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Categories Children's science magazine
Frequency Monthly
Founder Rachel Ortas and Sophie Dauvois
Year founded 2007
Country United Kingdom
Based in London
Website Okido

OKIDO is a monthly art and science publication for young children in the UK. The magazine is published by Doodle Productions Ltd and was created in 2007 by artist Rachel Ortas and scientist Sophie Dauvois. They are assisted by Art Directors Alex Barrow and Maggie Li.


Each issue starts with a story from Ortas’s character Messy Monster and also includes science answers from Zim, Zam, Zoom, regular character features, stories, puzzles, doodles, games, activities, science experiments, a poem, a recipe and a pull-out card activity.

Regular character stories include "Messy Monster" by Rachel Ortas, "Zim Zam Zoom" by Alex Barrow, "Yoga Monkey" by Paul Noble, and "Squirrel Boy" by Beth Morrison. Each issue also includes stories from guest illustrators.

Messy Goes to Okido

In September 2015, Messy Goes to Okido, which has been developed from the magazine, was launched on the BBC's CBeebies channel as a 52-part television series aimed at three to five-year-old children. Series 2 begun airing in 2018 and finished in October 2019, though reruns of the show continue as of 2020.

The program has also helped expand the Okido brand overseas, as it airs in numerous foreign nations and has dubs in over 10 different languages.

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