Chirp MagazineSpring 2013 Magazines
Looking for a well-priced introductory magazine for young children? Consider Chirp. The magazine's stated target audience is children ages three through six, which is a fairly wide range in terms of cognitive development. Instead of pitching its material toward the middle, Chirp packs each issue with a variety of activities and readings for many different ages and skill levels.
Every issue centers on a common theme, such as fairy tales or wintertime or birthdays, and then provides a predictably organized set of features developing the theme: puzzles, crafts, cartoon strips with recurring characters, early literacy activities, and foreign language vocabulary. Many of these are quite well designed to engage the interest and stretch the abilities of young children. For example, "Chirp's Storytime Adventure" offers a read-aloud story with a few concrete words replaced by easily recognizable pictures, so that younger children can participate in "reading" the story as they follow the pictures on the page. This activity became a favorite of our three-year-old tester. Other features, like folded-paper craft activities, are well beyond his understanding, but this range is one of the strengths of the magazine; younger children will have plenty of room to grow, and siblings of different ages can enjoy a single subscription.
Chirp offers features that will appeal to children with many different kinds of interests; not all children love being read story after story, and this magazine has crafts, pretend plays, and movement games for kids who are a bit more wiggly or tactile. Our only criticism of the magazine is of the advertisement inserts within each issue, however these are easily removed. Young children, together with their parents and teachers, will enjoy all the creative fun Chirp has to offer.