For your kids: Scientriffic and Helix

By Grant Jacobs 02/02/2012

Two science-oriented magazines from this part of the world for younger readers.

One for 7+, one for 10+.

Readers are welcome to share other possibilities in the comments below. (Adults reading, too, even!)



Curious little scientific minds can dig into Scientriffic.

Published every two months, it’s a production of CSIRO Education intended for those from 7 years old, upwards. There’s stuff on the website, too.

To get the magazine readers join the Double Helix ClubThe subscription form has a rate for those from overseas. New Zealanders ought to also find it in local libraries.

The magazine is a mix of short ‘articles’ ranging up to a full page and a few longer ones as centrepieces. As you might expect it’s (very) brightly coloured and includes experiments, quizzes, puzzle, a cartoon strip (in the reviewed edition, Midge Bristol Investigates) and  competitions.

There’s content from readers too. One page features calls for penpals. Another includes book reviews by kids – in the edition I’m reviewing these are by kids ages 9, 10 and 13, one being of Kitchen Science Experiments: How Does Your Mold Garden Grow?



For the slightly older reader, aged 10+, there is Helix.

I don’t have a physical copy of this at hand to review, but the sample articles and sample feature articles from the website show that Helix adds more details, depth and science-y flavour.

Like Scientriffic it’s published every second month and can be ordered online by joining the Double Helix Club.


I haven’t encountered a New Zealand counterpart to this initiative to publish, in print form, science-orientated material for younger readers – does anyone know of one?

Other reading material on Code for life (these mostly for adults):

Teaching kids critical thinking

Looking for a book to read?

What books do you think geeks should read?

Reviewing Deadly Choices

Free books: basic statistics, evolution and origin of man

Royal Society ‘aged’ back catalog free, permanently

137 years of Popular Science back issues, free

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