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Your Big Backyard

Your Big Backyard

Spring 2012 Magazines
Ages: 4 - 7 yrs.
Newsstand Price: $3.50
Subscription Price: $19.95 / 10 Issues

Granted, my children are interested in animals and nature: however, with Big Backyard in the house, any child would be. The spectacular photos immediately draw the reader in, and related stories and activities let children participate in learning in different ways. There is enough consistency for a detailed understanding of different animals (such as several different stories and photo layouts on pandas, or on puffins), yet enough diversity in each piece that a child can find some animal in each issue that is appealing, fun, or brand new. As parents, we learned something new and interesting in each issue, and our children loved learning it before we did! This content stayed with our kids, and we heard about puffins and pandas and honeypot ants, even in the car, far away from the magazine read days earlier. From the clean, simple covers which immediately convey the theme of the issue and invites a child to learn more, to the fun activities throughout the book, this is a magazine that will have my children eagerly anticipating the mail delivery, and rereading previous issues.

Barbara Chamberlin   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Barbara Chamberlin researches and develops educational software and media at New Mexico State University's Learning Games Lab. She and her husband have two boys.

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