning about the world and having fun!