*according to Dr Jo
I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time but things keep getting in the way! Now the end of term is well and truly here, I’m running out of excuses. If your little scientists are starting to get a little bored, these may make some great summer entertainment. This will be a useful review for teachers, parents and children alike, although they are just my opinions!
My Top 3
I can’t separate these into gold, silver and bronze podium positions as they tick different boxes, so in no particular order….
Whizz Pop Bang
This colourful, engaging monthly magazine has an endearing cartoon style with facts and activities to do at home, making it accessible to younger readers but also includes relevant content extending up to key stage 3 (so suitable for 5-14 year olds, but probably aimed at the primary market).
There are themes to each issue, with multiple articles and hands-on investigations to try, recurring cartoon characters and the ubiquitous back page with readers’ contributions in the form of questions, photos and pictures.
These are ever popular with children at home, in book corners and are great to send home with a laboratory notebook (and maybe even a few resources) as an alternative enriching treat to the class bear!
Available as a subscription as well as being able to purchase back editions and optional extras, including a binder to house them all in. Also available direct to schools as multiple class or group copies, including lesson plans and a special teacher area on the website including science club resources.
The Week Junior: Science + Nature
This magazine really does have something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in medicine, animals, conservation, space or materials science, each issue is packed with interesting articles and great photos to inspire and educate.
Accessible without dumbing down, in true The Week Junior style, it informs without condescending and tackles difficult topics with sensitivity. Including information and ideas, experiments, posters, puzzles and readers’ questions are answered by expert scientists.
Available to buy individually and as subscription. Aimed at slightly older children (8-15 year olds).
How It Works
This one is definitely aimed at older children and teenagers, and grown-ups could learn a thing or two as well! It’s billed as an action-packed science and technology magazine and it doesn’t disappoint. Tackling topics from building super structures to gene editing and explaining CRISPR and CAS9 (a cutting edge technique only just being introduced as a topic at A level), it doesn’t shy away from the complex, but makes it accessible to interested older children. If they’ve grown out of children’s magazines but aren’t quite reading the journal Science yet, then this is thoroughly recommended for a wide range of interesting topics.
Available as a print or digital subscription. You can also purchase individual copies.
And special commendations also go to:
Aquila magazine is available as a subscription only, direct from the publishers (although you can also buy back copies). Aquila is not strictly a science magazine, which is why it didn’t make the top 3! It is full of interesting science, history and general knowledge for inquisitive 8-13 years olds. Each issue has a theme and includes informative articles, investigations to carry out and things to do. It is not only well written but also beautifully curated.
National Geographic Kids
Nat Geo Kids is full of articles about the natural world, much like it’s grown up counterpart. It appeals to children curious about animals and the world around them. Full of quality photographs and interesting, informative articles. Not quite in the top 3 due to not covering such a broad spread of STEM topics.
There are also loads of facts and resources to access for free on the website.
This is not even a magazine, but I absolutely love what founder, Renée Watson, and her team are doing at Curiosity Box so I had to include them. Available as one-off or subscription Science Boxes for individuals and schools, with fab investigations and hands-on opportunities. During lockdown, the team have even been finding ways to get boxes to disadvantaged children in innovative ways to try to level the playing field and bring some equality to the world.
I’d love to hear what you think of these, or if you’ve got a favourite science magazine for children that I haven’t mentioned.
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