It’s certainly not news that we love all things Okido, but, just in case you’re still in the dark, Okido is a fabulous arts and science magazine for children aged three to eight. It is packed full of games, activities and stories, one of which is Rachel Ortas’ Messy Monster, which tells of the (educational) adventures of Messy and his two friends, Felix and Zoe and characters Zim, Zam and Zoom. It’s always been one of our favourite bits of the magazine. Messy has recently been rewarded for his scientific endeavours with a CBeebies television series Messy Goes to Okido (well worth a watch – Messy is voiced by comedian Adam Buxton) and to accompany the launch Thames & Hudson have published three storybooks (Sandwiches in Space, The Magic Raindrops and Exploding Ice Cream!, RRP Â£5.95) and an activity book, Messy’s Doodle and Do (RRP Â£5.95) exploring Messy’s escapades. The books look at questions like What is gravity? How do flowers grow? and How do we taste? and come with a sheet of stickers and an experiment to try. A further title, Let’s Explore with Messy, looking at nature, is due next month. A really great way to nuture an interest in scientific concepts at an early age.