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Messy goes to Okido Giveaway



The wonderful world of OKIDO, where curious children become creative scientists, returns to CBeebies this Autumn with 26 new episodes of the acclaimed animated TV show Messy goes to OKIDO directed by Bafta Award-winner Liz Whitaker (Bob the Builder, Pingu and Timmy Time) and featuring the voice of Adam Buxton (The Adam & Joe Show, Bugged, Son of Rambow, Hot Fuzz).   

Messy goes to OKIDO is a comedy adventure series for young children and their families. Messy is an inquisitive and loveable monster who brings science to life as he adventures through OKIDO with his best friends Zoe and Felix.  The brave trio go on journeys of discovery and – with help from the ever-eccentric Zim, Zam and Zoom – unearth the answers to their big questions. When you need to know, go to OKIDO!

Messy’s questions encourage children to think about their environment. Whether it’s “Where does honey come from?”, “Why do we dream?”, “What are genes?” or “What is renewable energy?”, they are concepts which resonate with children everywhere.  

The first series of Messy goes to OKIDO(52 x 11 minutes) first aired on CBeebies in 2015, commissioned by the BBC from Doodle Productions, who created every aspect of the show all under one roof – an extraordinary and unusual feat.  Series Two will feature 26 episodes of this most unique of concepts – communicating science in a highly visual and imaginative way with a mixture of live action, CGI 3d and 2d animation.  The new shows will also be accompanied by six original songs written in his inimitable style by Adam Buxton, on subjects from atoms to metamorphosis, gravity and liquids.

At the heart of OKIDO lies STEAM learning (that’s science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics). Everything in the OKIDO world is designed by science and education experts to encourage collaboration, curiosity, exploration, discovery, creativity and critical thinking.  There is no question of the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects at every level of education but recent research advocates STEAM, the incorporation of arts onto the field of STEM.  Teachers are recognising the value of including creative thinking and visual learning into lessons with the iconic education TV programme Sesame Street incorporating arts into its existing STEM focus.  STEAM is now a global movement encouraging curiosity and imagination in science because extraordinary discoveries come from creative minds. Everything in the OKIDO world is for all genders – it’s a stereotype-free zone, promoting equality for all children.

The OKIDO world encompasses television, publishing and live events, immersing young children in a spectrum of activities and media, all intelligently designed by science and education experts.  Whether watching the TV show, engaging in family events and school workshops, or reading the high-quality magazine, OKIDO children learn through play.  

Messy originally grew up on the pages of OKIDO Magazine. An independent publication started by parents from a kitchen table in Brixton in 2007, it was designed to fire up young imaginations and spark a life-long love of art and science. 

Today its founders, scientist Dr Sophie Dauvois (PhD BSc PG Dip.) and artist Rachel Ortas, are still every bit as passionate about engaging young kids in the scientific world around them using play, art and fun.  OKIDO Magazine is now published monthly with a circulation of over 9,000 having won a host of awards and celebrity fans.  

Created as an antidote to the plastic-wrapped, poor quality publications on the market, OKIDO is a content-heavy, beautifully designed, quality product with high profile contributors including artist Paul Noble, illustrator and author Benji Davies and illustrator and animator Lesley Barnes.  Each issue starts with a story from Rachel Ortas’s much-loved, hand drawn character Messy Monster and also includes science answers from Zim, Zam, Zoom, regular character features, stories, puzzles, doodles, games, activities, science experiments, a poem, a recipe and a pull-out card activity. Developed by education experts to introduce science while also supporting literacy, numeracy and art, all its themes are closely aligned with EYFS and KS1 curriculum topics

I have an awesome giveaway of 6 months worth of the Okido magazine to one lucky winner! Just enter the Rafflecopter below.

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Sounds of the Forest with Taf Toys

A beautiful and unique gift set which encourages interaction between parents and children during story time. As the story of baby owl unfolds children can join in with the musical elements, creating their own hoot sound with the specially designed and realistic owl whistle, and introducing them to the fundamental skills of making music through rhythm. Furthermore, the delightful story offers opportunity for little ones to join in with the other forest animals, tapping with the woodpecker, crunching with the squirrel and flapping as the bat flies. Each gift set includes 1 x board book and 1 x owl whistle. 

This is a beautiful set for any child aged between 2-7 years. And I think would make a wonderful Christmas present. I intended to give it to my nephew but now I have it I actually think Jack would like it. The whistle is not only lovely to use but I think when not in use it would look beautiful in a nursery or children’s bedroom.

You can purchase a sound of the forest set from JoJoMamanbebe or Debenhams

* I was sent this piece for the purposes of review but all opinions are honest and my own.

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BABY Secrets Pets

We were recently asked if we’d like to review the collection Baby Secrets Pets. I said yes thinking that they would be perfect for Jack for Christmas (when he will very almost be 3) but I would use Harry (6) in the photos with one. But actually Harry loved them so much and was so excited I’m un decided who to give them to now.

They were a little smaller than I expected but I still think they’re very cute. There are 32 to collect and they’re actually a great price at £2.99. Perfect as rewards.

Harry was so excited to open them and he loved the one he got, as you can see from the photos.

He was pretty pleased with what he got and would have been happy for it to put it on his shelf (or take it to bed like he has) and that be the end but wen I told him there was more he nearly wet himself and he ran into his teen sister (who was equally excited).

The little nappy the pet is wearing is white and discover if it’s a boy or a girl, you need to fill the little tub up with water and pop your pet inside and the nappy will change to pink or blue. Harry raced to the bathroom.

It turns out our little pet (a unicorn) was a girl.

The collection is actually really good and I would definitely recommend them if your child is into collectibles.

I think I will be purchasing more.

*We were kindly sent these for review but all words and opinions are honest and my own.

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Getting Halloween ready with Wilkos

I have mentioned a few times on here that autumn is my favourite season and one reason is because of Halloween. I love it and so do the children. We used to do the whole trick or treating thing but the teens no longer want to and the little two are happy to dress up and answer the door for children visiting. But this year we have decided to have a Halloween party. We’re all going to dress up and decorate are house all spooky. Wilko very kindly sent us a box of items that are going to make the house look amazing! I can’t wait to see the kids faces.

The thing I love about the Haloween range in Wilkos is that you can go all out scary and creepy or you can have it just a littke spooky for children, whih is what I wanted to achieve because my kids are easily scared.  Do you go all out at Halloween?

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Wally the Washer Review and Giveaway

New for Autumn comes the Wally the Washer table-top game (rrp £24.99, age 4+), developed exclusively for little ones by those wonderful boffins at Drumond Park.

Young children just love watching the clothes spinning round in their washing machine at home – and now they can have their own toy version! Wally spins just like the real thing, then spills out his washing – as young players race to collect their coloured clothes – and be the first to fill their washing line.

Watch out for the dirty old sock!  If it tumbles out with the washing on your turn, you must put all the clothes back and wear the giant clothes peg on your nose, until the next time the dirty sock appears.

 So simple – so much fun!

This irresistible game is easy to set up and play.  You load all the clothes and the dirty sock into the drum, and close the door.  Each player decides what colour of clothes they are going to collect and takes a washing line and a pair of poles of the colour they have selected.  Then Wally is placed within easy reach of everyone, his switch is turned on and his drum starts spinning away.

Each child in turn then has a go at stopping Wally whirling – and as the contents of his drum tumble out, one of the following things will happen:

Only clothes fall out of Wally: Each player picks up their own coloured clothes and quickly hangs them up on their washing line.

Clothes and the DIRTY SOCK fall out:  Any clothes that fell out at the same time as the sock must be put back into Wally’s drum.  The player who stopped Wally spinning then takes the giant clothes peg from the player who is currently wearing it and puts it on their own nose – and keeps wearing it until the next time the dirty sock pops out!

Nothing falls out of Wally:  The player’s turn is finished.

Each game ends when one of the players has hung all their coloured clothing on their washing line – and is declared THE WINNER!

How would you like to win yourself one in time for Christmas? Just enter the Giveaway below 🙂

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