My oldest child just started preschool a few weeks ago, and the first time we visited his new classroom I was amazed at all the stuff to look at–bulletin boards about the five senses, hanging mobiles of different shapes, students’ names spelled in construction paper letters, and on and on. Every inch of the room was decorated with posters, banners and pictures. My little guy loved it.
That “Wow! What do I look at first?” feeling can be found on the pages of Friends magazine too. Published by Redan six times a year, the magazine features games and activities from your child’s favorite licensed characters like Super Why, Yo Gabba Gabba, Scooby Doo, Curious George and more. I think of it as more of an activity book than a magazine, but each issue does have stories mixed in with the games and color sheets.
The cover features all of the kid-favorite characters participating in seasonal activities. The September/October 2010 issue, for instance, is all about fall and Halloween. Clifford the Big Red Dog is popping out of a pumpkin, while Curious George perches atop a jack-o’-lantern. It’s the kind of publication that at first glance might not look all that aesthetically pleasing to adults, but kids love it. “Is that for me?” my 3-and-a-half year old always asks when he sees it in the mail pile. Picture an explosion of several Saturday morning cartoons, and you’ve got Friends magazine.
Parents will be pleased to find that plenty of educational material is mixed in along with all the characters. In this most recent issue, Scooby Doo helps kids count candy corns and owls, while the Yo Gabba Gabba crew focuses on colors and early reading.
If you have a kid obsessed with certain characters, you might want to give Friends magazine a try. It’s like watching an episode of your child’s favorite show without the annoying theme song getting stuck in your head!