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We love kids magazines and my girls especially love the science magazines. When our Ranger Rick Jr. subscription ran out, I couldn’t find a good deal, so we bought Zootles instead. Here are our thoughts on which we like better.
- About 17 pages
- Thick pages
- Sponsored by a letter, color, concept (big/small), number (2 of 4)
- Age 3-6
- Animal theme/focus, too
- $29.95 normal price/yr
- Contents reinforce sponsors
- Small boxes of info–easy to digest
- Pictures & illustrations
- Resource corner with more info + additional resources online & activity for older kids (k level)
- Short story – longer attention span
- Has audio book version for car
- Comic on back cover
Ranger Rick Jr
- 34 pages
- Pages are thinner
- Variation of topics within an issue
- 10 issues
- Ages 4-7
Ranger Rick Jr. Content
- Photos & illustrations – short bursts of reading
- Bonnie & Chester rebus story
- Ricky & pals story – longer attn span
- Hands on activities, mailed projects/pics from kids
- Longer feature story
- Shorter ‘extra’ stories
- Fun facts about animals (that’s wild!)
Overall, my girls have found Ranger Rick Jr. to be more engaging. The content was more fun, had more activities & was longer. Its much harder to find a deal on, but at almost twice as big as Zootles, I would definitely spring for Ranger Rick Jr. at full price. The other thing I liked about Ranger Rick Jr was that despite the fact its put out by the NWF, there is no garbage content in it (global warming, etc) — it’s really just about animals and nature.
Also, it does say for ages 4-7, but I found that I moved Dagny up to Ranger Rick at age 5 and she’s been pretty happy with that change. I would call these more toddler/preschool level magazines.
If you watch deal sites like Zulily, Plum District or others, you can often find both at a discount.
What magazines do your kids enjoy?