Magazines {The Ordinary Moments}

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.

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  1. February 26, 2017 / 7:46 am

    We don’t buy magazines regularly so like you they are a real treat. I went for breakfast with the girls a few weeks ago whilst the boys were at the cinema and they sat lovely pouring over these magazines we had gotten. So lovely and so simple.

  2. February 26, 2017 / 8:00 am

    I quite like those mags every so often. Some of those toys are rubbush but others are so good. The doctors kit we got is still going strong and it keeps them entertained. For a bit anyway πŸ™‚

  3. February 26, 2017 / 8:09 am

    We love magazines, Lucas looks through them already x

  4. February 26, 2017 / 8:18 am

    I think there are some magazines that I wouldn’t have for the kids but lots of them are great. We buy them for long car journeys too, or anything that’s going to involve them having to sit and wait patiently, and the Lego ones and National Geographic Kids are firm favourites, along with Thomas the Tank Engine! I have a little bit of a magazine habit myself so I’ve always wanted to find the kids something to ‘match’ that brings them as much pleasure as it does me πŸ™‚

  5. February 26, 2017 / 8:37 am

    It’s funny, we do exactly the same, although J struggles to read at the moment the toys, stickers and colouring keep her occupied when we travel. It’s a great little tradition isn’t it (as long as they don’t select musical instruments as the add on!) x

  6. February 26, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    I’ve only brought Alice magazines a couple of times as a treat, it’s just not been something I’ve thought to do. The couple of times she has had one, she has loved it. That’s a great idea for car journeys x

  7. February 26, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    We have never got into magazines as the children don’t watch tv so aren’t familiar with the characters but they do love looking through my home Ines all the time! It’s definitely a good tactic for long car journeys though. X

  8. February 26, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    I do think they are pretty pricey, but can you put a cost on a peaceful car journey free of nagging? lol. We totally do this too, and big it up. I love their excitement at getting a mag and the time they take in deciding which one. x #ordinarymoments

  9. February 26, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    My two love magazines, they get so excited about them! They take me back to being a kid too x

  10. February 27, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    I don’t buy magazines often, I tend to spend time reading when I can. I do buy writing ones now and again, but you know when you picked them up, it’s nice to have a wee read. The kids ones can be useful at times, they are expensive for what they are, but can be useful for amusing them. xx

  11. February 28, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    I get the occasional magazine for Blake he loves the colouring and the story sections but that’s about it atm.

  12. March 3, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    My kids love a magazine too. I think they’re quite expensive for what they are but it’s an easy win for me so I buy them every now and again. They don’t tend to last much longer than an hour or so around here but maybe when Mabel can read to herself they will have a longer lifespan. I have to admit I throw them away as soon as I can get away with because I hate having something extra to clutter up the house! xx

  13. March 4, 2017 / 11:32 pm

    We don’t buy these regularly so they are a real treat when we do. It’s usually Ninja Turtles for the boys πŸ™‚

  14. March 6, 2017 / 10:14 am

    Both my older two love magazines – especially the random toys that come with them. My mum or Ells mum often buys them as a treat, and their little faces always light up. Gorgeous pics xx

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