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This last Christmas we decided to get the boys each a magazine subscription. I’d heard amazing things about the kid’s magazines Cricket, Spider, and Ladybug. They are high quality magazines with no advertising – just beautiful stories, poems, and activities. I knew it was just what we wanted to get them, but it was a little pricey for our budget.
When Christmas drew near, I found out magazines.com was having a 50% off sale on some of their magazines – including Spider and Ladybug! Plus, Ebates was offering a great cashback deal for magazines.com. After the discount and the cash back from Ebates, it worked out to only $15 total for both subscriptions.
If you don’t use Ebates and you shop online, you really should. It’s great to get cash back, and even a little bit can add up. You can search for sites you normally shop at, and it will tell you what kind of cash back you can get. They also do promotions where certain sites will give more cash back (which is how I was able to get these subscriptions for such a great price).
The boys were so excited when their magazines started showing up in the mail. Sean (2 1/2) got the Ladybug magazine (they also have a 0-3 years magazine called Babybug). We picked out Spider for Malcolm (4). Even though it’s targeted for slightly older kids, we wanted to get the boys each their own magazine. They end up sharing them, anyway, and we read the stories all together. Malcolm is even able to read parts of the stories from Ladybug.
The stories and poems are beautiful and well written, and the illustrations are incredible. I’ve been so impressed with the quality. And one of the things I love about these magazines is the activity that comes in the back of each issue. Sometimes it’s a little craft, sometimes a fun little book – but they are very well designed and made.
The February issue of Malcolm’s Spider magazine came with a fun little board game. The three of us played it together.
We all love these magazines. It’s one of the few magazines that I’ll be saving for the stories inside. We will definitely be renewing these subscriptions, and I’m really looking forward to trying out some of their other magazines as the boys get older.
Cricket (ages 9-14)