Looking for science Christmas present ideas for kids?

Are you looking for Christmas presents for your grandchildren? Or perhaps your children’s grandparents are asking for Christmas present ideas? Maybe you need science present ideas for your nieces and nephews, or for any other small science fans in your life?

If you’re looking for science kits for kids, we’ve got the perfect solution: Whizz Pop Bang science magazine for children is the gift that delivers science wonder through the letterbox every month! Packed with exciting activities, eye-opening facts, puzzles, jokes and more with features written by science experts, it’s the present that keeps on giving all year round!

But that’s not all… We’ve also launched a lab-load of extra goodies this year, perfect for popping under the tree to inspire scientists-in-training to start experimenting! Science presents for kids are right here…

Grandchildren, godchildren, nieces and nephews can be tricky to buy for. Read our handy science gift guide and give the gift of curiosity this year!


Under £10: Science stocking fillers

Choose from dozens of back issues in our shop, £3.99 each

An issue of Whizz Pop Bang: £3.99


The Whizz Pop Bang Science Joke Book: £6.99


Whizz Pop Bang bundle (three issues): £9.99


Under £15: A pipette of treats

Y’s Wonder Club Pack (a large science scrapbook, 70 stickers and an enamel pin badge): £11.99


Whizz Pop Bang binder: £14.99


Around £20: A beaker of curiosity

Whizz Pop Bang lab coat: £19.99


6 monthly subscription to Whizz Pop Bang magazine: £20.99


Whizz Pop Bang bundle (three issues)
PLUS Y’s Wonder Club Pack (a large science scrapbook, 70 stickers and an enamel pin badge)
TOTAL: £21.98


Around £30: A flask of facts and fun

6 monthly subscription to Whizz Pop Bang magazine
PLUS The Whizz Pop Bang Science Joke Book
TOTAL: £27.98


Around £50: An explosion of inspiration!

6 monthly subscription to Whizz Pop Bang magazine
PLUS Whizz Pop Bang lab coat
PLUS The Whizz Pop Bang Science Joke Book
TOTAL: £47.97



12 monthly subscription to Whizz Pop Bang magazine
PLUS Y’s Wonder Club Pack (a large science scrapbook, 70 stickers and an enamel pin badge)
TOTAL: £51.98


Around £75: A lab-load of science!

12 monthly subscription to Whizz Pop Bang magazine
PLUS Whizz Pop Bang binder
PLUS Whizz Pop Bang lab coat
TOTAL: £74.97


The works!

12 monthly subscription to Whizz Pop Bang magazine
PLUS Y’s Wonder Club Pack (a large science scrapbook, 70 stickers and an enamel pin badge)
PLUS Whizz Pop Bang binder
PLUS Whizz Pop Bang lab coat
PLUS The Whizz Pop Bang Science Joke Book
TOTAL: £93.95

Primary teaching resources for properties and changes of materials

Great news! Our latest resources to accompany the Explosive Science edition of Whizz Pop Bang are now available to download.

Not yet a subscriber to our downloadable teaching resources? Use the links below to subscribe for your school, or download some sample resources for FREE… 

Year 5 and P6 lesson pack

Year 5 and P6
Curriculum links: properties and changes of materials and properties and uses of substances. 
This lesson pack is a hands-on investigation where pupils will create their own safe chemical explosion. In small groups, pupils will plan their own fair test, changing one variable at a time to see if it alters the speed of the explosion.
This downloadable pack includes:

  •  A lesson plan complete with differentiation and links to the curriculum.
  • A PowerPoint presentation which explains different types of explosions and includes instructions for the investigation.
  •  A printable worksheet with a table and squared paper to draw the results in a line graph.

Simple to resource! The items you will need:

  • Vinegar
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Grip seal bags (like the ones grated cheese comes in)
  • Stopwatches
Year 2 and P3 fireworks reading comprehension

Fireworks reading comprehension
Year groups: Year 2 and P3
This explanation text, linking to the topics everyday materials and properties and uses of substances, explains how fireworks work. Each part of the firework is labelled with an expanded caption – hollow chamber, stick, fuse, time fuse, stars, burst charge and propellant.
The downloadable reading pack includes:

  • Two differentiated A3 reading spreads for you to print.
  • Reading comprehension question and answer sheets, differentiated using our magnifying glasses key (on the bottom right). One magnifying glass indicates easier and two means harder.
Year 3 and P4 reading comprehension

Cows
Year groups: Year 3 and P4
This non-chronological report text, linking to the topics animals including humans and biodiversity and interdependence, tells you everything you would like to know about cows. The text features: How they are explosive, why they affect climate change, what they eat, and explains what the term ‘chewing the cud’ means.
This downloadable reading pack includes:

  • An A3 reading spread for you to print.
  • Reading comprehension question and answer sheets, differentiated using our magnifying glasses key (on the bottom right). One magnifying glass indicates easier and two means harder.
Year 4 and P5 reading comprehension

Interview with an explosions expert
Year groups: Year 4 and P5
An interview with an explosives expert, linking to the topics states of matter and properties and uses of substances. Kate Biberdorf brings chemistry to life through her explosive demonstrations. In this interview, she discusses what her job is, how she became so interested in explosions and the best thing about her job.
This downloadable reading pack includes:

  • An A3 reading spread for you to print.
  • Reading comprehension question and answer sheets, differentiated using our magnifying glasses key (on the bottom right). One magnifying glass indicates easier and two means harder.

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Watch some cooling towers being demolished!

Have you been reading about useful explosions in Whizz Pop Bang’s Explosive Science edition?

These gigantic towers were demolished in moments!

Watch explosives being used to demolish the cooling towers of an old power station here:

It’s the Didcot demolition in action!

Find out more in Whizz Pop Bang: Explosive Science, on sale now!

COMPETITION CLOSED Crayola Colour Explosion packs!

This month’s Whizz Pop Bang magazine is all about explosions so to celebrate, we’re giving away some arty kits that allow children to create explosions of colour!

Cover of Whizz Pop Bang magazine's new issue: KABOOM! Explosive Science to blow your mind!
The EXPLOSIVE SCIENCE issue of Whizz Pop Bang is packed with science that booms, bangs and bursts!

Create wild and surprising effects and watch as swirls of rainbow colour magically appear as you draw with this Crayola Colour Explosion set! The unique colour-reveal markers work with the special Colour Explosion paper to reveal hidden swirls of rainbow colours and amazing designs. Each set includes lots of multicoloured pages, two colour-reveal marker pens and a stencil.

We’ve got ten sets to give away to ten lucky Whizz Pop Bang fans! Just answer this question in the comments to be in with a chance of winning:

Which of these words can be used to describe a horse with irregular patches of two colours on its coat?

  1. Pie face
  2. Pie crust
  3. Piebald

This competition closes at midnight on 2nd December 2019. For full terms and conditions visit whizzpopbang.com/terms

Primary teaching resources for coding

Great news! Our newest resources are available to download, and they make the perfect accompaniment to the awesome Coding capers edition of Whizz Pop Bang.

Not yet a subscriber to Whizz Pop Bang downloadable teaching resources? Start a subscription today!

Year 3/4 and P5/P6 coding lesson pack

In this pack for years 3/4, and P4/P5, pupils will learn who invented the first computers. They will find out how important it is to give clear, concise instructions for a computer to follow. Pupils will learn how to use conditionals and variables within their code, and the importance of debugging.

This pack includes:

  • A lesson plan linked to the curriculum.
  • A PowerPoint presentation, which explains how code is written.
  • Instructions for a variables obstacle course.
  • Coding a jam sandwich activity.
  • A printable silly science coding rescue game.
Year 2 and P3 Moths reading comprehension

This non-chronological report for year 2 and P3, linking to the topics of living things and habitats and biodiversity and interdependence, investigates the flying insects, moths. The text explains the difference between moths and butterflies, why they have coloured scales on their wings and how they turn from a caterpillar into a moth.

The downloadable reading pack includes:

  • Two differentiated A3 reading spreads for you to print.
  • Reading comprehension question and answer sheets, differentiated using our magnifying glasses key (on the bottom right). One magnifying glass indicates easier and two means harder.
Year 4 and P5 Historical Scientist Ada Lovelace

This biography text for year 4 and P5 on Ada Lovelace explains how she wrote the first computer program more than 100 years before computers were invented! Every year in October, on Ada Lovelace Day, people celebrate Ada and other amazing women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

This downloadable non-fiction reading pack includes:

  • An A3 reading spread for you to print.
  • Reading comprehension question and answer sheets, differentiated using our magnifying glasses key (on the bottom right). One magnifying glass indicates easier and two means harder.

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Oobleck in action!

Have you been reading the interview with Kate Biberdorf in Whizz Pop Bang’s KABOOM: EXPLOSIVE SCIENCE issue where she tells us how to make oobleck? Or perhaps you just want to watch an oobleck slime video? Here’s the non-Newtonian, gloopy, sticky, drippy stuff in action!

The Slow Mo Guys made some oobleck (check out our recipe below), coloured it red, put it on a speaker, turned on some music and filmed the gloopy fluid dancing. It looks unreal!

Wondering: what is oobleck? Kate Biberdorf says:

“If you mix water and cornflour in a bowl, you can make this freaky non-Newtonian fluid. It’s one of the craziest things to hold because the oobleck will drip through your fingers even though the solid feels like a solid.”

Here is the Whizz Pop Bang recipe for oobleck:

Mix 225 g of cornflour with around 230 ml of water (and a few drops of food colouring, if you like). This will create a goo that feels liquid when you handle it gently, but solid if you hit it with a spoon.

Watch the whole video here:

Find out more in Whizz Pop Bang: Explosive Science, on sale now!

COMPETITION CLOSED – WIN nature tattoos!

WIN ONE OF FIVE NATURE TATTOO SETS!

Do you know a mini entomologist who would like to show off their love of minibeasts? These books feature beautiful, accurately illustrated tattoos of real insects (that can be cut out, stuck on to skin and washed off) alongside stacks of brilliant bug facts! 

Five lucky Whizz Pop Bang fans will win CREEPY, CRAWLY TATTOO BUGS and FLUTTERY, FRIENDLY TATTOO BUTTERFLIES AND OTHER INSECTS – that’s two books, or 141 tattoos, for each winner!  

Answer this question in the comments to be in with a chance of winning:

Which one is a type of insect?

  1. Praying mantis
  2. Spraying mantis
  3. Neighing mantis

This competition closes at midnight on 31st October 2019. For full terms and conditions visit whizzpopbang.com/terms

Free science activity: make an air-powered rocket!

Did you know it’s World Space Week?

 🌎🌖 World Space Week runs from the 4th-10th October, and is an international celebration of all things space. It focuses on science and technology and its role in the past, present and future of mankind, a way of not only promoting the work that countries do together to explore space, but also how important space technology is to life on Earth. This year’s theme is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.”

To help you celebrate, try our FREE air-powered rocket activity – keeping scrolling to find a download containing all you need to print and cut your own rocket!

Awesomely amazing plants and animals!

Have you been reading 10 Awesomely Amazing Explosions in the Wild in Whizz Pop Bang: Explosive Science? Or are you intrigued by bombardier beetles and curious about squirting cucumbers? Then scroll on, because we have got some incredible videos for you!

Find out more about awesomely amazing explosions in the wild in Whizz Pop Bang’s EXPLOSIVE SCIENCE issue!

From spreading their seeds to escaping from predators, there are all sorts of reasons for wildlife to burst, boom and blast. See some of these incredible exploding creatures and plants in action here! 

When under threat, Bombardier beetles mix two chemicals together in its abdomen, causing an explosive reaction that fires out jets of boiling toxic liquid. This makes a predator vomit the beetle out to safety!

Watch what happens when an unlucky toad eats a bombardier beetle, capable of shooting out jets of boiling toxic liquid:

This video shows the poisonous squirting cucumber detaching from its stem and firing seeds explosively at the touch of a finger:

You wouldn’t want to find a squirting cucumber in your salad – it’s poisonous!

The dung-dwelling pilobolus fungus uses a ‘squirt gun’ mechanism to fire its spores far and wide. The spores that land on plants are eaten by cows and then pooed out, and the cycle begins again!

See pilobolus fungus’s ‘squirt gun’ mechanism in action here.

The dynamite tree has toxic, pumpkin-shaped pods that explode with a loud ‘boom’, shooting out seeds at speeds of over 200 km/h!

Read more about exploding ants and termites, pistol shrimp, Himalayan Balsam, hairy bittercress exploding beached whales and more in 10 Awesomely Amazing Explosions in the Wild in Whizz Pop Bang: Explosive Science, on sale now!