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 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.
This post is sponsored by Anorak Press.