Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Review - BIG Kids Magazine Treasure Maps 2012

This has got to be one of the most innovative and exciting things I've seen in a long time. An art magazine for kids which is designed to inspire, provoke, invigorate and challenge. And not only that, it's meant to be cut up, drawn on and used! BIG Kids Magazine is full of prompts to spark the imagination, extend ideas and - simply - make art.

The emphasis is on art collaborations between kids and adults 'side by side'. Both adult and child artists are published in the mag and neither group are given more space or prominence than the other. There's no hierarchy (the senior editor is aged 8) and there's no 'talking down' to children (many of the art prompts are created by children themselves).

But anyway, never mind the kids. When I flick through it, I'm inspired to create! The design is fun, colourful and eclectic. Each page is visually stimulating and exciting - your eyes hardly know where to look!

When I originally saw this mag promoted online I took a punt and subscribed to the first two issues. This is the second one I've received and it's just as good as the first. I'll definitely go back for number 3 in November. And just as an aside, the next issue's theme is Inventing the World's Best Game and they're accepting submissions worldwide from both adults and children.

Miss P will turn 3 later this month and I think it'll probably be another year or more before she gets the most out of these magazines (or maybe it's my unwillingness to let them be drawn in and cut up just yet!!). But I'm holding onto them so that we can work on the responses together. I can't wait.

BIG Kids tagline is: 'Bravery Imagination Generosity' (that's the 'BIG')...all worthy aims for a living a creative life, for children and adults alike.

Check out the BIG Kids blog.
You can purchase BIG Kids magazine here.

Double-page spread from BIG Kids magazine 'Treasure Maps' edition