Choosing Children’s Magazines with First Friends

Whenever we take a trip to the supermarket, the magazine stands catch O’s eye and he’s asking for a children’s magazine to read.  If he’s been a good boy around the supermarket, I do let him choose a magazine as a treat to buy and take home.  After all, it’s better than watching the television, right?!

Now, I’m going to take a stab at how he decides on which magazine to choose.  It’s got to have some sort of free toy attached to the front.  It absolutely must have his favourite characters plastered all over the front.  And it definitely should contain stickers.  If all three of these boxes are ticked, we have a winner.  And each of these were met, and more, with the new First Friends magazine.

Children's Magazine

Attached to the front of the magazine is… *drum roll* a free toy!  In fact, a miniature ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ tea set complete with slices of cake.  O played tea parties with his toy dinosaur, Tinkie that had escaped from his bedroom, for a little while before turning to the magazine.  He’s donning some rather small and mis-matching pyjama’s in these photographs.  Sorry, guys.  Free Toy = Tick one.Children's Magazine

Characters including the Gruffalo, Spot the dog, Abney & Teal, Elmer, Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy to name a few, this brand new children’s magazine is full to the brim with brilliant characters.  O is currently obsessed with Spot stories at the moment and so was extremely pleased to find a big poster of Spot and his friends within the magazine.  Awesome characters = Tick two.

Children's Magazine

Among stories and colouring sheets, poems and pictures, there were stickers!  Hooray!  There’s game suggestions and puzzles, competitions and writing and numbers practice.  There’s even little tips for the Grown Ups on many of the pages to encourage the development of children’s imagination and thought processes.  And to top it all off, there’s a free height chart included.  Could the editors cram any more into it?  Stickers = Tick Three.

There you have it.  A great children’s magazine.  All for £2.99, I really can’t grumble.

Disclosure:  We were sent the above product for the purposes of this review, however all words and opinions are our own.

4 thoughts on “Choosing Children’s Magazines with First Friends

  1. I have a real dislike to children’s magazines! Any free toy we get usually break within 5 mins or they are just tat that I eventually chuck away!
    Most of them are TV based which I’m not a fan of!
    I also think the price of them is crazy. I have seen some for £4! I’d rather buy my children an actual book!
    If they want a magazine – they ask Granny!!

    1. Haha! Good old Granny! I don’t mind them as a treat – it gives O something different to do for a couple of hours x

    1. Definitely! O is a huge fan of Spot the dog and he’s rarely found in anything nowadays x

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