Wednesday, 21 October 2015

CBeebies Launches Hey Duggee Official Magazine


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Have you watched Hey Duggee on CBeebies with your little one? It is all about children from The Squirrel Club taking part in all kinds of activities, have adventures and earn badges for their accomplishments. It is kind of an after school or day centre activity club, but it reminds me of what scout groups do too - earning badges for your achievements.

The show is fun to watch and the animation is really cute! Does your little one(s) want to participate in The Squirrel's Club as well? Now they can with the freshly printed and launched today CBeebies Hey Duggee magazine! They can even earn their own badges!


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Chef Clay loving his Roly finger puppet!
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The CBeebies Hey Duggee magazine (£2.75, monthly release; suitable for children between 2 to 6 years old, core age 4 years olds) is a 36 pages magazine that comes with sticker sheet (for the activities), a sticker badge and assorted gifts.

The first issue - The Cake Badge Issue, comes with a foam chef hat (with Velcro straps), Roly finger puppet, Duggee cookie cutter and baking set toys (whisk and spoon).

It's not a new thing that a magazine comes with gifts, but Hey Duggee actually incorporate the gifts in some of their activities, which makes them more useful (than just a toy) and very interactive too (more about this later)!


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The magazine introduces the 7 areas of learning, which supports Britain's Early Years Curriculum. I had a good look at the activities and they not only cover numeracy and literacy, but encourage children to think about creative things and logically too! The activities are really fun to do, and some are really clever as well! Here are some examples without trying to give too much fun away:


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The Which Squirrel are You? quiz is spot on!


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There is the usual "link the numbers to reveal a picture" exercise, but I like this Draw Your Cupcake one more, because it uses picture instructions to teach young children how to draw it, and it has started half a cake as well, so children can learn how to match the second half of the pattern. So it actually teaches children how to draw a cupcake, which makes more sense for children at this age, instead of asking them to freely draw one, where they might struggle (and the parent ended up drawing it for them).

Another activity I found really clever is the Give Duggee a New Hairdo. You (the parent) cut the strip of different hair styles and slot the whole strip in the gap you cut on top of Duggees head, so when they child slide the strip up and down, they change Duggee's hairdo!


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There is also more hands on activities such as Make Duggee's Kitchen, with lots of cutting and sticking involved, and baking Duggee's cookies (both require adult supervision and help, but our help is required to guide them through the magazine anyway). Both of these activities require something from the gift pack too, and I can tell that Clay is more excited about that than using the gifts as a toy. We will be doing these 2 exercises together very soon (it's almost half term!)!



As a reward for completing the My Squirrel Club Book, which is a section inside the magazine, children are rewarded the sticker badge included in the gift pack. They can then stick this on their My Hey Duggee Badge Collection poster included with the magazine! They are now one of the Squirrels!


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I really like the activities in Hey Duggee magazine. They are all fun, and children can learn through play too. There are also stories included that you can to your child. Children get to play with stickers, but the actual reward is the big spongy badge! For Hey Duggee fans who likes to become one of the Squirrels, this will definitely get them involved.

Do note that, although the magazine is for preschoolers, the activities are designed for parents to do together with the child, which I think is fantastic for parents like me who doesn't know what to do when it comes to spending quality time together (can't just read book or watch a show all the time!), and it's proven that children thrives a lot more with parents support at home than just leaving the school and teachers to do all the teaching.

So I think that this is a perfect learning support material that is fun to do, and is only £2.75 a month. The next issue is all Christmassy and comes with a Duggie figurine too! Children will get the chance to earn the Tinsel badge as well!

Also! You can easily match the magazine with the Hey Duggee episodes too if your child like a recap! There are currently 22 episodes on BBC iPlayer, and The Cake Badge is the second episode.