June 26, 2015

Get Kids Reading, Thinking and being Creative with DOT Magazine

I've mentioned before how important I find reading to be. Even before M2 was born, she had a bookcase stuffed with books. We have them all over the house. M2 already loves to read. She gets super excited when she has something new to read, especially if there are lots of colors. Even more so if it comes for her in the mail. Little kids just LOVE to get something addressed to them in the mailbox. When she's reading (well, us reading to her or her flipping through herself) something educational, I'm extra happy. With DOT magazine, M2 gets to read something fun with plenty of color to keep her attention and I'm happy that she's learning.




DOT is a quarterly magazine printed in the United Kingdom. (Why is it that we Americans always seem to think things are extra cool if they're from England? I have no idea, but it does seem to up the cool factor.) It's the happy mag for creative kids. Why is it called DOT? Because the little guy on the front is Dot. He and his friends are throughout the magazine.

It's printed on recycled paper using vegetable ink, making it eco friendly. The pages are nice and thick, not the usual thin, glossy paper you find in magazines. It's really more of a book, which means that M2 isn't going to destroy it right away and can keep it on the book shelf to read and enjoy over and over.

The magazine is printed in vibrant, deep primary colors to attract the little one's attention. M2 was thrilled when I handed it to her. She got to read through it at bed time then insisted on tucking it in and sleeping with it. I take that as a sign that she really likes it.


The inside is filled with cute little stories, nursery rhymes and activities with adorable drawings. I love that here are no ads so the focus is purely on on being educational. The issue M2 got is all about shapes. Fun activities kids can do themselves in the magazine accompany the lessons. The pages about shapes have the kids draw their own. An interview with a librarian has them setting up their own library. There are even pages to color and instructions on a cute craft involving shapes. The whole publication is really dedicated to the mission of encouraging kids to think and be creative. Since the pages are thick enough, any activities M2 can do in the magazine aren't going to bleed through or ruin the pages.

The magazine fosters family time as well. I can sit and go through it with M2, ask her to point out colors and shapes or draw with her. Since the colors are all primary, they're easy for her to figure out. With 32 pages, there is plenty to read and do.

You can sign up for a subscription no matter where in the world you live. If you'd like to learn more about the magazine, stop by here. It's published by Anorak Press, whom you can find here.


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26 comments:

  1. What a cute magazine. It's perfect for little ones.

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  2. What a wonderful magazine. Such lovely bright colors and fun activities to keep them learning.

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  3. What a fantastic publication. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. DOT looks like a great magazine for kids! Thanks for finding and sharing!

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  5. I love this! We use a different kind of book for learning, but I'm obsessed with kids activity books like this! Thanks for sharing this!

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  6. I love the idea of a magazine tailored to early readers like that! My post today is about the importance of early reading too, how timely!

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  7. Love those magazines. They look so creative and so well put together.

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  8. Looks super cute! I haven't heard of this!

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  9. This sounds great for a few of my kiddos. I hadn't ever heard of this before, I'm sure they'd enjoy! - Jeanine

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  10. Kids love stuff like this, and it's good for them. Like veggies, only better!

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  11. Perfect magazine for preschoolers - UK always has the best publications!

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  12. I'm glad it can be subscribed to internationally. It does seem like a really neat magazine!

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  13. This looks like a fun magazine! Love the colors and activities in this one. Super fun :)

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  14. This is nice. I will check these magazines out for my twin toddlers.

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  15. I like that you can use it as a springboard for activities together. The interaction is a great thing!

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  16. I love the design of the magazine!

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  17. I don't think we have that magazine here but I'd love to get the kids reading with it.

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  18. I'm so glad you shared this, I need to subscribe to this for my son! I'm forever looking for more educational fun things to do with him.

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  19. What a great magazine for kids. I will have let my friends with kids know about this!

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  20. This is really neat magazine for kids! My eldest just turned three so now is the time for me to start looking for educational products such as these.

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  21. What a great way to get kids excited to learn! Thanks for sharing this.

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  22. It looks like a great magazine for kids. I live in the UK and can't believe I've not heard of it

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  23. Dot looks like a cool magazine for kids. I haven't heard of this one before.

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  24. How cool! I think my 5 yr old would love to check this out.

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  25. Very cute magazine for the littles!

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  26. I think my young nieces would really enjoy this magazine. We are trying to get them into reading more and something like this is fun and helps them learn too.

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