Bing Magazine Review

I have mentioned (OK moaned) before about how I begrudge spending a small fortune on magazine's and comics for the monsters so when we do buy them I like to know that we are getting our money's worth. I like them to be fun, educational, engaging, playful, easy for little ones to understand without the need for me to be hanging around and most of all, lets be honest its what we all look for, a not so rubbish free gift on the front, you know if it lasts longer than a weekend that would be a big deal!  So when we got sent the brand new Bing magazine I was keen to see how it held up to my mass list of criteria!

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!

The next issue of Bing is available on August 17th (and every 3rd Wednesday of the month after that) from all good newsagents, August's issue focuses on Music and comes with a free music set!

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