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I find this the best preschool magazine
CBeebies BBC Weekly
Member Name: firasha
CBeebies BBC Weekly
Advantages: educational, fun, colourful, good quality, usually has good gifts
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.
Summary: I would recommend this magazine.