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The Arts & Science Magazine for Kids Stories Activities Games Doodles Recipes & a poem Issue #24 Animals Okido is a quarterly magazine for children aged 3 to 8

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Hello Okido readers! Welcome to your magazine. This issue is all about animals. What is an animal? Where do they live? What do they eat? Let’s explore, play together and have fun making animals, cooking, and colouring along the way. Enjoy! Start by writing your name:

Okido helps children learn through play. It is full of stories, activities and games that stimulate creativity and inspire scientific interest.

Messy Monster helps the pandas (p.4). Zim Zam and Zoom discuss what an animal is (p.8). Foxy is hiding in an ant hill (p.14). Squirrel Boy goes on a school trip to the zoo (p.38). Read the animal poem (p.18) and the crocodile story (p.32). Speak Animal French in the ‘Says who?’ game (p.34), make some masks and a flip book (p.44), cook animal pancakes (p.42), colour in and doodle-do! (p.21)

We love to fly on Messy Monster’s back!

Story & Illustration by Rachel Ortas

‘Look! Someone needs our help...hold on tight!’ says Messy Monster.


‘Hello Panda girl’.

‘Hello Messy Monster’, says Panda girl, ‘I’ve been waiting for you!’

‘The pandas need your help! Their bamboo forest is getting smaller and smaller and pandas need a lot of bamboo to live....Can you save them?’



‘I have an idea’, says Messy Monster.

We just need some magic bamboo seeds....

...then we’ll plant them everywhere

...all around the planet!

Grow grow grow, baby bamboo!

Thank you, Messy Monster! The pandas are happy now.


Questions with Zim Zam Zoom:

Don’t be silly Zam, animals have legs! Stones don’t have legs!

What is an animal?

Story by Dr Sophie and illustration by Alex Barrow

Is this stone an animal?

It’s not only legs...a table has legs. An animal is a living thing, but a table is not.

This table is made of wood from a tree. Isn’t a tree a living thing?

All this thinking has made me hungry...


Yes, but a tree is a plant not an animal. And plants can’t move but animals can.

What about a mouse? Zam’s a mouse and she’s not a plant, I’m sure of that!

Yes! All animals need to eat too but tables don’t!

So, Zam is an animal because: she needs to eat, she’s a living thing and she can move on her little legs!

...and another special thing about animals is that they can feel.

Animals have babies, too...

I can feel Zim on my back and can also see him.

But a snake has no legs - is it still an animal?

And a spider has 8 legs is it still an animal?

Animals move in all sorts of different ways, with or without legs! Snakes slither, spiders walk, rabbits hop, birds fly...but they all move!

Is a rabbit an animal?

Animals come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes and can do all sorts of different things. Let’s find out about some of them...


Let’s play the ‘WHO AM I?’ game. Try to guess which animals on the right are being described from the clues below.

Where do I live?

What do I eat?

How do I move?

I live in the desert

I eat dates and grains

I walk in the desert

I live in the sea

I eat fish, crabs and snails

I swim under the sea

I eat insects and fruits

I fly outside the cave

I eat small insects

I crawl in tunnels

I live in a Cave

I live underground


To play more: one player picks an animal (don’t say which one) The other players guess which animal it is by asking the following questions: Where do you live? What do you eat? How do you move? What’s your special trick?

Who am I ?

What’s my special trick? I can go for days with little food and drink

I can spit ink to protect myself from predators


? Pick me! Pick me!

I have the best hearing


I’m blind and store food in an underground hole

? 11

Animal Migration Migration is when animals move home. Some of them travel a long, long way. Follow the dotted lines with your finger to find out where these animals travel to Salmon when they migrate and say the name of the country out loud.

We travel 16,000 km from Asia all the way to America to lay our eggs where we were born

We swim from the ocean up rivers to lay our eggs inland, where we were born America Eel

Leatherback turtle

We whales travel all around the world to find more food and warm waters


Illustration by Maggie Li

We swim out of English rivers to warmer seas in the Caribean to breed South America


Spot which animals fly and which ones swim to migrate

We have to go south to China for warmth Siberian crane



We fly from Europe to Africa to escape the chill

We kangeroos only live in Australia because we can’t get across the ocean warm


Giant panda



OKIDO has travelled over 18,000 km to reach its readers in New Zealand

Australia cold


I don’t like to move around much, so I stay put in China


Find Foxy


He is hiding in this ant hill!

Illustration by Mathilde Nivet


The Animal Zoo

With a whistle and a squeak and a terrible roar Came a rat-a-tat-tat on the big front door. “Quick” cried my brother, “our guests have arrived!” So I opened the door and in they dived… First one by one, then two by two Came the birds and the beasts from the Animal Zoo. With a rumble and a whoop and a terrible roar All the animals marched through the big front door.


The giraffe had to bend his endless neck While the tortoise trudged and the zeb ras trekked. The peacocks preened and the rhin o pushed, The mice scuttled past and the par rots whooshed… My brother and I got such a fright When the monkeys swung on the ceiling light, And the lolloping lion caused quite a stir With his shaggy-chic mane and rippling fur.

The bears gave us both an enormous hug And the elephant tripped on the hallway rug… The snake slid by with the chimpanzee Hissing: “Thank you for having us-s-s round to tea!”

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And with that all the animals took their seats And began to devour the tea-time treats; The monkeys went bananas for the ice-cream dish, There was hay for the zebras and the croc snapped fish! They munched and crunched and licked and slurped ‘Til the food disappeared and the animals burped! Then out they dived through the big front door With a rumble and a whoop and a satisfied roar. First one by one, then two by two Went the birds and the beasts from the Animal Zoo… “Goodbye!” we cried, my brother and me, “Same time tomorrow?” winked the chimpanzee…

Written by Ga bby D

Illustrated by Lesley Bar nes 20


Let’s Okidoodle! These animals are mixed up...

elegator Create your own and think of a name

Picto-animal puzzles Guess the animal names from the pictures below, as in the caterpillar example

r Caterpillar

OKI-DOKI Games: Animal Footprints

A game for two players: one player chooses a negative footprint and says ‘OKI’, the other player has to find the same positive footprint and say ‘DOKI’. Next round DOKI starts and the players then take turns.

Second game also for two players. One player chooses an animal and says ‘OKI’, the other player has to find the same animal’s footprint and say ‘DOKI’. Next round DOKI starts and the players then take turns.

check the animal footprints on page 28

Spot the difference in the jungle

Spot 10 animals who don’t live in the jungle

check your answers page 28

Leap frog game Colour in red all the animals bigger than a frog. Colour in blue all the animals smaller than a frog.

Animal camouflage Animals are amazing! Some can blend into the background, helping them hide from predators. Can you colour in the animals you can see?

Colour my pattern! Snakes have different colours and patterns. Give this snake a colourful pattern

Answers from Spot the difference and OKI-DOKI games:

animals not from jungle 28

Story & Illustration by Pawel Nyszczyj

Butterfly life cycle sandwiches!



A female butterfly lays tiny eggs on a leaf.

The grown-up caterpillar attaches itself to a twig and turns into a chrysalis.



Caterpillars hatch from the eggs. They eat a lot and grow fast.

Inside the chrysalis, the caterpillar changes into a beautiful butterfly.

Now make your own sandwich with ingredients you like eating.


You will need:

Let’s make some fun animal stories



2. Throw again! If you roll a 2, your story reads, ‘A frog licks …’.

1. First roll to choose the animal. If you roll 6, your story starts, ‘A frog …’.

Die Pen Paper





















4. Throw again! If you roll a 5, your story reads, ‘A frog licks a mouse in a pond’.

3. Throw again! If you roll a 3, your story reads, ‘A frog licks a mouse …’. 1

a zebra


in a cave


a spider


in a bush


a mouse


under the hot sun


a worm


on the beach




in a pond


an ice cream


under a full moon

Zoe... gobbles... a zebra on ! the beach Haha!


Story & Illustration by Pawel Nyszczyj

Once upon a time, by the River Nile, there lived a crocodile who was very grumpy.

In fact, all the crocs were grumpy and for the same reason.

They all had toothache.

This was because their arms were too short to reach their mouths when brushing their teeth.

The other animals wanted to help but were too afraid they would be snapped.

All night long they cried crocodile tears, which meant that the other animals couldn’t sleep. 32

Crocs snapped at the flamingo coming for a drink, and even at the elephant coming for his bath.

He said that if the crocodile promised not snap him, he would have a look

Only the little plover bird was brave enough to come close and make the crocodile an offer.

The plover bird did a good job of cleaning the crocodile’s teeth. Croc was happy that the pain was gone.

at croc’s teeth and clean them.

So since that time, plover birds have cleaned crocodiles’ teeth and they have become best friends. *In nature, when two species have a relationship where they depend on each other or cooperate together, it’s called symbiosis. 33

Says who? You will need: a coin Help! The animals have lost their voices. Can you help them find them?

Game Illustration & Design by Eve Izaak

How to play with a friend: One player flips the coin. If it lands on heads, that player takes English (blue) as their language and the other player takes French (red). The players then take it in turns to call out one of the animals here and follow the wiggly trail to find that animal’s noise. Shout it out in your language!


Woof-woof Woaf-woa f

Meow Miaow

h Meuuhh Moo Cockadoodledoo Cocorico

Dog / Chien Cockerel / Coq

Cow / Vache Cat / Chat

Oink-oink Groin groin

Buzzzz Bzzz bzzz

eet w t t Twee i cui Cu

Beeeeehh Baaaaa

Croaw Ribbit

Bee/ Abeille

Bird/ Oiseau

Sheep/ Mouton Pig/ Cochon

Frog/ Grenouille


Wow! Surpreyes! I see a tape-measure-snail!

Wow! Surpreyes! I see a piggy balloon! 36

What about you? Draw what you see :)

What about you? Draw what you see :)

Wow! Surpreyes! I see a peacock-glove!

Wow! Surpreyes! I see a scissors-bird!

What about you? Draw what you see :)

What about you? Draw what you see :) 37

38 Story & Illustration by Beth Morrison




Animal Pancakes Follow these instructions to make some yummy animal face pancakes.

1. Crack your egg into a large mixing bowl. 2. Add the milk. 3. Sift the flour into the bowl with the milk and egg. 4. Whisk everything together until you have a lovely smooth batter. 5. Get an adult to help you put a large pan on the hob, heat it up and add some butter. 6. Ladle the batter onto the pan and cook on both sides until golden. Use a spatula to turn them over! 42

Once you have your pile of pancakes, it’s time to decorate! What animals can you make?

Recipe by Eve Izaak


Make your own animal flip book! What you need: Ruler 4 x A4 paper (1 coloured, 3 white)

What to do: 1. Fold the A4 pieces of paper in half. Use the coloured one for the cover.

3. Put the pieces together and staple them twice on the edge.

5. Cut the 3 inside pieces of paper up to the fold.

6. Now flip the pages to create some crazy animal combinations!

Pencils Stapler Scissors

4. Draw an animal on each page, with the head at the top and legs at the bottom.

Hello! I’m a Catmonduck!

Grroaribbitt! I’m a Sharkbearfrog!

For more flip book tips and ideas visit 44

Egg box animal masks What you’ll need: Egg carton Acrylic or gouache paints Elasticated string Thick paper for the whiskers Scissors Brushes Glue


1. Cut the egg box into sections. 2. Paint each nose and when You can use both the shallow and dry, draw on details like nose, pointy parts for different animals. nostrils and teeth with a pen.


3. For animals with whiskers, use the thick paper to cut them out. Then glue them onto the nose.

4. Prick a hole on each side of the nose. Then thread the string through and tie it in a knot.



Dog! Can you think of any other animals to make? Activities design and illustration by Amy Manning


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Pattern by Rebecca Anne Louise Watson.

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OKIDO issue 24 - Animals  

OKIDO arts and Science children Magazine. This issue is all about ANIMALS

OKIDO issue 24 - Animals  

OKIDO arts and Science children Magazine. This issue is all about ANIMALS