Do your children read magazines? Zachary absolutely loves Chirp magazine. We have been subscribers since he was 3 years old. He loves it so much that he wants to read it over and over.
Chirp has monthly themed issues that tie closely with seasons or celebrations. I love how it has consistent features each month that Zach looks forward to.
What are our favourite features? There are several comic strips and those are Zach’s favourites. He almost always turns to those pages first when the magazines arrive. The Vole Brothers comic is his favourite.
He’s also in a drawing and doodling phase. His confidence in drawing has really blossomed over the past few months so the drawing prompts really appeal to him. The hamster house drawing prompt that was featured in the September issue helped him to learn all about taking care of a hamster. He wants a pet hamster now!
The activities page is always so much fun. Sometimes it’s puzzles or mazes, but in September it was cutting and gluing a meal plan. Zach could relate to this very well since we use Yumbox for his school lunches. Some of the items are categorized incorrectly because he did this completely by himself, but he understands the general concept. This allowed me to then discuss with him afterwards what criteria makes a main dish or snack. (The pepper is to the side because “I don’t like peppers, mommy.”)
We also love the geography feature called “Take a Trip.” It usually focuses on a particular attraction or festival and gives a few tidbits on the country or city. Zach loves finding the highlighted items in the picture, and there’s always have so much to discuss in the detailed illustration.
I was unsure in the beginning because Zach was not reading yet, but this has turned out to be one of the best investments I’ve made. He was more dependent on me to explore the magazine with him when he was 3 years old, but now at 4 years old he can use the magazine more independently especially in the puzzles and activities. The hamster drawing prompt demonstrates that perfectly as he drew those almost completely independently. He still wants me to read the comics with him.