WIN a Build Your Own Plane Launcher kit and two Whizz Pop Bang books!

Inspire some epic engineering with this Build Your Own Plane Launcher from Build Your Own. The 47-piece kit contains everything you need to slot together and build this impressive Paper Plane Launcher. Simply press out the parts of heavy-duty cardboard, follow the instructions to attach the elastic bands for the twin propulsion system, and you are ready to go! Using the Build Your Own Paper Plane Launcher, the planes can reach up to an incredible 10 metres!

Once they’ve tested the basics, it’s possible to push the boundaries; experimenting with wing adjustments or combining the integrated power scale and the plane’s flight dynamics to produce a different flight path outcome. Kids can take playtime to a new level creating straight or looped flight paths, testing accuracy skills using the scoring targets, and designing their own obstacle courses – the possibilities for fun are endless! We’ve got three to give away to lucky WPB fans, and that’s not all…

To make sure your young scientists are super-busy, we’re also giving away a brain-stretching Whizz Pop Bang Science Puzzle Book and a rib-tickling Whizz Pop Bang Science Joke Book to each winner!

To be in with a chance of winning one of three Build Your Own Plane Launcher kits, joke books and puzzle books, simply answer this question in the comments:

Which of the below is not usually found as part of an aircraft?

A Skirt
B Fuselage
C Cockpit

Good luck!

This competition closes at midnight on 31st January 2020. Whizz Pop Bang competition terms and conditions are here.

Whizz Pop Bang is a top-quality, gender-neutral, advert-free science magazine for families everywhere. Each issue is packed with experiments, activities, amazing facts, puzzles, jokes, riddles and more. Find out more here!


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How to make home educating work: tips from the experts


Are you wondering how on earth to manage home education now that schools are closed again? We want to help you to bring science to life on your kitchen table and have made loads of resources available for you right here. They include:


🧪 Activities from Whizz Pop Bang’s Awesomely Amazing Science Club These simple, fun, home science ideas using household objects were designed for school science clubs and youth groups, but work brilliantly for home school too!
🧪 Curriculum-linked science activities and reading comprehensions
These hands-on science experiments and science reading comprehensions are linked to the National Curriculum for children in years 2 to 6. They’re ideal for use at home and each one includes a straightforward explanation of the science involved.
🧪 Virtual science quiz for kids
More quizzes coming soon!
🧪 Collectible science badges to earn
Your child can earn their Wildlife Watcher, Eco Hero and Super Scientist awards!
🧪 Super science-themed colouring pages and posters!

Keep reading to find out how our experts make home educating work…


The first attempt at home-educating was a culture shock for our editor Tammy back in March 2020. Tammy had a picture in her head of how home-schooling would be – a structured daily routine with children sitting neatly at the kitchen table, completing the work she’d set them, whilst she herself was working away on her laptop beside them. Needless to say, it didn’t work out that way! It didn’t help that Tammy had builders in repairing her roof that week, resulting in a ceiling collapsing! The whole family was in tears before the first morning was out.

And here we are again – schools have suddenly closed and many parents’ brains are exploding at the prospect of keeping their children engaged in education while juggling their own jobs and responsibilities. While many of us have already had one stint of homeschooling, things are different this time around – schools’ expectations have changed, and many of us haven’t quite shaken off the lazy Christmas holiday routine yet – so, we thought we’d ask for some advice from our lovely home-educating Whizz Pop Bang readers and gather some top tips. We hope you find them useful…

1. Learn through everyday activities
Don’t underestimate the amount of learning there is in just being. As you chat, children will learn from the language you use. Look at the clock and notice which hands move faster. Get busy in the kitchen – cooking is an exciting new subject when children reach secondary school but can be done from a very young age at home and includes lots of learning potential of the maths of weights, measures, volumes and ratios, and also the science of chemistry and reactions. Do the laundry and feed animals together, and discuss what you’re doing. It’s all useful learning.

2. You don’t need to sit at the kitchen table for hours
Practically none of the school day is 1-on-1 attention. Lots of it is crowd management, such as dealing with undesirable behaviour, changing for PE, queuing to leave the classroom, going to assemblies, etc. If you manage four half hour 1-on-1 bursts, that’s probably more than they do in primary school, so don’t stress. You really don’t need to sit them down at a desk for hours on end.

3. Let them build their own schedule 
In school all children follow the whole class timetable. Take this rare opportunity to let them set one or two things they would like to achieve for themselves in their day (tidy a shelf, read something, make something). And then see how they scheduled their day to achieve it. Failing is a useful learning experience. Was it too ambitious or did it need better time management?

4. Try not asking them to do anything
Just leave interesting, educational things about and wait for your child to be inspired to want to learn more about something that interests them. Instead of setting work that you choose for them, experiment with exploring something that they find interesting that day, whether that’s a ladybird they’ve found on the windowsill or something they saw on TV that morning, and ask them to investigate that some more. They can find information from the internet, books or magazines and create a project by drawing, clay modelling, writing, acting or however they want to present their findings.

5. Go easy on yourselves
It’s going to take time to find a system that works for you and your kids. The whole family will need lots of time to adapt, so try to ease yourselves into a style that works for you all. You might find it easier to wait a few days until they get bored of having nothing to do and are feeling more receptive to learning. Whatever you do, go easy on yourselves. Avoid setting yourselves up for failure. Go with the flow and remember not to worry if you feel you haven’t achieved anything that day – there’s learning in just playing in the garden!

After their disastrous first morning, our editor Tammy’s 8-year-old son said, “It’s a bit like the first pancake that never works very well.” And we think that’s a lovely philosophy that can get you through almost any less-than-ideal start. Keep flipping pancakes and you’ll soon be rewarded with success!

Here are some more tips for juggling home-schooling with home-working  and you’ll find lots of really useful home-educating resources here

If you’re looking for a more structured approach, Whizz Pop Bang’s in-house teacher recommends getting some CGP books. Simply select your child’s year group and perhaps start with a maths, a reading and a SPAG book.

These free websites are also worth exploring:
Primary Resources
ICT Games
BBC Bitesize

Finally, the home educating community would like to point out that self-isolating is not how they normally do things! The adults in the household aren’t working full-time jobs on top of attempting to teach. They play in the park, in the woods, at the beach, have other home ed kids over, and go to all kinds of clubs and activities. Being cooped up in the house is hard for them too.

And at the end of the day, if all else fails, take heart in the proposed schedule that’s currently doing the rounds on social media…


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The science behind the Star of Bethlehem visible in 2020

Almost 2.5 million people have RSVPed to a Facebook event called Star of Bethlehem taking please at 22:24 UTC on 21st December 2021, so we thought we’d find out what it’s all about!

What is the Star of Bethlehem?

When we hear about the Star of Bethlehem, it’s usually in the context of the traditional Christian nativity story, as the star that led the three wise men to Jesus’s birthplace.

Astronomers report that around 2000 years ago, there were several events in the night sky that could have led to a very bright light appearing. These are known as conjunctions, when two planets appear to be close in the night sky, shining brightly, when viewed from Earth. When they appear so close that they look like they’re touching, this is known as a Great Conjunction.

This year, Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer to one each other and brighter than they have in 800 years. Because the exciting conjunction is happening just before Christmas, some people are calling it the Star of Bethlehem, and others the Christmas Kiss.

The planets gradually appear to move closer together for the first three weeks of December 2020, until they react their closest point on the 21st.

How to see the Star of Bethlehem in the UK on 21st December

The last time a Great Conjunction like this could be seen from Earth was 1226 – surely it’s worth a trip out after dark to try and spot this phenomenon with your own eyes!

BBC Science Focus magazine says:
To see the planets align, look above the southwestern horizon on 21 December after sunset, at around 5pm. The planets will only be visible for about an hour before they set in the west, so remember to look as soon as darkness falls. If you miss the conjunction, don’t worry: although the planets get closest on 21 December, you’ll have a great view of the pair on any evening in December, looking southwest after sunset.

Whizz Pop Bang is a top-quality, gender-neutral, advert-free science magazine for families everywhere. Each issue is packed with experiments, activities, amazing facts, puzzles, jokes, riddles and more. Find out more here!


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COMPETITION CLOSED: WIN an ultimate science bundle!

😭 It’s the final day of WHIZZ POP BANG’S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS PRIZES and today’s prize is a big one!

A subscription to Whizz Pop Bang magazine is the perfect gift for curious kids!

One very lucky winner will pick up an ULTIMATE SCIENCE BUNDLE – what an amazing Christmas present that would be! This bumper collection of science goodies is worth £64.95 (but you can pick one up for £49.99 in our shop!)

It contains…

🎄 Whizz Pop Bang Binder – ideal for storing a whole year’s worth of magazines
🎄 Whizz Pop Bang Puzzle book – stuffed with over 150 brain-bending puzzles
🎄 Whizz Pop Bang Lab coat – keep your clothes in tip-top condition when you’re experimenting! Available to fit age 5 – 13
🎄 Whizz Pop Bang Scrapbook with stickers – ideal for recording hopeful hypotheses, future inventions and experiment results
🎄 Y’s Wonder Club enamel pin badge – The club that encourages readers to get stuck into experimenting and to share their adventures in science!
🎄 Y’s Wonder Club Certificate – A5 certificate to show you’re part of the club
🎄 Edible experiment booklet – 12 edible experiments to try out over the festive season!

Find science gifts for kids in our shop!

To be in with a chance of winning this perfect prize, just answer this question in the comments:

What is the reaction between vinegar and bicarbonate of soda called?

A An alkali-base reaction
B An acid-base reaction
C Combustion

Good luck to everyone and THANK YOU for playing along for the past 12 days!

This competition closes at 7am on Sunday 13th December 2020. Whizz Pop Bang competition terms and conditions are here.


Whizz Pop Bang is a top-quality, gender-neutral, advert-free science magazine for families everywhere. Each issue is packed with experiments, activities, amazing facts, puzzles, jokes, riddles and more. Find out more here!


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COMPETITION CLOSED: WIN a holiday science bundle!

It’s DAY ELEVEN of WHIZZ POP BANG’S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS PRIZES! 

A subscription to Whizz Pop Bang magazine is the perfect gift for curious kids!

Every day until 12th Dec, we’ll launch a competition to give you and your budding scientists a chance to win awesome prizes. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for your LAST chance to win! 


Today, you could win a WHIZZ POP BANG HOLIDAY SCIENCE BUNDLE!
This bumper bundle is perfect for keeping kids busy over the holidays! Mini scientists can create a whirlpool in a bottle, make their own table football set, grow crystal geodes and so much more!

What’s in the bundle?

• Snowball science – Issue 18
• Turn-up the volume – Issue 20
• Water force – Issue 30
• Sparkly science – Issue 31
• Shocking science – Issue 34
• Sporty science – Issue 35

Find science gifts for kids in our shop!


To be in with a chance of winning this perfect prize, just answer this question in the comments:

Who invented the World Wide Web?
A Tim Berners-Lee
B Clive Sinclair
C Nikola Tesla

This competition closes at 7am on Saturday 12th December 2020. Whizz Pop Bang competition terms and conditions are here.

Good luck!


Whizz Pop Bang is a top-quality, gender-neutral, advert-free science magazine for families everywhere. Each issue is packed with experiments, activities, amazing facts, puzzles, jokes, riddles and more. Find out more here!


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COMPETITION CLOSED: WIN science joke books!

It’s DAY TEN of WHIZZ POP BANG’S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS PRIZES!
Today, we’re giving away THREE WHIZZ POP BANG SCIENCE JOKE BOOKS!

A subscription to Whizz Pop Bang magazine is the perfect gift for curious kids!

Every day until 12th Dec, we’ll launch a competition to give you and your budding scientists a chance to win awesome prizes. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another chance to win! 

Stuffed with over 200 hilarious jokes to get the whole family laughing out loud, this fully illustrated, 64-page, full colour joke book is packed with kids’ favourite jokes from Whizz Pop Bang, plus many more besides!

Find science gifts for kids in our shop!

To be in with a chance of winning this brilliant prize, just answer this question in the comments:

What is the rover that is scheduled to land on Mars in February 2021 called?

A Tolerance
B Humility
C Perseverance

This #competition closes at 7am on Friday 11th December 2020. Whizz Pop Bang competition terms and conditions are here.


Whizz Pop Bang is a top-quality, gender-neutral, advert-free science magazine for families everywhere. Each issue is packed with experiments, activities, amazing facts, puzzles, jokes, riddles and more. Find out more here!


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Watch a Christmas chain fountain video!

🎄 Watch a chain of beads flow upwards and out of a glass – this is surely the most fun you can have with your Christmas decorations! Every year, our children look forward to this moment almost as much as the big day itself!

🎄 You’ll notice that the chain arcs over the rim of the glass, going upwards, before being pulled downwards. So how does it work? This is a cool physics problem to ponder! It happens because the chain acts like lots of connected little rods. When you pick up one end of a rod, that end of the rod goes up, and the other end tries to go down. However, if the downward force is stopped by the pile of beads below it, there is a small kickback, and the rod is pushed upwards. That upwards thrust at each link in the chain is what makes the chain rise. This is an easy activity to try for yourself at home! Just make sure that you feed the chain gradually into the glass from one end so that it doesn’t get into a tangle when it’s flowing out. You could experiment with letting the chain fall from different heights (for example by standing on a step compared to sitting down) to see if that makes a difference to the height that the chain reaches.

🎄 Have you ever seen a chain fountain in action before? Watch a Mould effect video, otherwise known as a chain fountain phenomenon video here! It’s the perfect simple science experiment to try at home!


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COMPETITION CLOSED: WIN a boredom-busting bundle

It’s DAY NINE of WHIZZ POP BANG’S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS PRIZES! Today, we’re giving away an essential for the post-Christmas bit of the holidays: a boredom-busting science bundle!

A subscription to Whizz Pop Bang magazine is the perfect gift for curious kids!

Every day until 12th Dec, we’ll launch a competition to give you and your budding scientists a chance to win awesome prizes. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another chance to win…

Today’s prize includes…

• The brand-new Whizz Pop Bang Science Puzzle Book, packed with over 150 brain-bending puzzles!
• Whizz Pop Bang magazine, Issue 10: Extreme Environments
• Whizz Pop Bang magazine, Issue 27: Spectacular Skeletons
• Whizz Pop Bang magazine, Issue 34: Shocking Science

Find science gifts for kids in our shop!

To be in with a chance of winning this perfect prize, just answer this question in the comments:

An adult human has approximately how many bones?

A 286
B 306
C 206

This competition closes at 7am on Thursday 10th December 2020. Whizz Pop Bang competition terms and conditions are here.

Good luck!


Whizz Pop Bang is a top-quality, gender-neutral, advert-free science magazine for families everywhere. Each issue is packed with experiments, activities, amazing facts, puzzles, jokes, riddles and more. Find out more here!


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COMPETITION CLOSED: WIN science pin badges!

It’s DAY EIGHT of WHIZZ POP BANG’S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS PRIZES!

A subscription to Whizz Pop Bang magazine is the perfect gift for curious kids!

Every day until 12th Dec, we’ll launch a competition to give you and your budding scientists a chance to win awesome prizes. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another chance to win! 

Win a science pin badge!

Today THREE lucky winners will each win A Y’S WONDER CLUB BADGE! Y’s Wonder Club is the kids’ club that encourages Whizz Pop Bang readers to get stuck into experimenting and to share their adventures in science.

This top-quality 25mm enamel pin badge makes a lovely gift that your child can wear on their clothes, attach to their school bag or use to decorate their lab coat!

Find science gifts for kids in our shop!

To be in with a chance of winning this perfect prize, just answer this question in the comments:

What is the closest star to Earth called? 

A Proxima Centauri
B Andromeda 
C The Moon

To be in with a chance of winning this collectible treat, just answer this question in the comments:

What is an echidna?
A A spiny animal
B A spiky tree
C A type of bean

This #competition closes at 7am on Wednesday 9th December 2020. Whizz Pop Bang competition terms and conditions are here: https://www.whizzpopbang.com/terms-and-conditions/


Whizz Pop Bang is a top-quality, gender-neutral, advert-free science magazine for families everywhere. Each issue is packed with experiments, activities, amazing facts, puzzles, jokes, riddles and more. Find out more here!


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COMPETITION CLOSED: WIN a Super Science bundle!

It’s DAY SIX of WHIZZ POP BANG’S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS PRIZES. Up for grabs today is a SUPER SCIENCE BUNDLE! 

A subscription to Whizz Pop Bang magazine is the perfect gift for curious kids!

Every day until 12th Dec, we’ll launch a competition to give you and your budding scientists a chance to win awesome prizes. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another chance to win! 

Today’s fantastic prize includes four curiosity-awakening issues of Whizz Pop Bang magazine plus a brilliant badge! This bundle contains:

💥 SMALL WONDER (22) – Zooming in on tiny science
💥 JUMPING JUNGLES (37) – Trek into the tropics on a journey of discovery
💥 BRILLIANT BRAINS (38) – Get your thinking cap on for some mind-boggling science
💥 CODING CAPERS (51) – Welcome to the wonderful world of computer programming
💥 A Y’S WONDER CLUB COLLECTIBLE ENAMEL PIN BADGE

Find science gifts for kids in our shop!

To be in with a chance of winning this perfect prize, just answer this question in the comments:

What is a moss piglet also known as?
A A piglet that is under three days old
B A tardigrade
C A lichen that grows on fir trees

This competition closes at 7am on Wednesday 2nd December 2020. Whizz Pop Bang competition terms and conditions are here.

Good luck!

This competition closes at 7am on Monday 7th December 2020. Whizz Pop Bang competition terms and conditions are here.


Whizz Pop Bang is a top-quality, gender-neutral, advert-free science magazine for families everywhere. Each issue is packed with experiments, activities, amazing facts, puzzles, jokes, riddles and more. Find out more here!


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