I was sent samples of three different Bayard Children’s Magazines, Story Box, Adventure Box and Discovery Box. I had not heard of these titles before, my boys have had the occasional magazine in the past but they were usually ones jam packed with adverts (which meant mummy got badgered for expensive toys that the children really didn’t need!) or really crass cartoons full of toilet humour that mummy did not approve of - these titles on the other hand were completely different.
I really like encouraging my children to read and learn more about the world in general and these publications were lovely, well suited for their target age groups with informative and engaging content. It’s a real shame I hadn’t stumbled on Bayard Children’s Magazines before. Fortunately my boys are still young enough at 7 and 9 to benefit from the magazines for a few years to come but sadly we missed out on the Story Box magazine stage completely.
I think a magazine subscription is one of the best Christmas gifts you can give a child as they can look forward to a delivery every month and have something interesting to read that will help with their development and thirst for knowledge. Bayard Children’s Magazine is an established company; it celebrated its 200th issue in February of this year so if your looking for something high-quality and enlightening but still entertaining look no further.
Children can start off with the Story Box title for those aged 3 – 6 years, you can sit and read a beautifully illustrate tale with your child. I liked how one of the stories had no words just pictures so you could encourage your child to describe what was happening. Games were included again, linking words, finding differences, a picture to colour in and a path to follow so plenty to keep your child happily occupied.
Adventure Box was for children 6 – 9 years it had a decent sized story for them to read, then some facts about the natural world and a section with games to play. The promise of games can be a nice incentive to get children to read the story first.
Discovery Box is for children 9 - 12 years so this was perfect for my eldest, it was educational, plenty of facts but written in an appealing way, with cartoons, jokes and world records – ideal to encourage even the most reluctant of readers to pick up a magazine! As it is both my boys love reading but they can be discerning over what interests them, eldest couldn’t put these magazines down.
You can follow the Bayard Children’s Magazine facebook page but before you dash off please do enter my competition below to win a six-month subscription for one of the three magazines (two winners will pick a title of their choice). Competition will close on the 19th of December.
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