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21st January 2020

Discover the Wonderful World of OKIDO

We sat with Linda from OKIDO, Kings Mall’s kids pop up play zone, to find out more about the wonderful world of OKIDO and what they’ve been up to in Hammersmith. 

 

Hi Linda! Please introduce yourself.
I’m the Creative Producer at OKIDO. I’ve got a background in fashion and textiles, but decided to join the OKIDO world of science 6 years ago!

 

Can you explain OKIDO to our readers?
For all those who aren’t sure, its pronounced Oh-Kee-Do! I met the founders – scientist Dr Sophie Dauvois (PhD BSc PG Dip.) and artist Rachel Ortas – at the school that our kids attended together. We were unsatisfied with the current children’s magazine offering and decided to create an alternative.
Our magazines are designed specifically with learning-through-play in mind. Each issue is made up of stories, games, an experiment, and a recipe that the family can make together.
Since then we have launched our BBC show, ‘Messy Goes to OKIDO’ and are currently working on a public engagement piece with Imperial College surrounding Asthma and Breathing with babies and toddlers.
 
I’m impressed that you manage to find time to run your studio in Kings Mall!
We are definitely busy. This is our first ever large-scale space, which means that for the first time ever, we are able to put on children’s events! We host a club for 20-30 home school children every Tuesday morning, alongside children’s birthday parties and collaboration events with other brands each weekend. This is also our first ever shop!

 

What else do you get up to in the studio?
We rim the magazine from our Kings Mall studio when we aren’t busy hosting events. Our aim behind the magazine is to engage children with science and the world around them… but always in a fun and playful way! It’s high-quality and uses minimal plastic, meaning that parents are less likely to throw it away.

 

Perhaps us adults could all learn a thing or two from the magazines!
Most certainly! We find that everything is about science for children between the ages of 3-7.
“Why am I blinking?” “Why is the sky blue?”…all those questions have scientific answers to them and for this reason, we aim to make our magazines cross-generational. The content is interesting for kids, parents and grandparents. We want to inspire families to discover these answers together.

 

Sounds great! Can you provide any tips for those new to Hammersmith?
Me and the rest of the OKIDO team absolutely love the Eat Tokyo! We also shop in Wilko’s and Poundland every week to buy the arts and crafts products for our workshops. They are very useful!

 

You can find OKIDO for the rest of January in Kings Mall. Visit www.okido.com for more info.

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