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kids' mail subscriptions

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 6:47 2018
by melsbells
Does anyone get a box or magazine subscription for their kid? Any you would recommend?

My mom had the idea of giving my kid Little Passports but they don't ship to Finland. Kiwico has a similar line that will come here, but there's still the concern about how well they're teaching about different cultures, how much does it other and ignore colonialism? Does it cross the line from appreciating world cultures into consuming cultures for entertainment?

I think the concept is good. My kid would really enjoy some kind of activity subscription and I thank the world based ones would make my mom feel more connected to her overseas grandchild, but maybe science or art based is safer.

Edited to fix links.

Re: kids' mail subscriptions

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 12:35 2018
by Sonic#
We may sign up for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, which mails a book a month to kids until they reach kindergarten. I know we've also floated the idea of getting a magazine subscription, but we really don't know what to get.

Re: kids' mail subscriptions

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 13:10 2018
by melsbells
I hadn't heard of that before. The books chosen for this past year look like they have decent representation, which I wasn't expecting at all.

Re: kids' mail subscriptions

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 15:59 2018
by antfancier
My kid has been getting the Highlights Hello magazine subscription for a couple of years. He seems to really like the books and I’ve been happy with them. He’s probably ready to move on to the older age group though, and I don’t know much about them.

The Little Feminist concept looks great, but I haven’t seen what the subscription entails in real life:

Re: kids' mail subscriptions

Posted: Wed Dec 5, 11:44 2018
by melsbells
The books on Little Feminist look really great, lots of books featuring actual people instead of anthropomorphic animals.

I remember having a Highlights magazine once or twice as a kid, but I don't remember being interested in it or a connection to books.

Re: kids' mail subscriptions

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 19:56 2018
by rowan
I don't know that specific Kiwico line, they only had two lines when I looked at them last. We did their Tinker Crate for a couple years and enjoyed them but after a while we just didn't get to them and we still have a shelf full of unopened boxes.

Re: kids' mail subscriptions

Posted: Wed Jan 9, 12:41 2019
by melsbells
We got the first box last week. Kid wanted to do the whole thing in one sitting, which was tough. He has a hard time stopping something, even when it's obvious he needs a break. He doesn't have the best conception of time yet either and kept talking about the box that would come tomorrow. So getting something once a month might help pin down the passage of time. As far as my concerns, we had a great opportunity (when he was disappointed that the Europe page didn't say anything about Finland) to talk about how a single page on a whole continent or even an individual country can't tell us what a place and culture is like. Bavaria was mentioned, so we also got to talk about how our German friend feels when people only think of Bavarian things when thinking of Germany, which she doesn't feel a connection to.