めばえ Magazine for Toddlers

25 Apr

I think this magazine cover is going to give me a seizure!

My daughter recently received a copy of “Mebae/めばえ” magazine for her birthday. It is a Japanese magazine for children ages 2-4. It is filled with lots of short stories, stickers to paste on specific pages, games, crafts, furoku, and advertisements.It has given us hours of things to read and do together.

“Furoku” basically means a bonus gift. In the March issue that we received, the main furoku was a Build-Your-Own-Power-Shovel. There is absolutely no way that a toddler can put this together on their own. It took my engineer-husband nearly half an hour to put ours together (he doesn’t know Japanese but he figured it out). The finished toy is pretty cool:

めばえcosts 550 yen in Japan. My parents bought it for $11.00 at the local Japanese bookstore. I’ve been looking online to see if you can get it through Amazon or eBay, but it doesn’t look like you can.  We’ve collected old children’s magazines at garage sales where the furoku is missing, but we have still enjoyed reading the stories together.

I’ve blogged about this before, but click here to go to dakko.jp’s website called “おやこであそぼ”. It has a lot of fun activities for kids divided by age.

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3 Responses to “めばえ Magazine for Toddlers”

  1. yseino April 26, 2011 at 2:15 PM #

    Haha, that thing is for a 2-4 year to make? That looks like an intense magazine. I was surprised at how popular anpanman still is EVERYWHERE in Japan!

    • Hiragana Mama April 26, 2011 at 3:23 PM #

      I think it’s just understood that the parents will make the furoku 🙂

      Yes, Anpanman is sooo popular, and there’s a bazillion different characters now!

  2. jen August 28, 2011 at 8:53 AM #

    I love your blog 🙂

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