Kozzie Explorers’ Magazine Review: Why it’s worth the buzz its making

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss

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Do you remember the playpen magazine for kids? Probably only the 80’s generation will know about it, but simply out of curiosity, I decided to run a google search on the playpen magazine to share some pictures with you to hopefully trigger your memory. Unfortunately, the search results returned pictures of playpens for babies and the closest I got was a tweet as far back as 2012. There was page under the same name with the last post made in 2013.

So you can imagine my excitement when I heard about this new Ghanaian magazine for kids!

If the mention of playpen brought back beautiful childhood memories then this review will help you make a decision on whether you would want to take the next steps to subscribe to it. Personally, its the fun learning and reading experience that the kids would gain from this very colourful and interactive magazine.

Snippet of the magazine’s cover
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Before I proceed with the review about the new kids magazine creating the buzzzzzzzzzzzzzz around town, I have good news to share. The super good news is that the FIRST EDITION WHICH IS OUT IS AVAILABLE FOR FREEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will share how you can access the free version at the end of the post for you to also make an independent assessment.

My daughter exploring the digital magazine on her laptop

Who is the mastermind behind this magazine?

This magazine together with a number of kids related programmes and parenting sessions (hosted separately) was created by Aanyedoo.

Which age group is the magazine ideal for?

It is for kids aged 6 years and above (clearly indicated on the magazine cover). Looking through the 56 paged document, I believe kids who are 3+ years can also benefit with adult guidance. It’s a great way to teach your kids whilst bonding with them simultaneously in a fun way. For adults who still have their inner child in existence you can have fun with the kids activity corner. On a more serious note, it can be therapeutic too.

My daughter exploring the magazine

What I love about the magazine

It is very colourful and interactive! The kids can read and see what other kids their age are doing. In my opinion this is positive peer pressure. They might be challenged or aspire to also create or start something on their own. Most importantly, it will encourage the habit of reading in kids. On the plus side, it is a christian-based magazine which helps kids learn about the Bible.

Get to explore places in Ghana

There is the science bit with Professor Dracunculus in his forensic lab to the meal time mysteries (simple recipes to try out with the kids) to short stories to understanding the meaning of big words used in the magazine to the sights and sounds of Ghana to many more.

What makes it different?

My detailed memory of the playpen magazine has been blurred with time but one thing that caught my eye which I “doubt” was in the playpen magazine is the inclusion of a Kidpreneurs section. There is also a section dedicated to kids who have started gigs for themselves off course under the guidance of their parents.

Your kids also get the opportunity to get to know landmarks in Ghana. You can start the tour at home and plan a real life tour with them later on!

How much does it cost?

You can subscribe for as low as GHS7.5!

Magazine subscription rates

How do I get one?

Are you ready for your freebie! Before I provide details on how you can grab copies, click on this link to access the free copy first!

What were you impression of the free copy? Thumbs up or Thumbs down?

So how do you access it? To be able to subscribe, you can either visit https://www.aanyedoo.com/ or contact Reading Rocks on Instagram.

Did I miss any key points you wanted to know? Have you already purchased one? What were your thoughts?You can comment or email omtsdigest@guestdigest.

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Overall impression

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I love the magazine! 56 pages means that a lot of work went into it. I appreciate the level of creativity that went into birthing this much needed magazine for kids.

I also love the concept of having a story which continues in the next edition. This creates some suspense and eagerness for the kids to look forward to the next edition.

It is also very interactive. There are quizzes, short stories, games and crafts, cook section and an opportunity to be featured and also win prizes.

What can be improved

The inclusion of pictorial or video instructions for the rhymes that require some level of play actions from the kids. This would add some more practical fun especially for the 6 year olds and the 3-5 year olds who would be exploring with their parents.

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