Parents' Guide to

Boys' Life

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Grab bag of fun Scout-style activities and articles.

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BOYS' LIFE has an impressive amount of content for a free online magazine, ranging from wilderness survival advice to camping tips and book reviews. An in-depth projects section is one of the best offerings; it includes instructions for dozens of creative endeavors, ranging from making snowshoes out of pipes and cords to baking homemade dog treats. Some activities also feature an encouraging note about a Boy Scout troop that's tried the project.

You don't have to be a scout to access or enjoy the site. Kids will see some troop-activity photos and can learn about scouting, but most of the information focuses more on outdoor-living examples and instruction. A few items feel a bit short; surprisingly, videos on sharpening knives and axes don't contain a warning or much safety information.

But, overall, kids will find plenty of interesting, informative reading selections, and they can safely share their thoughts via moderator-approved comments. Adults write the content and edit the magazine, but the site really feels like it was custom-made for kids -- which should help grade-school and teen boys enjoy learning about potentially useful topics such as first aid and handling emergencies.

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