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A children's magazine, bursting with CBeebies friends featuring puzzles, colouring, songs and reflects the weekly program. It's aim is to focus on areas of learning which support pre-school development.

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      24.09.2012 18:40
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      If you're looking for a kids magazine to buy I'd recommend it

      The CBeebies magazine's contents comprise of the magazine itself, some stickers usually a mixture of character stickers and reward stickers for compleating various activities and a toy/small toy set.

      If this review was being written by my 2 year old he would more than likely be giving it a 5 star glowing review he, like many other young children, loves magazines and has a particular soft spot for the CBeebies magazine! It's bright and colourful which really appeals to little'uns and they love the characters that they recognise from their favorite T.V shows and in their opinion the free toys are not the cheap badly made pieces of tat that I consider them to be, but instead a brilliant new addition to their toybox because they always have something to do with a well loved CBeebies character!

      I was never really a fan of kids magazines after we had wasted money on some pretty poor quality ones and untill a few months ago I had pretty much avoided buying them for my son. That is untill my local newsagent kindly decided to re-arrange the shop and now conviniently places the magazines right next to the milk and bread. The childrens magazines are now perfectly placed to catch his eye as we walk past. Well, once he'd recognised the famillar characters and oggled the free toy it was pretty much game over! I could have tried to explain to him that for the same price we could buy him a book that he would enjoy infinately more and a toy that wouldnt break within hours and end up in the bin, but at 2 was not going to see the logic in my reasoning and he certainly would not have been happy about having to put back his shiny new CBeebies magazine, covered in pictures of all his favorite characters, so having nver tried the CBeebies magazine, I decided to give it a try and give magazines in general another go.

      Will absolutely loves books and reading features heavily in his daily routine, particularly before bedtime, so a magazine seemed like a good purchase considering they all contain at least one or two stories, well, of my big gripes with magazines previously, had been that the stories in the magazines always seemed so poorly written and if I'm spending nearly 3 pounds on something I'd much rather in all honesty that it be books, books he can keep and we can read over and over again, magazines tended to end up in the bin well before the next issue even made it to the shelves. The same I found could not be said of the stories in the CBeebies magazine, some are even such good quality that I've got a folder into which I put the story pages from the mag that I've laminated and keep to re-read long after the magazine itself has been binned!

      For the amount you pay you do get a fair bit (see content list above) and the toys are not always tat, Will is very energetic and toys in my house seem to take quite a beating, magazine toys in particular dont tend to survive being taken on the trampoline and they are likely to shatter into sharp pieces if trodden on, CBeebies magazine toys seem to be a little more robust but are still by no means going to be something that lasts a particularly long time. It does really annoy me that they insist on cellotaping the free toy to the front of the magazine because it makes it impossible to get it off without ruining the front cover and so from the minute you open it the magazine is already looking shabby! But the magazine isnt made to last so I suppose it doesnt really matter.

      I suppose your opinion on this magazine would be largely based on whether or not you set out to your local shop with the intention of picking up a kids magazine, or if you were just trying to grab a few quick bits and not make too many unnecessary purchases because it's nearly pay day and you're skint!
      If you're in the first group, the value for money, familiar characters, bright and bold text and good selection of both stories and activities would make the CBeebies magazine a great purchase!

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        21.04.2012 23:48
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        I would recommend this magazine.

        Out of all the magazines available for the preschool age range I normally try to steer my boys towards the Cbeebies magazines as I find they tend to be the best option, especially the special themed editions but these normal 'weekly' ones are also pretty good.

        The content is all based on the shows from the very popular young children's channel 'Cbeebies' which is aimed at ages up to 6 or 7. I find the magazine is perfect for my 3 year old but I do think children upto 5 or 6 would definitely still be okay with it as it does have a lot of activities to complete. It is also good for younger children, as I used to get it for my eldest since he was under 2 years old - but they will not be able to complete all the activities at that age and may use it more for colouring, sticking the stickers randomly and just enjoying the pictures and stories.

        For my 3 year old I find it really good for learning maths and writing as a lot of the activities seem to be literacy and numeracy based, and it makes the learning into something fun so they actually see it as a treat rather than a chore because it is based on all their favourite characters. Alphablocks tend to be especially good for learning.

        It always comes with plenty of stickers, which make up part of the activities. Sometimes it also has reward charts or posters - we recently had one with a counting poster attached. It also always has colouring pages and stories.

        The quality of the paper is quite good and the cover has a glossy texture. Overall it has a much better look than many of the other magazines you come across in newsagents which can be a bit flimsy!

        I find the free gifts are better than ones from a lot of other magazines (especially the previously mentioned flimsy ones!), although admittedly sometimes the gifts do break so it depends on the week whether you get a good one or not but we have had some really good free gifts from the cbeebies magazines which have lasted very well and make the magazine more than worth the 2.99 when you think that you are getting a full magazine of activities, sticker and stories as well as the free gifts. However the monthly special themed cbeebies magazines are usually the best ones for the free gifts - which are absolutely brilliant, I have seen the free gifts from those even going for loads on ebay (eg mr tumble spotty bag, mr tumble doll) as they are quite rare since you can only get them from the magazine and then once they are gone they are gone

        Overall I find this a really good magazine for young children, with loads of learning involved as well as fun. I always rather my boys get this than any other although sometimes they want to go for Thomas just because of the character but when they get this one I find they really enjoy it more as there is more to do in it and it lasts longer before it is all finished up.

        There are always new shows coming out on cbeebies or old shows being rotated so there is plenty of variety in the magazines too, because of different characters being featured at different times.

        Sometimes I keep a few of the old magazines after they have finished with them, if they are not in too much of a scribbled or scruffled condition, then after a few months they take them back out and have another look at them and they do enjoy that so we really get the value for money out of it!

        I would recommend this magazine.

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          28.04.2011 11:17
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          A good magazine with lots of different activities to keep preschoolers busy!

          I have to confess i havent actually been one to buy magazines for my children solely because they have been too young. However for an easter treat i bought my son the cbeebies bumper easter edition for £2.25.

          I have to say i was quite impressed with the contents and it is very educational. Every page is very bright and attractive. This particular issue came with a little easter craft set, to make a chick, an easter basket and 2 easter cards. The only downside is they didnt include glue. Fine as we had some but a child would be disappointed if you didnt already have some at home!

          The next part that kept my son (almost 4 years) entertained for a good while was the stickers. There are a page of stickers which a few good on selected pages. Children have to find where they go to complete pictures and puzzles with the stickers.

          The magazine is aimed at pre schoolers and encourages them to write count colour draw spot the difference etc. It also contained a reward chart and stickers a counting poster. Inside the magazine are further activities to cut out and make things but with these you need more of your own resources. For example to make timmy and yabba from timmy time you would need glue, toilet roll tube cotton wool and colours/paints.

          I wouldnt buy this weekly as personally i think its a lot for a preschoolers magazine to spend £11 every 4 weeks. But i would pick it up again as a treat once in a while or to keep the kids entertained if we were going somewhere

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            01.05.2010 11:42
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            a kids mag

            Being a parent we all know what cbeebies is and it is a channel for kids. Now my kid being a number one fan of cbeebies we just have to get his weekly cbeebies magazine. It is a childrens magazine packed with all his favourite tv charcters from lazy town to in the night garden to bob the builder and nina and the nuerons and mister maker and giggle bizz post man pat and many many more. It has plenty of puzzles and also plenty of songs and competitions. It is aimed for pre schoolers age six years of age and under it is aimed at these kids to help them develop different skills and it focuses on them learning with reading and solving problems.

            A great magazine for kids that you can buy in easons or even in most newsagents it is very easy to get it if you find it hard I think you can subscribe to the magazine via their website so you could check it out if you are stuck in ordering or getting your hands on the weekly magazine for your kid. It keeps them busy for a while at the table while you can prepare dinner.

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            07.11.2009 20:23
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            a surprisingly average magazine

            Whenever I pick my 3 year old son up for my "shared care" the first words that come out of his mouth are "I missed you Dad: Can we buy a book today". As I haven`t seen him for 7 days at this point I always feel that I have to oblige.
            Thus, the last magazine I bought for him happened to be CBeebies weekly.
            It looks like all the other pre-school comics with the glossy front cover and bright colours, the unerringly rubbish free gift and the £1.95 to £2.95 price tag.
            Let`s look a little closer and see how this book performs.

            Price
            £1.99. This is at the lower end of the scale for kids mags so this gets a thumbs up from me on that score.

            Free Gift
            On this occasion 2 Chugginton "racing" trains. This particular issue gets a big thumbs down in this category, the trains are made out of very flimsy plastic and the wheels fell off within 10 minutes. The little devices which were meant to propel the trains did not work period.

            Content
            CBeebies should score highly here due to the wide range of characters on this channel.Your child gets cameos from Bob the Builder, Grandpa in my Pocket, Timmy the Sheep, Number Jacks and a few more. However the down side to this is that in my son, Ryan`s, case there were uninteresting sections like Bird and Big Cook Little Cook. My score on this is surprisingly low therefore as if I buy Bob the Builder or Fireman Sam, for example, it holds his attention for longer.

            Stickers
            The all important sticker test! Not bad, I don`t know about other parents but I get frustrated when he asks, "Where does this one go?", and it does not go anywhere, its just a random!!. I`m happy to report every sticker had its rightful place pre-determined!

            Over-all
            Scores well in 2 falls short in 2 therefore I`d have to give it an average rating to be honest. So 3 out of 5 from me.

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              01.05.2009 11:52
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              a good way to engage in activity with toddlers

              I didn't realise I would be lured into the marketing ploy of magazines with my nearly two year old quite so soon in her life. I was only walking past the magazine section in the supermarket, and the cries of "Lola" in an excited voice made me turn to see what she had spotted.
              Sitting there was of course the Cbeebies weekly magazine with quite a large picture of Lola from Charlie and Lola on the front cover.
              The look of sheer excitement on my daughter's face made me melt and when I asked her if she would like the magazine, her shouts of yes and the big beam on her face sealed the deal. Yes I am a sucker, and yes I have been sucked into the marketing ploys.

              Cbeebies magazine is a weekly subscription costing £1.99. For this you get the magazine, usually a sheet of stickers relating to activities inside the magazine, and the obligatory free toy that usually breaks within the first day.
              This particular issue gave two puppets relating to the show Big and Small. They are actually quite a reasonable freebie for the magazine, as they have the prospect of lasting a few weeks before they become lost or discarded. Not all the toys are this good however, so be prepared.

              I'm not usually a fan of buying magazines regularly as they rip too easily, especially when in very young hands such as a two year old, but at the same time I do find that occasionally the money is worth the smile on her face and the time spent sharing the activities within the magazine.
              Cbeebies magazine split their pages into various activities containing colouring, sticker activities, stories, and crafts. There are also other activities that when read out by a grown up can encourage children to get moving around the room in a dance etc.
              At the very start of the magazine there is a handy tip sheet which relates to what activity teaches different things to children. Examples of these are finding out, encouraging children to find out different things about the world. Feeling good, encouraging confidence building. Being creative, making things. Maths, simple matching games and counting activities.
              There are others, but you get the idea. I like this as it tells the parents that just because your child is looking at a load of characters they watch and love on the TV; it doesn't mean they won't subconsciously be learning something whilst having fun with the magazine.

              The magazine itself is 26 pages long and provides a good range of all the Cbeebies characters in each issue. Some weeks are better than others, but as I only buy these very occasionally I am never too worried about what is included. Perhaps this will change when my daughter gets older and I want her to actually enjoy the content as well as learning from it.
              You are fooled into thinking the quality of the paper is fantastic when you first pick this magazine up as the front and back cover are made out of much thicker and better quality paper than the inner pages. Any young child would be able to tear the pages very easily, so it is an activity done under supervision if you want to at least get some monetary value from the magazine.
              So far my two year old has been averagely good with it, and we have only have minor rips in excitement, and trying to pull stickers back off when stuck down etc.

              For me overall I like the idea of this magazine as it takes away the TV but still giving the same characters. We spend about half an hour on a couple of different days doing the activities in this magazine. That for me is good value for money and it gives us quality time together doing something fresh and different that isn't reading the same books, playing with the same pots of playdoh etc.
              If you have young children give it a go, you might be surprised. I would say the magazine is aimed at pre school children, but even my daughter under two is gaining from it.

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                04.04.2009 20:11
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                A once in a while treat that they can't eat!

                Cbeebies Weekly Magazine......


                Jack is a big fan of Cbeebies and it is a channel that is on in our house more than any other, so when I saw this magazine relating to the television channel I thought I would give it a try. Cbeebies the television channel is based for children of pre-school age, so really from birth to 4 but has shows suitable for children of all ages (and some shows I really do like). The magazine related entirely to this channel, the shows aired on it and the presenters.

                The magazine costs £1.99 pence which I find a little high for any magazine however it does always come with a free gift which makes you feel you are getting a bit more for your money. This price is about right though when looking at all the other children's magazines they are all in the same price bracket. I often buy it when doing the shopping in Tesco's but I have seen it for sale in most supermarkets and local stores such as Co-op so it is widely available.

                The front cover of Cbeebies Weekly is so busy, bright and appealing which makes it ideal at appealing to children. It shows most of the Cbeebies characters and presenters and gives you a little idea what is inside the main magazine. The free gift is always fastened to the outer cover and ranges from good gifts to okay gifts. One edition we had a plastic beetle and a cardboard bug box which was very basic and another time we have had a pencil with a monkey on the end that flips around. As free gifts for children go they always seem okay and Jacks favourite, a jumping spider, is still pulled out and played with!

                The magazine itself appears to be larger than most on the shelves but really only the front cover of the magazine is bigger as this can come away from the main body of the magazine and fold out to be a weekly reward chart for your child. This is a brilliant idea although as yet Jack is still a little too young to completely understand the concept of something like this but for future reference it is nice to know it is there (or even to get ideas for making my own).

                The rest of the magazine is standard magazine size and is jam packed full of puzzles and small stories. There is a birthday section where you can send in photos and birthday wishes for your children and also a section where you can send in pictures of your children for being good and things like this which is quite nice for the children to see there photo in a magazine.

                Parents can also get a fair bit from the magazine with ideas for play such as nursery rhymes and games along with hints and tips. There has been a section before now on baking and what to bake with your toddlers help which I found rather helpful.

                Jacks best part of the whole magazine however has got to be the stickers! With each magazine you always get around 50 odd stickers to either stick to the reward chart or where ever else takes you fancy. As we don't use the reward chart these little stickers seem to end up everywhere but Jack really enjoys them and I have even left the house with one stuck to my backside before! Slightly embarrassing. The stickers have different things on each such as "i'm a star" or "I helped mummy today" or pictures of animals and characters from certain Cbeebies shows.

                All in all I do think this magazine is rather good. I wouldn't buy it every week because it is so expensive and the price would really be the only negative thing I could say about it. It has lots of things where you can interact with your child and both the stickers and free gift can entertain them for a while on their own.

                I think it is a four star product and worth a recommendation especially as a nice treat for any child as a substitute for giving sweets. I have often asked my mum (nanna) to instead of getting sweets or chocolate to buy this for jack instead because really he does get a lot more from this than a bag of sweets (although I think I know which he would prefer).

                I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you.

                Thank you for taking the time to read.

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                  10.02.2009 22:37
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                  A nice treat once in a while, but not every week- unless you are loaded hehe

                  My daughter is 2.5 and has been getting CBeebies weekly magazine on and off since she was about 18 months old. The primary reason for buying the magazine initially was to fill an hour or so on a wet afternoon with no friends to play with.

                  The cost of the magazine means we don't get it every week - as this would really add up - but for a treat once in a while, maybe once a month or so, it is a nice surprise to let her have after nursery, or as a treat for being extra good etc.

                  Heather's first thoughts on the magazine were pretty limited - I think the magazine is better aimed at 3 years plus. However, the free gift on the front has always gone down well - even though it is generally made of plastic and doesn't last long. We have had crayon and colouring sets, stickers, plastic toy phones, hand puppets; plastic skittles etc - always something new to entertain little hands!

                  The activities inside the magazine are all based on the familiar and popular CBeebies programmes. They include colouring pages, areas to use stickers, basic and first counting and alphabet skills, learning to write and spell, dot to dot puzzles and simple mazes.

                  There is always a lovely bedtime story at the end, which is always a favourite in our house. As she has gotten older, Heather has really started to enjoy some of the simpler puzzles and loves the fact that she recognises all the characters.

                  Our verdict - probably aimed at pre-school children, but little ones will love seeing their favourite characters in print form. And the free gift will always be a big hit!

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                  02.01.2009 14:52
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                  Good if you are prepared to vet it first AND to sit with your child while they enjoy it!

                  I must confess to having very pre-conceived ideas about children's magazines. These ideas include them being expensive, rather scant in content and that children are lured by the free gifts which, will, undoubtedly be broken and thrown in the bin within minutes.

                  CBeebies Weekly magazine hasn't really proven to be much different but it does have a few redeeming features. I still think that it needs to be looked at carefully each week to see whether the redeeming features are present though!

                  The front cover of the magazine is always a busy affair which feels rather frantic and reminds me a lot of the kind of flitty conversations that one has with a toddler as they switch from subject to subject. Many of the CBeebies characters appear on the cover to lure the toddler in.

                  The front cover is also where you'll find the free gift attached and, more often than not, it's this that appears to clinch the deal for the child. Cries that they really want the plastic item are hard to stop! However, all is not lost here. Sometimes the gifts are better than others. Whilst the plastic spinning top or whistle might have limited appeal items such as a post office set or skittles game might actually have some staying power. The toys, in general, are of a reasonable quality and are suitable from about 2 up (despite the standard CE warning that they're not for under 3s).

                  The inside of the rather oversized cover of this magazine always seems to include a reward chart for the child and parent to fill in. Stickers with suggested challenges are included in the centerfold of the magazine but you could always make up your own challenges. If your child completes the challenge then they can attach a reward sticker to their chart. I guess these things work for some and not for others. Only you will know.

                  Rather than just being a collection of stories or comic strips the magazine is more like a children's puzzle and activity book. There will be things to colour in, places to put stickers, puzzles to solve and, of course, stories to share. Sometimes the magazine will be themed, other times not. CBeebies characters are used throughout to keep the child interested.

                  I've found that the content of the magazine varies greatly from week to week. Sometimes I'll flick through and think that the whole magazine is suitable for my 2 ½ year old (he's quite good with letters and numbers); on other occasions I'll look and find perhaps one activity that would be OK and the rest are aimed at older children. There doesn't seem to be much consistency. Indeed, one can actually find copies where the whole is aimed at the older child and the gift at a younger child and vice versa. Sometimes they get it right!

                  The activities are quite well structured with handy hints being given for parents to direct play and learning. It's rare that you get something really silly or suggestions that will involve a lot of cost or mess but sometimes you do. Thankfully the parent suggestions are discrete enough that you can ignore those you think inappropriate! Parenting tips are also provided but worry not, they're not in your face!

                  This is, above all, a magazine to share with your child. It's not the kind of thing that you're going to get maximum benefit from if you just give it to your child and let them get on with it. Undoubtedly the older child will manage most of the tasks but they may well miss out on many of the learning opportunities on the way.

                  When my son gets a copy of this magazine he will repeatedly go back to it and even completed tasks will get a second chance. Sometimes he misses the point but then he still has fun.

                  The magazine should appeal equally to girls and boys under 4. Over that age, again you'll need to check the magazine, sometimes it's more appropriate to one gender than another.

                  At £1.99 I feel that the magazine is still quite expensive for what you get but the marketing people have got it right and it still appeals enormously to the pre-schoolers.
                  It's not really changed my overall impression of children's magazines (and I'd still rather buy a good book and a colouring set) but I am prepared to buy it occasionally, when the content is right, and sit with my son for a few hours of good fun.


                  Recommended with reservations

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                    06.11.2008 14:52
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                    A bright, fun magazine, that helps aid learning

                    I was doing the weekly shop a couple of months back, with my two daughters, when all of a sudden my eldest shouted out 'cbeebies' i wondered what on earth she was on about, we had stopped and i was browsing the magazine section, she kept repeating the words and started crying, it then dawned on me that this was the start of the beloved 'magazine wanting', that my two little sisters did, brightly colored magazines, stacked one after another to attract little prying eyes, and then comes the sentence 'Can i have it please mum'. At first i refused, but then thought considering 'cbeebies's is her favorite channel and being so educational it won't harm.
                    So i handed it to my daughter.........
                    And for about 4 days she wouldn't let it out of her sight.

                    ~ A little bit about the magazine~
                    'Cbeebies BBC Weekly' is a children's magazines published weekly, and originates from the popular digital channel Cbeebies'.
                    The magazine is aimed for Children between the ages of 2-5 years. There is around 25 pages and each page is dedicated to a certain character off Cbeebies like- lazy town, in the night garden, the shiny shoe, Balamory, bob the builder etc. Each page has different activities you and your child can do together, these include things like, dot to dot, counting, identifying letters and shapes, all helping to develop your child's educational skills.
                    Included in each issue is a page of stickers and a sticker chart, which can be used through the week, to reward your child for good things they have done, or if they have completed certain activities in the magazine.

                    There are also stories for you and your child to read together, and a Cbeebies tv listings page which gives you times of your child's favorite programmes .
                    At the end of each issue there is the 'bedtime hour' and each week there is a different story, or soothing song you can read to help your child off to sleep.

                    Every week there is a free toy, ranging from musical instruments, toying relating to different characters, and games.
                    It costs around £2.00 or you can subscribe to it either for 3 months, or a year and get it delivered through your door, this costs about £76.00 for the year saving 25%, or £17.75 for 3 months saving 30%.

                    I buy this for my daughter because she shown to me that she does enjoy looking at the pictures and doing the different activities with me, although she can't read yet, it helps her with her development and co-ordination skills.

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                      Brilliant magazine for toddlers+

                      We really love this magazine! Our daughter (3 years old) started getting this magazine on and off when we were shopping etc from around the time she turned 2. We then decided that as we were buying it regularly anyway we would just have it ordered to be delivered from our local newsagents. So every wednesday morning there is now great excitement as she rushes downstairs for her magazine!

                      The magazine is basically a standard sort of format each week but this is great for young children as they become familiar with what to expect each time. It's quite a reasonable size really and most pages have activities for your little one to do. Each week there is also a large sheet of stickers and many of these can be used through out the magazine to stick into scenes, etc. The rest of the stickers can be used on the weekly reward chart which is found on the inside of the front cover.

                      The magazine is fairly cheaply put together and doesn't usually contain anything particularly new - usually standard promo pictures of Cbeebies presenters and characters from various shows put into different scenes to make a little story or activity for your child. It is quite well done though and they they vary the charaters used quite a lot so you'll get a few people from things that are currently being shown but they also include some older popular favourites too.

                      The best thing, from my daughters point of view, is probably the fact that the magazine always has a toy attached to the front! Now these are generally quite cheap toys that don't last more than a few days but they do really appeal to young children! Past toys have included - toy cameras, scribble pad, wind up cars, magnetic fishing, crayons, etc.

                      Over all it is a really good magazine and far better than most others. From an adult point of view it seems a bit cheaply together with a very cheap toy on the front but to a child it's brilliant - full of all their favourite Cbeebies characters and presenters, lots of things to do, stickers and a brand new toy! The magazine is £1.99 which seems a lot but I would actually say it's quite good value given that it keeps my daughter entertained for so long!!

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                        The perect bribe!

                        I was more than surprised to discover that this product had not been reviewed before. Due to the popularity of the channel and most of the characters that have been aired there, I just assumed there would be at least ten, very grateful reviews on this item!!

                        The product I will now review is the "Cbeebies BBC weekly", magazine, one of a couple of my tried and tested forms of bribery towards my children!!

                        The magazine in itself is rather a formidable item being one of the largest in size on display, it is however only the outside cover that is bigger, and the rest of the "inside" magazine is back to normal size!


                        ~~~~~~ CONTENTS ~~~~~~

                        I will start with the front cover, due to the sheer volume of content the front cover is extremely busy. On the right hand side there is a list of the days of the week and a Cbeebies character under each day, for this reviews purpose I am reviewing 23-29 Februarys edition, so will therefore describe the characters and puzzles in this one.
                        The main characters on the cover of this edition are "the numberjacks", wonderful talking numbers that promote numeracy, "Mama Mirabelle", (I like this due to the fact Floella Benjamin voices Mama!), which is in effect a children's nature programme and "The koala brothers", which are Australian!! These don't promote anything but do keep my kids entertained....BONUS!

                        The reason that the outside cover is so much bigger than the rest of the magazine is because it is actually a reward chart for the child, each day is printed with a Cbeebies character, with a space for the mum or dad to write a daily challenge and a space for the reward sticker, which is also provided in the centre of the magazine.

                        I will not describe each and every page as they are either colouring, sticking, puzzles or all three, just with different characters involved!!

                        For example, this edition is all "jungle", orientated so each page features a task to do with that, ie there is a page bordered with jungle animals with a large blank space in the centre for the child reader to add to the jungle scene, whether it be with drawings or the stickers provided.

                        On each double page, on the right hand side, there is a day of the week, and very cleverly whatever character is the subject of that page, it gives a time that the child reader can watch it on that day on Cbeebies!! Very sneaky, one nil to the kids!!

                        On the upside there are lots of helpful little tips for parents on games they can play with their children and how to encourage learning through play, haha, one all I'd say!!

                        Once everything has been completed on that double page, there is also a selection of stickers, saying "I'm clever" and " that was fun", that can be put at the bottom of the page.

                        In the centre of this magazine, there is a double page which is literally dedicated to getting the child to watch the Cbeebies channel and buy the Cbeebies merchandise, there is a full weeks listing of programmes for the afore mentioned channel and on the other side in this edition is a page full of "in the night garden" merchandise. (These are like the Teletubbies, but more mind numbing...... AVOID, AVOID!!)

                        There is also, (as mentioned before), a sheet of fifty stickers, which include reward stickers for the chart, completion stickers for the magazine pages, animal stickers for the jungle scene and various others to complete the different games featured in this issue.


                        Towards the end of the magazine, there is a page dedicated to the children who wish to send in pictures, with the prize of having your picture printed being a Cbeebies music album. (I know, you have to watch it all day, now you have to listen to it in the bloody car, well at least it makes a change from High School Musical, but that's a different review!!)

                        There is also a section on birthdays that you can send in, and a whole section on how you can subscribe to the magazine, (I will leave details momentarily!), the cbeebies website and the address for the picture competition.

                        Right at the end, is a lovely "bedtime hour" story, this one features "the koala brothers", which my son insists I read over, and over, and over.......... In fairness I can read it word for word by the time the next issue comes out!!

                        Finally, (I've saved the best for last!), THE FREE GIFT!! This is usually the clincher on what magazine gets bought, this editions gift is a funky monkey pencil, that when you push a button flips the monkey over on its bar, also included where more stickers, because fifty is obviously not enough!!! I'm still peeling the last editions stickers off the furniture!!

                        ~~~~~~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~~~~~~

                        The price is £1.99, which I do think is a little on the steep side, but my children do get a lot of pleasure out of it, and many hours entertainment.
                        These are readily available, I almost always purchase ours from either Tesco or Asda.


                        ~~~~~~ CONCLUSION ~~~~~~

                        I think these are great!!! Hours of fun, plenty of stickers ,colouring, drawing, stories and a freebie with every edition................ PERFECT!!!


                        I will now list the all important addresses -
                        The official website - www.cbeebies.com
                        For more info on the magazine - www.cbeebiesmagazine.co.uk
                        To subscribe - phone - 0844 826 7319 or visit

                        www.subscribeonline.co.uk/cbeebiesweekly

                        To view any of the afore mentioned characters and many more they can be found on ,
                        Freeview - 71
                        Sky - 614
                        Virgin media - 702.


                        Just a final word if this sounds like your cup of tea, the next edition of the magazine, which should be available to buy from the 29th of February, is the 100th edition, so will feature many more freebies than usual, my kids have already put their orders in........ to me!!


                        Thanks for reading!

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