Review: Mr Tumble Something Special Magazine (June)

We’ve just spent the afternoon completing June’s Mr Tumble Something Special Magazine, cover to cover! We always look forward to their magazines each month, as they are a brilliant activity to occupy the children, whilst providing them with valuable learning opportunities. 

For those of you who haven’t bought it before (or read my previous blog posts) the magazine is fun and educational and based on the Mr Tumble Something Special TV Programme. It’s aimed at all pre-school aged children and is particularly useful for those with special educational needs and disabilities.

 

What do we like about it? 

The magazines are packed full of stories, colouring pages , stickers, activities, crafts and includes makaton signing system on every page. They are great fun and very educational. We also love that the magazine promotes awareness of special educational needs and disabilities. 

This Month’s Magazine: June
 

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Toys can be a bit hit and miss with some children’s magazines, but we are always impressed with the ones from the Mr Tumble Something Special Magazines. This month, I was particularly pleased with the toy-  a Mr Tumble Sorting Clock. Not only did the children love it, but it’s very educational for a magazine toy! We used it to teach about how to tell the time, number recognition, matching and my youngest even enjoyed using the circles for tower building. 

Knowledge learnt:
This month the magazine helped them learn all about: 

Under The Sea – This Magazine couldn’t have come out at a better time as we’ve been learning all about Under The Sea at the moment! We were delighted to extend our knowledge, learning about the octopus, crab and fish with this magazine. 


Food-It’s important for children to understand where food comes from and this month the Mr Tumble Magazine helps introduce the idea of how vegetables are grown. There’s a fun sticking and counting activity illustrating how carrots, cabbages and tomatoes can come from vegetable patches.

Other aspects of food are covered in the magazine too, with a lovely feature on what foods people eat for breakfast. 

There’s also a brilliant pull out page of a placemat for children to use, helping them enjoy meal times!

The Colour Red: We love the focus on a colour each month. Some children can find colour recognition particularly difficult, so this is a brilliant, fun and engaging way of addressing that difficulty. 

Activities

Imaginative PlayImaginative play can present difficulties for some children (whether it be due to language difficulties or that the child is not yet developmentally at that level of play)  so it was lovely to see an activity in this month’s magazine to help children with pretend play skills. There’s two helmets and badges to cut out and construct, allowing children to imagine they are police officers and fire fighters! 


Art and Craft – We love crafts and as always, there’s plenty of activities to get children putting pen to paper and exercising their creativity in this month’s magazine. From lots of  colouring pages to the wonderful collage crab to create!


Gross Motor Skills– It’s brilliant that there’s a dancing activity in this month’s magazine to encourage children to get moving and develop their gross motor skills- we had a lot of fun!



Favourite Activity: This month, my eldest said his favourite activity was ‘the football page’ where he got to follow the lines with a pen and stick football stickers on the page. It’s a great page from a parental point of view too, as children are practising Mark Making skills without realising it! 

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Please note this blog post is Sponsored and we also received a copy of the magazine for review. However, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

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