Little Buffalo is a new and artistic children’s magazine which focuses on learning English through creativity.
Aimed at all children, but especially those learning English as a foreign language.
Our emphasis is on exploration and discovery, broadening kids horizons and firing their imaginations.
With 28 pages, we provide children across the world with an imaginative approach to learning not only English but we also have an emphasis on cultural exploration.
Little Buffalo gives children an introduction to the English language through a wonderful mix of games, stories, and activities which as a cross-curricular and intercultural resource, each issue is themed which expands children’s general knowledge, communication, phonics, storytelling, comprehension and thinking skills.
As weird as it is to say, the robots are on their way.
Jobs and life will be automated, however, 3 things they can’t do just yet and won't be able to do for a while is have common sense, be creative and have empathy.
Little Buffalo harvests those young learners into critical thinkers with imaginative minds give them the advantage over others in years to come.
Little Buffalo magazine is an affordable resource for all parents, carers and schools.
Designed especially for both guided reading sessions for non-EAL students as well as independent learning,
Little Buffalo provides children with a reading resource that is of real value to both parents and kids.
So far we have been supported by both The Prince’s Trust and the reading charity Beanstalk to have placed 60 magazines in their schools.
After a wonderful adventure of living in Hanoi for 3 years as an ESL teacher, Lucy's life was in the fast lane often made her mind boggle as to what was next to put on the back of a motorbike, or having had a Ca Phe Da with her mechanic and his chicken whilst he fixed her flat tyre and best yet, watching the world cup final sat in the middle of the street at 3am eating food one could not dream of.
She decided to return back to London to combine her passion of both start a children’s magazine using her graphic design and teaching skills and Little Buffalo was born.
As a child, her life was spent drawing to keep her entertained and as a lot of her teaching practice was to install creative thinking and ideas into children in Vietnam, she wanted to combine this into a magazine.
This creating was to start a new type of language magazine that teaches children English through creativity, in a country that is on the edge of a creative renaissance: the speed with which the country is moving up the ladder is distinctive.
However once I returned back to London, I soon realized that Little Buffalo was just as much needed in the UK as well as abroad.
The world is full of passionate people whom all have a story and I want to create a medium of express these ideas.
Little Buffalo stimulates artistic curiosity and appetite by offering things to read and do at home, at school or with the grandparents.
An imaginative approach to learning English, each issue of the magazine is themed and introduces children to various English and creative subjects in many different ways, from stories, activities, cooking, jokes, songs, poetry to games.
We teach children cool and inspiring subjects through creative thinking, intercultural and ethical understanding under the arts umbrella.
Children can express thoughts, meanings and emotions enabling them to interact with others and participate in activities at school and in their lives beyond school.
Our structured learning program develops grammar, reading, phonics, storytelling and writing.
Listening skills can be developed by online resources.
Understand the importance of having a structured program for children to learn from, I have created my own syllabus which is influenced by the British national curriculum. Making key learning skills and presenting clear learning objectives that are easy to understand, Little Buffalo is about having fun whilst learning English.
But why create a magazine when print is on the decline? Because children LOVE magazines. And children’s magazines are on the up. Whilst children are born into the digital and technology age, its parents who understand that freedom of ideas come alot better and stronger on paper than online. Your mind is freer to create imaginative ideas and ideas flow more easily and creativity.
At 6 - 8 years old is the age of curiosity, creativity and children automatically have a natural interest in creating things.
They have no preconceptions of the world, and still question everything around them. At Little Buffalo, we want to courage and preserve this for as long as possible.
I’ve had many questions about why the name Little Buffalo, as as this was originally intended for an audience in Vietnam, Little Buffalo is like the saying cheeky monkey. However changing the name to cheeky monkey, well there are enough monkeys in the world. And as for Little Cow, can make your own mind on that one!
Having worked hard to create my first issue, I decided to create the issue about a theme I feel strongly about and a place that people love and inspire to be in. London.
Whether you are born, study, visit or live in London, this city is an inspiring hub of cultural activity and diversity with a long list of history that a lot of people inspire to visit.
As a born and breed Londoner myself, I’ve been lucky enough to grown up in this city with friends from all over the world and it’s these different cultures that have taught me about how we can learn from each other and enjoy stories, memories and adventures.
I hope you enjoy Little Buffalo as much as we have making it and you a follow the buffalos footprints through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Make sure you sign up to our newsletter for the latest Little Bu news straight to your inbox.
Little Buffalo is as much about parents enjoying the magazine as much as the children, so please consider a subscription or a gift subscription for a loved one or a child in need.
Let’s enjoy this adventure together and happy reading and drawing.