My son was delighted when we got these books. One was a winter theme which was great as it was just after christmas and had been snowing which my son remembered whilst we were reading the book. The quality of the book is fantastic, with lovely thick, glossing pages. The stories in them kept my 4 year old enteratined and he really enjoyed trying to read some of the words in it himself and doing the puzzles. My 2 year old daughter also enjoyed sitting with us whilst we read the books. It is definatley something i would reccommend to other parents, but for children 4+. I feel it is suited to those with children at school better than 3 years olds. Overall a great book with wonderful activities for children to do and educational at the same time.
I'be got two magazines for 3-6 year olds - 'A night to remember' and 'Tell me why, Dad?' Both had a similar layout/content of picture story, factual pages, comic strip, a rhyme, puzzles and a story without words. The quality of the magazine is high, shiny thick card cover and highly coloured thick paper pages. My 4 year old daughter enjoyed listening to the stories and parts of the factual pages, she asked lots of questions about the head lice page! However the puzzles were mostly too difficult for her to do independently so we did some of them together. I feel the puzzles are more suited to 5/6 year olds. We looked at the stories without words and she enjoyed talking about what was happening. She tended to retell the main stories from the beginning of the magazine as these captured her imagination more. It's a lovely magazine but definately more geared towards 5/6 year olds. I may look into ordering these when Lauren is older.
I've got the Story Box magazine for 3-6 year olds. My daughter is 5 so I was really excited to take a look at this with her. I thought the magazine was good it had a really good combination of facts and information mixed with fun stuff and stories. My daughter really enjoyed the stories that I read to her and also enjoyed the colouring and dot to dot. She is going through a real independent stage so likes to do a lot herself (although happy for me to sit next to her) therefore I found some of her interest in certain areas was short lived as she could not do some of the activities in the magazine on her own i.e. the word searches or reading. I think as she is learning to read at the moment it would have caught her interest more if they were words that she was learning in her reading books at school. Easy words they can recognise like cat, dog, mum, dad, this also inspires confidence and promotes interest when she achieves something. She enjoyed the making up your own story using the pictures at the end of the book and putting pictures in correct order and finding the right path activities. As a parent I loved the magazine due to its educational and fun elements and would consider buying it but think I would wait until my daughter is in year 1 to get real value for money unless it catered slightly better for the younger audience.
I was surprised by the very high quality of this mag, there is nothing about it cheap, thick paper and glossy front, very colourful throughout. My first thoughts were This is lovely and I really hope my child doesn't destroy it. We sat down and flicked thorough the pages. The stories and pictures are lovely and there are activities to do with the child. I hadn't come across a child's mag that i really thought was worth the money till now. I would look more into getting a regular subscription for this one.
We've got the Storybox magazine for 3-6 year olds. My little boy loved the non-fiction bits of the magazines and remembered a lot of the facts about the animals and the science which shows how interesting he found the information especially about the stars. He also loved the story which had no words which meant he could "read" me and his little brother a bedtime story. The sam sam cartoon character was really enjoyed, as the comic strip layout was different from a lot of his other books. The main stories were really well illustrated and gave us a lot to talk about and things for me to ask questions about. On the downside as Rohan is only 3 and hasn't learnt any letters so wasn't able to do a couple of the puzzle activities but there were plenty of other activities in the book which he could enjoy. My friend's little boy who is a bit older at 6 enjoyed doing the word puzzles as well as the rest of the magazine so I would say that the magazine may be better for the older part of the age spectrum. He was also fascinated by the non-fiction facts. The magazine is good quality and contains a full length story as well as the extra non-fiction bits and games so I feel it is pretty good value for money at Â£4.15 or slightly less if you subscribe for a year. The magazines also come with a CD which we weren't sent but I'm sure would be excellent if they're the same quality as the magazine. Overall I would say this is a high quality magazine with an excellent range of activities and different fiction and non fiction parts. I think the non fiction parts may help more reluctant readers to enjoy the magazine - my friend's little boy loved these bits and he isn't the world's most avid reader. In fact he enjoyed them so much that my friend is thinking of taking out a subscription and I will be looking at suscribing myself when Rohan is a little older and can play the word based games too.
When this magazine came i was surprised to see it was more like a book then a magazine.. We got A night to remember magazine and A donkey for two.. My son is only 4 1/2 and it was too hard for him to read.. I read the stories to him and we both loved the story.. Each magazine had fact pages which i was educated about too and Louis loved the facts.. There was fill in the missing vowels and cross out the words.which Louis couldn't do yet but he could colour the pictures and follow the trails.Lots of activities to do.. Louis also loved the story at the end of the magazines pictures without words and it was nice to see him tell me the story.. These magazines are Â£4.15 each which i think is reasonable due to the quality of the magazine and 50 pages in each book too. I would buy these books as they are very good. Would reccomend the books i had for 7-8 years olds
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