Product Type: BBC magazines & newspapers
Newest Review: ... 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... more
As kids magazines go it's not bad!
CBeebies BBC Weekly
Member Name: Jenny_Summers
CBeebies BBC Weekly
Advantages: Bright and Colorful, recognisable CBeebies characters, pretty good value for money
Disadvantages: not very long lasting, toys sometimes break easily
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!
Summary: If you're looking for a kids magazine to buy I'd recommend it