When it comes to kids magazines we have a love/hate relationship. The kids love them, I hate them. Gone are the days where I could carefully select a magazine for its educational and developmental benefits, nowadays it’s ALL ABOUT THE FREE TAT! Who cares about the actual content when there’s (another) free fairy wand or miniature skateboard thingy on offer eh? Fair to say I’d fallen out of love with the lot of them until I was recently sent some issues of ‘OKIDO- The Arts & Science Magazine for Kids’.
This is not your average kids magazine. For starters I’m a bit jealous of just how cool it looks. The whole design and illustration is fun, modern and enticing. Spud and Flump instantly recognised the characters from the hit Cbeebies show ‘Messy Goes To OKIDO’ and couldn’t wait to get stuck into them, pouring over the pages and pages of stories, puzzles and (secretly educational- shhhhh!) fun ideas.
The usually flimsy pages are replaced with high quality heavy paper giving the magazine a more book-like feel and making the cut-out activities sturdy and durable. Usually I try to get the kids magazines into the recycling bin as soon as possible without them noticing but I’m more than happy to keep hold of these for their reading baskets.
Each issue focuses on a topic (eg. water, dinosaurs, bodies, feelings) and offers lots of engaging and fun ways for children to learn and discover through stories, activities, games, doodles, recipes and poetry.
We learnt all about different types of dinosaurs and even have one of our own now!
We followed the story of the water cycle, made our own boat and spent a soggy Saturday afternoon fishing from our own ‘indoor pond’!
Like most kids both mine are fascinated by anything to do with the body and there was lots of cool stuff for them to discover and do, the highlight of the entire magazine (for an 8 year old boy) being a game which involved farting – you can imagine the endless hilarity that caused between the pair of them!
There is so much to do that we haven’t managed half of it yet but so far OKIDO has been a huge hit with both the kids (and me!). It’s aimed at 3-8 year olds and although this seemed like a wide age range to me at first, looking through the issues I can see that this is probably true, younger readers would just need a helping hand from a grown up. In fact I’d even say children over 8 years would enjoy it too. It’s a bi-monthly magazine which retails at £4. You can subscribe for £19.99 for 6 copies which is fantastic value for money given just how much is crammed into each issue. To be in with a chance to win an annual subscription (6 copies) just click on the link below to take you to the entry form!
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If your little one is already a fan of Messy Monster and OKIDO you can find lots of lovely gift ideas on the website including adorable stationery (want), prints (want), toys, books and more.
Disclosure: We were kindly sent these magazines for purposes of this review. All views are my own (and the kids!).