Humpty Dumpty MagazineSpring 2012 Magazines
The stated mission of the magazine, "to promote the healthy physical, educational, creative, social and emotional growth of children" is evident in selection of content. In any single issues, readers are exposed to knowledge of other cultures, an engaging variety of different activities, different types of reading (from graphic comic book, to prose and poems), and information related to health and diet.
The majority of the activities are age-relevant, though for early readers some of the content would be overwhelming. In our home, we found our kids would skim each issue, stopping on pages that were immediately 'doable' to them (easy poems, seek and find, etc), but lose patience with pages with lots of content. The later included the Ask Dr. Corey and some of the Ready, Set, Create' pages, which seemed so overwhelming they could not be completed in an afternoon. That said, story selections were strong, and presented a diverse collection of themes.
Overall, this magazine kept our family's interest. The recommended hands-on activities are fun and different from traditional suggestions, particularly with adult supervision. The graphic design is professional, but feels a bit crowded in some areas. As a result, the magazine might be best enjoyed by parents and children reading together.