May 15, 2012

BIG Kids Magazine

I found a real treasure in our mailbox today: the 2nd issue of the Australian BIG Kids Magazine.
A pretty cool cover and what's in the mag? I can tell you: a lot! The 60-page biannual publication is packed with contributions from children and artists (among them Dub LefflerIngrid DabringerIlya Donets & Margarita Stchetinskaya), all about maps and treasures, you and your kids can easily get lost for a long while between all the (colouring) pages with imaginative maps and inspiring activities. Really enjoy seeing all the wonderful works of art.

BIG stands for Bravery - Imagination - Generosity. The idea behind BIG is to disrupt traditional hierarchies, with a child-led editorial team, and to promote creative thinking and play, primary through projects between children and artists. Lilly and Jo, the two makers and (very) Creative Directors of BIG, work together side by side from opposite sides of Australia. Visual artist Lilly Blue is based in Sydney and dancer/writer Jo Pollitt lives and works in Perth far away on the West coast. Perth-based and 8 years old: BIG's senior editor Luca. Pippa, Jonah, BG, Zali and Twyla joined the BIG kids team.

Every issue features a pull-out artist print (I will frame this one by Lilly, like it very much) ...

... and the two key projects:
SIDE BY SIDE: children and artists

and CARP (The Child/Artist Response Project)

The next issue will be about Games. Until June 1st, 2012, it's time to join in: "Invent the world's best game." Tell your kids to submit their work here. And here you can order the current issue. Shipping is expensive, so the mag is quite pricey to get outside Australia. Really hope, there will be some stockists in Europe as well soon, I wouldn't miss any issue! To find out more about their next projects, please visit the BIG blog and facebook page.

Ok, I finished this post, now my two little treasure seekers can finally "draw on the pages, mess up the maps, colour in edges and write on the backs". They won't be shy.