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The Arts & Science Magazine for Kids Stories Activities Games Doodles Recipes & poems Issue #14 Living Things & Biodiversity Okido is a quarterly magazine for children aged 2 and above

ISSN 1753-3139 / ÂŁ3.50 10 9

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2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and Okido is joining in the celebration with this special issue.

Hello Okido readers! This issue of Okido is about living things and biodiversity! It is yours to read, write and draw on. Enjoy!

Messy Monster tells us the story of the Glibies and how wonderful it is to be different. Zim, Zam and Zoom discover lots of creatures who live on earth and how amazing they are. Squirrel Boy visits Greybeard, Foxy is in a mysterious forest and Orson and Zeel their garden. How big areexplore the living Play Dinner Dash things? See how big they are byand looking at theis ruler Where myat the bottom of dinner? and guess who is eating who...

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I want to play the trumpet! No! I want to play the trumpet!

Hey, stop always wanting the same thing you two!

A true story about my friends the Glibies...

Let me tell you a story...

Glibies were all the same...

They lived on a planet far away. They were really bored.

They played the same little flute, the same tune, the same sound all the time.

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Story & Illustration by Rachel Ortas

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When he blew into it, the sound was completely different.

It sounded very nice!

This Gliby became very, very happy. The others did not know what to think.

They all shaped their flutes differently...

Quickly, all the Glibies started to shape their flutes. They too wanted to have fun.

The Glibies were very happy playing together and they invented lots and lots of different tunes.

They were never bored again!

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Let’s play together now!

Questions with Zim Zam Zoom:

Why are there so many different living things? We could all be the same.

Am I not perfect?

Zoom can transform into all the creatures he encounters. Can you name them all and colour in the different places he visits?

Story by Dr.Sophie, Illustration by Alex Barrow

Oh, I see! Let’s explore!!

Well guys, living things are all different so they can live all over the planet!

In the water, living things can swim. There you can find really tiny, funny looking creatures. They were the first animals to live on this planet.

Later... they turned into bigger ...! To swim they grew fins and tentacules ... and to eat and protect themselves, some of them grew swords, pincers or big mouths!

Some of these creatures started to walk on the sea bed. Once they reached the land they started to breathe air. They also grew legs to walk, jump and explore the land. They grew teeth so they can chew... Some of the creatures grew wings and started to fly!

Owls have big eyes to see in the dark

WOW! There are so many beautiful living things. They are all different shapes, sizes, colours and textures and they can do so many different things!

Spiders can spin webs to catch flies.

Giraffes have long necks to eat leaves high in the trees.

Now I see how beautiful it is to be different! Mice have a long nose to smell and four legs to run really fast! We are so lucky to live in a world with so many diverse and wonderful creatures!!

What can the other animals do?

Illustration by Anthony Peters

How many living things can you see? Write in what they are! Can you find where they live?

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A f _ _ is about 1cm long. Sometimes it lives in your house.

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Illustration by: Brighten the Corners

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How big are the living things? See how big they are by looking at the ruler at the bottom of the page!

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Let’s Okidoodle! Draw in my pattern!

Illustration by: Alex Barrow

Where do these animals live? Draw them in!

Match up the right animal parts!

Find these trees, collect and draw the leaves

Illustration by: Sister Arrow

Colour in these endangered butterflies

1. What’s in square A1? 2. What’s in square B2? 3. What’s in square A3? 4. What’s in square C2?

Illustration by: Alex Barrow

Let’s look closer on the ground!

Spot the differences in the ponds

Make some scary wooden spoon puppets! Bat

Cut paper ears, and glue them on


Cut paper eyes, and glue them on String for whiskers Cut paper wings, and glue them on Paint the wooden spoons black Stick on a string for a tail

Make a paper whistle Cut a rectangle piece of paper about 5 cm wide x 15 cm long

Fold and cut

Fold again

Now blow!

How many bees... How many bees… can you see in the trees? Find in the flowers...? ... bob on the breeze?

How many bees… are dancing with fleas? can hide in a hedge...? ... or swarm like a sneeze?

Poem by Gabby Dawnay Illustration by New Future Graphics

How many bees… are flying through cheese...? Bothering Brian? ... or tickling Louise?

Find Foxy

Foxy is in a forest where many fabulous creatures live.

Can you see him?

Illustration by Mathilde Nivet

Can you see them?

Story & Illustration by Beth Morrison

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Owls eat meat, mostly small animals like mice.


Puffins eat small fish like herrings.


Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside flowers.


Blackbirds mainly eat earth worms and other insects.

Game & Illustration by Peter Slight

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Dinner Dash! These feathered friends have very diverse diets, and very different dinners! Help them to catch their food. How to Play: Each player chooses a bird and makes a bird card Roll the die and take turns moving your bird card round the board clockwise. When you land on your favourite titbit put a counter on it. First to put a counter on all their titbits (and fill their tum) wins!


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You will need: 12 coloured counters (make your own), 3 of each colour.

Cook some Corn Soup

Please ask a grown up to help since you are going to use the cooker and boiling water!

What you’ll need: A kettle of hot water + 1 grown up to help

1 tbsp flour

1 tsp butter

1 tsp salt

1 chopped onion

1 cup of peas

1 cup of corn

1. Place the butter in the pan

2. When the butter has melted add the onions

4. Mix with a wooden spoon so that it doesn’t burn

5. When it becomes a paste, add the hot water filling up 3/4 of the pan

6. When the water starts bubbling, add the sweet corn...

7. Then... the peas

8. Let the soup sizzle for 5 mins, when ready add some cheese and mix

9. Stir


Recipes by: Sabrina Tabuchi

3. When the onions are transparent add the flour

& Corn Muffins – with chef Emil What you’ll need:

1. Mix all ingredients together, but don’t mix too much. The texture must be “crumbly”

1 cup of corn meal

1 cup of milk

1 cup of flour

1/4 cup of oil

2tsp baking powder

1 egg

1/3 cup of sugar

2. Grease the tray using a little oil

3. Spoon your mixture in the tin

4. Put the tray in a preheated oven (180 •C) (Gas Mark 4) for 15 -20 minutes

5. Take out when the muffins are golden brown and a knife comes out clean

Time to eat!

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Published by Okido Studio Editor Sophie Dauvois Creative Director Rachel Ortas Art Director Alex Barrow Design Brighten the Corners Sub-Editing, PR & Marketing Gabby Dawnay Contributors Sister Arrow, Alex Barrow, Brighten the Corners, Gabby Dawnay, Beth Morrison, New Future Graphic, Mathilde Nivet, Paul Noble, Rachel Ortas, Anthony Peters, Peter Slight, Sabrina Tabuchi, and Zeel and Orson. Cover Illustration Anthony Peters Thanks to Stephan Silver for proofreading. Thanks to the Wellcome Trust for its support.

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OKIDO issue 14 - Biodiversity  
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Living Things and Biodiversity