Like most children, Mr D and Miss E enjoy a magazine, which is an occasional treat here. I do like the Thomas the Tank engine and Peter Rabbit ones as there are lots of activities in them that help the children in developing their skills and knowledge, but I can’t help but wonder if the price might be a little cheaper if they didn’t come with so much plastic attached to them!
Don’t get me wrong, the children love the little toys that come with the magazines but my house if already drowning under ‘stuff’ and I really don’t think we need yet another Thomas train.
It was nice therefore to see the new(ish) magazine called Storytime. It is a very simple idea – an advert free, plastic tat free, magazine dedicated to sharing stories between parents and their children.
There are endless studies and reports that document the importance of sharing stories with young children so a magazine like this is just perfect for sharing with children.
We were sent a couple of copies to take a look at and the children have enjoyed them. There is a great variety contained within the magazines, with stories sure to appeal to all children. There are short stories and poems as well as longer, more in-depth stories.
There are also some activities contained at the back of the magazine, drawing spots for a Dalmatian, or playing a game. There are some lovely ideas for play and learning, all connected to the stories that have been shared in the magazine.
One of our magazines contained Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which Mr D was delighted with as my dad has been keen to share some of the songs from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in recent weeks. It’s a film we will watch together in a few years, when the prospect of the child catcher is less scary – it still spooks me all these years on!
Storytime is such a lovely magazine and it’s made by a small independent publisher who simply want to share great stories with parents and children. The magazine is run as a social enterprise which means that the money they make goes back into producing the magazine.
It’s a lovely magazine and it’s printed on lovely thick quality paper which means it withstands the heavy hands of my two much longer than some of the other magazines that we have! It is one I’ll be steering Mr D and Miss E to in the future when they’re due a magazine as a treat.