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If my daughter could see this she would tell me off, but I can't stand Barney! However it has to be said that the Barney magazine is very good. Most kids magazines are compatible with the school curriculum, but I've found that this magazine is less confusing as it keeps a theme all the way through. For example, issue No 111 is called "At the Aquarium" and has a variety of things to do including counting, cutting and pasting, colouring in and a story, all based on the aquarium. The magazine encourages a lot of discussion and provides occasional tips for parents, and not forgetting the free toy which is my daughters way of picking her magazine, which in this case was an inflatable fish!
My nephew loves barney and I must admit that I enjoy watching it with him. I was in my local newsagents with him one day and like all young children it was i want I want all day and my sister had warned me not to give him any sweets as he had been naughty and that was his punishment. He spotted the barney magazine and asked for it. I bought it for him admittedly to keep him quiet but when we read it it was excellant. It has loads of great things to do such as simple puzzles and stories and educational items such as can you spot seven easter eggs on this page. It is a great interactive mag as the parent can take part in this way. It has great stories and all barney's friends are in it too. There is a membership club which they can join which costs 4.95 but is worth it. On thw whole a great magazine and easy reading for younger kids. It usually comes with a free gift which is a bonus.
Now I have the honour, of being Mum to one of Barney the Dinosaurs biggest fans. We have toys, we have books and videos, and , yes we also have the comic. Most childrens comics these days seem to follow the same format, so there is only quality of content that seperates them. In my opinion the Barney comic does score well. The main theme throughout this, is of course Barney and his friends. Which I will say can become wearing for parents, who are beginning to hate the colour purple. And a word of warning, there is a pulll out picture in the centre of each, so your nice wallpaper soon gets lost. Mind you, if you don't like the wallpaper you may see this as a blessing! The stories all have a positive theme, and re-enforce the good aspects of life and have a strong emphasis on being friends with all and doing things the right way. The illustrations are well done and brightly coloured with large print text. Often a central theme runs throughout the whole comic. As an example one issue had the theme of school, so all stories and rhymes were school related. The counting section was pictures of satchels, and paintboxes, and they had a two-fold purpose as well as counting them, they could all be coloured in. Often there is a large picture for the children to look at, and then questions for the children to answer such as, where is the....? How any ......are there? There is also a great pull out worbook section for the older ones, which is compatible with the national curriculm. If your little one draws endless pictures of Barney and you have no room left on the fridge, but you can't let them see you throw them away, the the Barney comic offers the best solution! Put them all in a big envelope and send them in, they might make it into the Scrapbook Section, where they print the childrens artwork. Having bought this one regularly for a while now, I a quite pleased. As with any of these things, they are
cashing in on a characters popularity with children, but there are any worse ways to do it, and at least your child can benefit fro the things it teaches. It also provides another way for you to help your child learn, if you will sit with them, read to them and share it with them