We have a little bit of a tradition in our house – magazines. Whenever we go on a long journey, a couple of hours in the car, we pick magazines up for the children to keep them entertained, have a little treat and be something else to do that doesn’t involve staring at the in-car DVD players.
LP and Little Man love magazines – there’s always a free toy or other treat with them and the pages are full of bright colours and so much to look at. They spend hours scouring the pages, reading stories, looking at pictures and doing activities – a magazine to them is like the most wonderful treat – and one that just keeps on giving.
I know some people think that magazines are a waste of money or a big expense but for us they’re great value for money, and something that has turned into a regular part of our lives. After they have read the magazines on that first car journey they take the toys into the house with them – sometimes the magazines too – for the colouring and drawing activities.
But then the magazine returns to the car to keep them company on another journey. They swap magazines, share them and read them often. They end up with half a dozen magazines in a pile between their car seats, everything from Thomas and Friends to Mr Tumble and Andy’s Amazing Adventures. It gives them so much choice of things to read, so much variety and makes our car journeys so much smoother. They’ll even pick them up on the way to school for a quick flick through before their school day begins.