With so many technological advances breaking into our lives through iPads, smartphones and gaming gadgets; developing an interest of reading among children is becoming extremely difficult.
If you really wish that kids should develop this habit, then it’s a good idea to introduce magazines to children as they offer small stories with lots of pictures, and fun activities for kids. Children are likely to find reading such stories less daunting, while this makes them habitual of reading long stories eventually too.
Reading magazines fills up your child with interesting facts, knowledge and lots of information that can come in very handy and even equip them to tackle life’s everyday’s challenges as they grow. The exposure to words will invariably enrich their vocabulary and improve their speaking and writing fluency as well.
Most of the children’s magazines include age-appropriate, challenging activities that can develop their analytical, logical and comprehension skills. Bits and trivia included in most magazines can work wonders on your kids’ general knowledge and improve their memory too.
Listed below are some of the best children’s magazines you can find in India for various age groups:
Age: 3-6 years Type: Weekly Cost: Rs 15
I completely swear by this magazine. My daughter and I pored into this magazine week after week when she was just 3 till she turned 6-6.5 years; when she finally outgrew it. Very thoughtfully put together, this magazine has a wonderful variety of stories and activities for pre-schoolers. Activities related to numbers, alphabet recognition and reading skills, activities like mazes and puzzles for developing logical and reasoning skills, are all designed to put children at ease with these concepts.
Comic series like Lutappi, Dilly and Willy are hot favourites with children and the freebies that come with every issue like a mask, a sticker or a small toy, keeps children looking forward to the next one.
2. Children’s Magazine
Age: 4-9 years Type: Monthly Cost: Rs 40
With simple language and very readable font, this magazine comprises enchanting stories with attractive illustrations. As all stories are written in the Indian context, children can instantly relate to it. The magazine also carries plenty of activities for children to work on.
A. Highlights Genies
Age: 2-6 years Type: Monthly Cost: Rs 40
“Highlights for Children” magazine has been one of the most popular kids’ magazines in USA since the late 90s. They launched children’s magazines in India in 2012 and are slowly gaining popularity for their phenomenal quality of content as per today’s children’s interests.
“Highlights Genies” is targeted for the children of younger age group (2-6 years) and includes several interesting stories, poems and engaging activities.
B. Highlights Champs
Age: 6-12 years Type: Monthly Cost: Rs 40
Highlights Champs is targeted at 6-12 year olds and has exceptional content by way of stories, games, puzzles, riddles, jokes, science experiments and craft activities.
Definitely a good pick!
Age: 3-6 years Type: Monthly Cost: Rs 100
The price of this magazine, no doubt is steep, but it is good value for money, as the magazine has well researched content that opens up a whole new world of learning for your pre-schooler. Watch your tot get engrossed in reading, writing, counting, drawing and more with TOOT.
Age: 6-12 years Type: Monthly Cost: Rs 100
With a collection of articles on science, history, geography and general knowledge, this magazine is sure to help your growing child expand his/ her knowledge much beyond academics!
The content in the magazine is carefully selected and attractively designed, making it very engrossing for kids. As the magazine is somewhat steeply priced, it is not found very easily on newsstands, but you can subscribe online.
6. Kids Explore
Age: 6-12 years Type: Fortnightly Cost: Rs 20
This magazine once again stands out for its content, though paper quality is compromised on, which is acceptable, considering the price. With 40 odd pages of power packed content, this is one magazine every child should be reading in his/ her growing years. The magazine also has a dedicated parents section. Best part? You can also order for a sample online if you want to check it out before subscribing.
Age: 7-12 Type: Monthly Cost: Rs 30
This is one of the oldest children’s magazines in India. Filled with folktales, mythology and historic fables, this magazine is very entertaining and is a great way to get children acquainted with the culture and history of India. The magazine has made several changes over the years to include articles on current events, sports and technology. It is available in several languages and it is a good idea to let your child spruce up his mother tongue through this magazine.
8. Junior Chandamama
Age: 4-7 years Type: Monthly Cost: Rs 20
Coming from the publishers of Chandamama, this new publication is targeted towards younger children with the theme remaining mostly the same covering history, mythology and folklore.
Age: 5-90 years Type: Monthly Cost: Rs 50
Coming from the pioneers of children’s books in India, this magazine has been a favourite for generations now! Who can ever outgrow the rib-tickling parables of Supandi, Tantri the Mantri or ShikhariShambu or the friendly wise advice of Kalia the Crow? Their new additions like Defective Detectives and Super Wierdos are equally fixating! In addition to the captivating stories, the magazine also includes several trivia and information, making it a very good read.
Age: 4+ Type: Fortnightly Cost: Rs 30
With the reputation of being the largest read children’s magazine in India, this magazine strives to help children understand our moral values with riveting stories. An assortment of short stories, comic strips, puzzles and brain teasers makes this magazine a hot favourite with kids.
Age: 6-15 years Type: Weekly Cost: Rs 25
This award winning weekly newspaper for children covers a plethora of topics right from current events, sports, happening in the world of science and technology, travel and all basically all news that children can safely read. The range of content wonderfully put together is sure to create tremendous awareness in your child, in addition to stimulating their interest in learning.
Each issue has a special Junior RobinAge supplement with fun activities to cater to younger children. What’s more? RobinAge strongly encourages contributions from their young readers so much so, that 25% of the content in the magazine is created by children!
12. Tell Me Why
Age: 7+ Type: Monthly Cost: Rs 30
Coming from Manorama publications, this magazine is a monthly bible of facts including interesting facts, fun facts, weird facts and more facts. If you have a child hungry for information, then look no further, this is the magazine for you.