A few weeks ago the children were sent a couple of copies of the magazine, Okido. Okido is billed as a science and art magazine for children aged 3-8 so I was keen for us to take a look.
The children love magazines, and it’s a rare treat for them to choose one when we go out. They were very excited to see these magazines and recognised Messy from the Messy goes to Okido from Cbeebies.
I was pretty impressed with the magazines. Each one has a theme, and the one that the children were instantly drawn to was the body one. Each magazine has a range of stories and activities based around the theme, things to make and do as well as things to bake or cook. There really is a lot to get stuck into and something that I am sure will appeal to many children,
What I particularly liked about this magazine is that it uses a few different styles; perfect for children that will have different learning styles and preferences to each other.
We have looked at the body one the most (issue 40) and the children love this. There is lots to work through in this issue and both of the children were in awe of the ‘xray’ – where you hold the page up to the light and can see the bones of the character. Brilliant idea. We have also enjoyed some of the activities such as making bodies from different shapes such as circles, rectangles etc.
I also plan to have a go at the gingerbread men and icing the bones or circulatory system onto them – not too sure how that will work out!
What I like about Okido is that it isn’t like other magazines. The children are often more drawn to the plastic tat on the front of magazines and the actual magazines don’t last long as they’re quite flimsy. Okido is printed on lovely thick matt paper with a pull out section with cutting out or drawing activities on. It will stand that test of time and we have our in a couple of magazine racks to refer to; something the children haven’t done with their other magazines which has ended up in a box with various pages falling out.
Okido is published bi-monthly. Subscription information can be found here.