Product: Bing Play & Learn Magazine
Age Range: Under 7
Manufacturer’s Description: Play & Learn magazine is a brand new pre-school magazine created to link to Early years foundation, showcasing high recognition brands. Brands that will each feature in an issue of their own include The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Bing!, QPootle 5 an others. Inside children will have fun counting, reading, colouring and creating with their favourite characters. Every issue comes with a free gift and a sticker sheet designed to keep little ones busy.
Review: Georgie & Lydia both love to watch Bing on CBeebies, and back in December we bought the last Play & Learn Bing edition and they really liked it – when we were offered this one to review it was a no brainer, yes please!
Play & Learn is a children’s magazine aimed at children up to 7 years old, and has a different theme each edition, often based on a popular children’s TV show. Each magazine comes with stickers and a free gift – with this magazine, the girls were delighted to get four Bing character masks; Bing, Pando, Flog & Sula. Although the elastic isn’t very secure (or in one case, not quite long enough) these masks have been a huge hit, and even James and I have been made to try most of them on. Lydia adores Flop so she was chuffed with that one, and wore it for ages.
Lydia’s favourite thing to do with magazines is the stickers, so we were pleased to see plenty of sticker pages, with none of the stickers being too small & fiddly for her little fingers to handle. There is quite a bit in the magazine to help develop early years skills too; letters and numbers to trace over with a pen, colouring to help fine motor skills, puzzles dealing with counting and colours, and much more besides.
All of the main characters from the show are represented and it is faithful to the show, with a story and stills from various episodes – Georgie knew exactly where to place the stickers on the page depicting a game of hide & seek, after watching the show.
The cover of the magazine pulls off to make a reward chart using some of the stickers, encouraging children to eat “the rainybow” – a colourful selection of fruits and vegetables.
Although we have enjoyed this magazine, the paper quality isn’t the best we’ve had and at £3.99 it is at the more expensive side of things, in terms of what we would usually pay for a preschool magazine.
We give this magazine 4 stars – it’s a hit!