Tuesday 7 July 2015

First Friends Magazine - Review

We recently got offered a chance to review a brand new magazine called First Friends which is aimed specifically at 2-4 year olds.

First Friends features well known characters such as The Gruffalo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar and has been carefully designed to support children's early learning steps.

Although Elliot is too young to read, he loves magazines - especially the free gifts on the front! We normally buy the CBeebies magazine as I know it's going to be educational, and he likes looking at all the pictures of his favourite characters and presenters. Based on this, I had a funny feeling he would love First Friends! :)

The magazine was an instant hit as soon as he spotted the Gruffalo! It was bright and eye-catching and came with a free gift, a little Hungry Caterpillar tea set. It didn't take long before Elliot was offering me a "cup of tea"!

Inside the magazine there were lots of activities to keep Elliot busy and he was immediately drawn towards the stickers. He spent ages recognising the page numbers and seeing where the stickers should go - he particularly liked sticking the candles on the Hungry Caterpillar's birthday cake!

Other features included short stories, colouring pages, Woolly & Tig spot the difference, craft activities nursery rhymes, competitions and part 1 of a cute Elmer height chart.

First Friends kept Elliot amused far longer than other magazines, we read it together from start to finish and amazingly it held his attention! I loved that it captured his imagination and he was really keen to complete the activities.

First Friends is priced at £2.99 which I think is great value considering all that it offers.  I would definitely buy it again for Elliot and would much prefer him to have this than some of the magazines that are in the newsagents these days!

First Friends is published by Redan Publishing Ltd and the first issue (this very issue!) is on sale from 8th July.

Disclaimer: We received the magazine for the purpose of this honest review. All views are my own

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  1. Interesting magazine. It seems like your sun enjoyed it and I could see how young kids would get a kick out of it. #TwinklyTuesday

  2. This looks great - Monkey likes magazines too but I don't buy them because he's too young for them - may give this one ago though since he is now just 3 it should work for him :) #kidscorner xx

  3. Sounds like a great magazine for little ones - my two would love this. The stickers are always a big hit with them too :-)

  4. Lovely to see a magazine aimed at younger ones. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  5. This looks like a fab little comic for tiny people! My twins are 2 and have only ever been bought one magazine.

    They really liked looking at the pictures but best of all, I think they liked ripping them up!! Hence the reason they've only been bought ONE!! At 3.99 per comic, I was horrified that they ended up in tiny pieces all over the floor!

    £2.99 is good value and the free gift looks great too :) Will keep my eyes peeled for this :) Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday — hope to see you again next week! x

    Caro | www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

  6. Great review! I loved this magazine and at £2.99 it was so much more reasonable than many others aimed at this age group!

  7. lovely review we had this mag recently as well lovely isnt it great for toddlers thanks for linking up to #kidscorner


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