In news that will restore the sanity of parents everywhere, a new Bluey magazine is out now and it is an actual game-changer for these groundhog days at home while we wait for more social restrictions to be lifted.

Ask any parent and we’re sure the majority would admit to more than usual screen time with the kids over the past couple of months – and there’s absolutely no judgement here! But, if your child has spent the past weeks in lockdown binge-watching Bluey then this activity mag is basically an essential service, for you and your kids.

Isolating at home with your Bluey-obsessed kids just became a whole lot easier.

The magazine is packed with fun activities that kids can do independently (yes, you read that correctly. Wackadoo!)

Your Bluey super fan can draw, stick, colour in, imagine, create, make and do, with loads of open-ended play and opportunities for children to use their imagination.

Parents can also make like Bandit (dad) and Chilli (mum) and get involved with the crafts and games.

Why is everyone talking about the ABC Kids show Bluey?

If you have not yet come across the insanely popular Australian animated series about a dog called Bluey and her family, here’s what you need to know.

The show premiered on ABC Kids in October, 2018. Since then, Bluey has become ABC iView’s most watched program in history and has gone global after been picked up by Disney and the BBC.

Aimed at five-to seven-year-olds but loved by people of all ages, the cartoon follows a six-year-old blue heeler puppy, Bluey who lives in Brisbane with her parents, Bandit and Chilli and four-year-old sister, Bingo.

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Bluey explores everyday life and follows sisters, Bingo and Bluey spending a lot of their time in unstructured, self-directed play at home.

“Playing seems as natural to them as breathing,” explains the show’s creator Joe Brumm. “It’s fascinating seeing how much they learn from devising and playing their own games, especially the more elaborate and social ones.”

Parents praise the show for showing how families play and have genuine fun together.

“I swear these series is making our family stronger and better through learning play options,” one fan on the Bluey Facebook page.

“In the midst of motherhood and parenthood it has been my saviour, in terms of a daily reminder to have fun with it all, and that I am doing ok at it,” wrote another.

The second series premiered on March 17, 2020, with the first 26 episodes airing daily.

Celebrity guests including Hamish Blake, Zoe Foster Blake and Anthony Field from The Wiggles have all voiced characters in the new season.

Bluey magazine ($5.99) is on sale from May 18 from Woolworths, Coles, Kmart and newsagents or you can subscribe and have it delivered directly to your door for $7.99 by clicking here. There’s a new issue of Bluey magazine out each month.