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Ranger Rick's Just for Fun Magazine

Ranger Rick's Just for Fun Magazine

Spring 2011 Magazines
Ages: 7 - 14 yrs.
Newsstand Price: $4.95
Subscription Price: $19.95 / 4 Issues

Impressive all around is Ranger Rick's Just for Fun, a cleanly organized periodical with a variety of challenging puzzles designed to develop observation and problems solving skills - hallmarks of good scientists. Each of the four issues is seasonal, and geared toward children aged seven to fourteen. That's a surprising range, at first glance, but the magazine adroitly caters to both ends of it. Younger children will love the monthly Pullout Gift activity. In the sample issues provided for review, Winter included an adorable freestanding penguin craft, and spring offered an animal-filled fortune teller. As children get older, they'll enjoy activities like Cactus Condo, which asks readers to temporally sequence illustrations of a cactus inhabited and altered by various birds over time. Finally, older children will enjoy making recipes like the Pumpkin Shake offered in a fall issue, and they'll be able to help younger siblings with crossword puzzles, mazes, and more. While exploring each issue, children will warmly embrace the fun of learning something new.

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