Bing is one of the monsters fave little cbeebies characters, mine maybe not so much, but the monsters? Man, they love him! For anyone who doesn't know Bing is a TV series on Cbeebies based on the books by Ted Dewan. (I actually remember Ellie having some of the books when she was just a baby!) which follows a pre-school bunny named Bing as he experiences the world around him. Using everyday happenings to demonstrate how he learns new ways to manage situations with the help of his carer, Flop and his friends. The show's catchphrase is "It's a Bing thing!" which Flop exclaims at the end of each episode when Bing has successfully conquered a new task or experience.
Priced at £3.99, and although at first this sound expensive, having just this last week bought magazines for the monsters when we went camping, is the regular price for kids magazines now, gone are the days when you could get a bag of pick and mix and a comic for you £1 weekly pocket money...this month's issue is based on the garden and as well as having a fun garden set as a gift there's an 8 page activity book and stickers to use throughout the magazine. (Good luck with that most of ours ended up on arms..clothes and doors!)
So how did it fair? Let's go through my little checklist shall we...
Fun...The monsters loved that it was Bing, this automatically made the magazine 'cool' and 'awesome'.
Educational...One thing I really loved is that this magazine is based on the Early Years curriculum. It focuces on reading, writing, sounds, letters, numbers, counting, sizes, shapes, making, playing, drawing, colouring, discovering and exploring! What more could you ask for!
Engaging...Every page is bright, colourful and encouraging. Evie isn't really one for numbers but I found that she was eager to join in with every page, and this included the numeracy activities!!
Playful...from froggys home on the cover, to the role play the free gift encourages, we even raided our veggies and made real potato faces using our stickers and the craft box, as well as having lots more ideas to keep us busy until the next issue is out!
Easy for little ones to understand...Alot of the pages needed me to help Elsie, Evie was able to do it herself if I just explained what needed to be done.
A not so rubbish free gift...To be fair as free gifts go this one wasn't so bad!