I have to admit, I am a bit of a sucker for magazines for the kids, the brighter the better! It’s a great way to keep them occupied from the stickers to the activities, not forgetting the toys which usually accompany them as well.
So when we were asked whether we would be interested in checking out the new Bing magazine…I knew we were onto a winner. Bing is a character from a CBeebies show and the theme for the first magazine is the outdoors and playing outside; something which is very timely as we have just started the summer holidays!
Aimed at children aged between 2-5 years there is a range of activities included from completing scenes using stickers to letter formation, craft and cutting out to colouring in. The activities are simple and effective, teaching basic skills whilst still being captivating for a younger audience. Published by Egmont, it is a monthly magazine and costs £3.99. This is a pretty average price.
The first magazine comes with a 5 piece garden playset which included a water squirting frog, Eli’s newest friend who seems to come everywhere with us now!
The variety of activities held Eli’s attention and weren’t too long or complex meaning he didn’t lose interest; and he isn’t a boy known for wanting to sit still and complete anything if it takes longer than a few minutes.
As you might expect, you get to see all of the favourite characters from the show, the pages are all brightly coloured and simple to understand and there are handy suggestions to parents of other activities you could engage with to help take your child’s learning further.
The activities cover a broad range meaning that those at the younger end of the age bracket and the older end are not excluded.
Overall Eli really enjoyed exploring this new magazine and we will certainly be looking out for it in the future.