WIN Paper Pets book with 10 pets to pop out and make!

WIN paper pets book

Today is National Pet day! The purr-fect day to launch our online competition to win one of four Paper Pets books, with 10 cute pets and their accessories to pop out and make. Each pet has a name, a house (or a perch for the parrot!) toys and even some food.

To enter this competition you’ll need your Purr-fect Pets issue of Whizz Pop Bang handy. Have you read about Charles Darwin’s pets yet? Tell us which of these animals he kept in the comment box below 👇🏽

Which pets did Charles Darwin keep?

a) newts

b) stick insects

c) pigeons

Enter by midnight on 30th April. Good luck!

Thanks to Quarto Kids for supplying four Paper Pets books for this Whizz Pop Bang competition.

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WIN! A signed copy of The Matilda Effect by Ellie Irving

The Matilda Effect three copies

We’ve got three signed copies of The Matilda Effect to giveaway!

Matilda loves science and inventing. Her heroes are Marie Curie, Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison, and one day she wants to be a famous inventor herself. So when she doesn’t win the school science fair, she’s devastated – especially as the judges didn’t believe she’d come up with her entry on her own. Because she’s a girl…

To enter this competition tell us what Marie Curie helped to develop, was it…
a) x-ray
b) blu-ray
c) sting ray antivenom

Answer below in the comment box 👇🏽 by midnight on 31st March 2018.

 

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Whizz Pop Bang magazine competition to WIN a pack of eco straws!

Whizz Pop Bang Eco straw giveaway

Following on from our #LastStraw survey we’ve got some super cool eco straws to giveaway! Ditch the plastic – reusable and biodegradeable straws are the future!

The UK is easily the biggest user of plastic straws in Europe, with an estimated 8.5 billion thrown away each year, according to a study by Eunomia Research & Consulting. This compares with 4.8 billion in Germany, 3.2 billion in France, 2 billion in Italy and 1.1 billion in Denmark.

TO ENTER our giveaway, write the shocking number of plastic straws that are thrown away in the UK each year in the comment box below 👇🏽

Closing date is 10th March 2018. Thanks to Seraphina’s Kitchen, Little Cherry and Bambaw for supplying these awesome eco straws.

 

What are the alternatives to plastic straws?

We’ve rounded up some environmentally friendly choices of straw to have at home or to whip out of your bag next time you’re out and about!

Bamboo strawsBambaw_ecofriendly_alternatives_to_plastic_straws

These are reusable, biodegradable drinking straws, made from whole bamboo, which is an easy to grow, sustainable crop. These eco-friendly straws can be used in hot and cold drinks and they don’t taste of anything. Available from Bambaw in packs of 12, and every pack comes with a cleaning brush. Enter our giveaway to win a pack of Bambaw straws!

Metal strawsSenhai_metal_straws

Senhai sell a set of eight stainless steel metal straws (available with a bend for those who want an angle in their straws!). They come in different colours, with a two cleaning brushes in a cloth bag, and are dishwasher proof.

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StrawGrace sell handmade, incredibly hardy glass straws that come in packs of five. These cool straws are BPA free, eco-friendly, dishwasher safe and shatterproof. Each packet comes with a year’s guarantee – this is the same glass that’s used in labs all over the world and in Pyrex dishes so it’s safe and strong.

Silicon straws

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Seraphina’s Kitchen make reusable coloured straws from silicone in two different sizes; one for juices and a larger one for smoothies. They’re all BPA free, lead and phthalates free and you can clean them with the brush that comes with each pack, or put them in the dishwasher. Enter our giveaway to win a pack of Seraphina’s silicone straws!

Paper straws

little cherry paper straws

If you’re after colourful fun paper straws for your child’s party check out Little Cherry Eco Party Supplies, so many styles, designs and colours to choose from! This is most definitely your one-stop shop for all things party ware, get your party rocking eco style with all their environmentally-friendly tableware. Enter our giveaway to win a pack of Little Cherry paper straws!

 

Vegware PLA Straws

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How about a bioplastic alternative?  Vegware PLA Straws are made from corn that would otherwise go to waste. Its proper name is polylactic acid (PLA) and it’s used by Vegware to manufacture drinking straws, as well as other utensils and coffee cups. While plastic straws take between 100 and 1,000 years to break down in landfill, conventional enzyme action is enough to decompose PLA straws in under 12 weeks, so they can go in your bin with the rest of your food waste.

TO ENTER our giveaway, write the shocking number of plastic straws that are thrown away in the UK each year in the comment box below 👇🏽

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Little Miss Inventor Challenge!

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Eeek! Much excitement here in the office today, as we’ve just been told about this awesome competition for our younger fans…

A competition is being held to celebrate the launch of Little Miss Inventor and it’s offering children the chance to have their invention immortalised in the Mr. Men and Little Miss series! How cool would that be?!? 😎

The newest addition to the classic series, Little Miss Inventor uses her brainpower and creativity to think up inventions to help her friends. The competition’s winning invention will be drawn into an upcoming Mr. Men Little Miss Book. A shortlist of five inventions will also be displayed at the launch of Little Miss Inventor at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on March 24th.

To enter, fans aged 3-7 just need to visit the website mentioned in the picture, download the drawing sheet and come up with an invention to help Mr. Bump avoid accidents. Once they have drawn and labelled their invention it just needs to be scanned or photographed and uploaded to the dedicated website.

The competition is open between 29th January and 25th February 2018, and entries will be evaluated based on imagination, usefulness and creativity.

The competition is run in partnership with Little Inventors, an organisation dedicated to helping bring the ideas of children to life.

So, come on! Get your thinking caps on and get inventing!!

😀😀

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January’s book competition

The DNA Detectives: Catch a Thief

 

This month we have a slightly different book competition for kids to enter, to help launch a brand new storybook ‘The DNA Detectives: To Catch a Thief’ written by Dr Mandy Hartley. Whilst there are lots of excellent reviews for this book, they are written by parents and Mandy would love to hear what children think too. If your child loves reading and would like to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of The DNA Detectives: To Catch a Thief enter this competition by simply writing the words “me please” in the comment box below.

Dr Hartley is a new author and is looking for children to review her fun story all about a pet thief and the kids who try to find out who has stolen the missing dogs…

When Annabelle and Harry’s beloved pet dog Milly goes missing they believe the local pet thief has struck again. They have a list of suspects and plenty of evidence but how can they prove who the thief is? Their mum works as a DNA scientist and has a laboratory in the garden. The children realise they can become “DNA Detectives” and secretly use the laboratory to analyse the evidence just like real life forensic scientists. Join them on their thrilling journey where they collect clues, analyse evidence and learn about DNA to solve this case and bring Milly home safely.

“I create stories and communicate them to children in a multi-sensory way including elements to stimulate listening, smell, taste, sight and sounds as well as their as their imagination! Where possible I include scientific experiments in my stories finding entertaining ways to explain difficult scientific concepts such as natural selection, inheritance and evolution to children.”

Dr Mandy Hartley

https://www.thelittlestorytellingcompany.co.uk/the-dna-detectives-to-catch-a-thief 

DNA Detectives book reviews

Dr Mandy Hartley and two of the reviews written by parents on Amazon

This competition to win a signed copy of The DNA Detectives to review is open until midnight on 1st February. Only open to UK residents.

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WIN Optical Illusions book 2!

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Love science books? We do too! And we love helping kids to learn all about science, which is why we’re giving our readers the chance to win brand new, hot-off-the-press science books, cool hey?! We have TEN copies of OPTICAL ILLUSIONS 2 to give away!! To enter simply answer this question:

Q. Optical illusions are tricks of the what?

  1. Nose and mouth
  2. Eyes and brain
  3. Hands and feet

Write your answer in the comment box before midnight GMT on 10th January 2018. Good luck! Winners will be notified by email after 10th January 2018. Only open to UK residents.

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StarFinder for Beginners jacket

Star Finder book winners

Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE with Star finder for beginners book

In conjunction with our Planetary Adventures edition (issue 28) we ran a competition to win Star Finder for Beginners, signed by Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE! Maggie is a presenter on BBC Four show Sky at Night, and is passionate about inspiring kids, especially girls, into science.

To enter the competition Whizz Pop Bang readers answered the following question:

What are stars made of?

A) Hot gas

B) Shiny aliens

c) Sparling Moon dust

The correct answer is of course hot gas! Well done to everyone who entered 🌟

Here our the five winners, who will each receive a signed copy of Star Finder for Beginners. Happy star-gazing! Thank you to DK Books for supplying the prizes, and asking Maggie to sign them for our lucky mini scientists.

  1. Isla Mackwell
  2. Benjamin Porter
  3. Thomas Perry
  4. Clair Saunders
  5. Danielle Vipond

We’ve also got some top tips from Maggie for star-gazing, including using a red torch if you need light as this has less effect on your eyes as they get used to the dark.

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Space Racers by Isabel Thomas

Space racers competition winners!

Inside the Space Racers kit

Big high-fives to all of you who entered the online competition to win SPACE RACERS kits, we loved reading your messages about how much you enjoy Whizz Pop Bang magazine! Great photos too!!

Congratulations to all of you who entered, choosing our favourite five was tricky! But without further ado here are the lucky winners who each receive a SPACE RACERS KIT 🚀

The competition winners are:

Space racers competition winner 1

Isaac, age 5

Dear Whizz Pop Bang,

Isaac (5 years old) has written the following to share with you as to why he loves his magazine subscription and looks forward to receiving it every month..

I love this magazine, the last one that was sent had lots about space in it and I want to be an Astronaut when I’m bigger so I did lots of reading about the rockets and planets.

I made the solar system and showed my 3 year old sister the planets (she likes Saturn the best), I like all the planets but Earth is my favourite.
I have included a picture of the solar system I built with a little bit of help from Mummy.
Thank you,
Isaac & Mummy

 

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Arthur, age 6

 

Hello Y

I really really love your magazine. Receiving it is the thing I look forward to the most. I love it so much I asked my mum to make some science clothing for me…. so this month I got to enjoy reading your magazine wearing my science trousers. If you look closely you will see planets, microscopes and anything a scientist will need. In fact I think it actually has all of your science equipment hidden on it!

Thank you for the magazine.
Arthur

 

 

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Elfie, age 7

 

To whizzpopbang

I love the magazine because it’s fun and I get to learn things and my favourite subject is science. I like doing the experiments and testing my friends on facts. Here is my moon sand footprint and Martian atmosphere experiment.

From Elfie

 

 

 

 

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Rocky, age 6

Hi WhizzPopBang gang!!
This is astronaut Rocky’s photo for the Space Racers competition.
He thinks WhizzPopBang is “totally out of this world”!! … and here he is travelling to the moon (and back) to show you how much he loves your magazine! He is completely science and space-mad! 
Tim Peake is one of his hero’s and when he’s older he wants to go to the ISS and do lots of funky scientific experiments! (Number one on his experiment list is to see how different fans behave in space [he loves fans and all things that spin!!])
His favourite rocket is the Saturn V but he wants to build a rocket of his own when he’s old enough – his own ‘Rocky rocket’!!. …I’ll make sure he invites you guys for a ride as a thank you for fuelling his thirst for all things sciencey each month with your fantastic magazine 😀
Thanks guys!
Space Racers competition winner 5

Robin, age 7

 

Hi! 

We love Whizz Pop Bang because there is so much to make and do. I loved making the solar system model, I even made another one for my little sister! 
Thanks for creating a great magazine. 
Robin

 

 

 

SPACE RACERS KIT published by Laurence King

SPACE RACERS KIT published by Laurence King

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Design an emoji competition

Royal Institution Christmas lectures competition 2017

We have news of a fun competition for emoji-lovers! This competition is run by the Royal Institution in conjunction with the Christmas lectures this year…

Royal Institution Christmas lectures 2017

Design an emoji for Christmas Lecture Professor Sophie Scott!

Emojis are changing the way we communicate online. We’re all using them and we all have our favourites. But sometimes there’s a situation, feeling or object that doesn’t have an emoji and it really, really needs one! Now’s the chance for you and your children to give the world the emoji you’ve always dreamed of!

To mark the 2017 CHRISTMAS LECTURES from the Royal Institution, they’re asking people of all ages to design an emoji and share why it is missing in the world.

Design an emoji competition

Design an emoji competition

It’s a fun and easy way for kids to do a science-related activity, and links to this year’s CHRISTMAS LECTURES where the amazing Prof Sophie Scott will reveal the wonderful ways we and animals communicate – emoji’s will be right in the mix!

So look out for the CHRISTMAS LECTURES on BBC Four between Christmas and New Year

Go to http://www.rigb.org/emoji to find out more and submit your emoji 🎨

The closing date is 5pm, Friday 15 December. You’ll start to see emojis featured on the Ri website and social media from 1 December onwards. So be sure to check back to see if yours has made it into the emoji hall of fame.

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Science jokes for World Science Day

To celebrate World Science Day on 10th December we ran a competition for our online fans to win 12 awesome Whizz Pop Bang magazines, all stored neatly in a binder. We asked people to send in their science jokes, only those suitable for kids, and we’re very pleased to say we had loads which is very good news for our editors who love a good science joke 😆

We decided the winning joke needed to be right for our readers, so 6 to 11-year-olds, and the sort of joke that really makes you chuckle. But how could we choose from over 50 jokes?! Well, luckily we have a group of kids at hand who took great pleasure in reading every single one, and whittling it down to their top five favourite, then three, then two and finally after much debate… one.

Want to see the long list? We thought you would…

‘Technically the glass is always full: 1/2 water and 1/2 air’
From Alexandra Vakula Douglas

‘How do you tell the gender of a termite? Put it in water. If it sinks, it’s a girl ant. If it floats, it’s a buoyant’
From Lisa Taylor

How does the moon cut his hair? Eclipse it!
From Megan Sian

‘How do you organize a space party? You planet’
From Ebony Ava Johnson

‘What do clouds wear underneath their trousers? Thunderwear’
From Clare Lee

Why didn’t the Sun go to university? Because he already had a million degrees!
From Meldra Liepa

Why should you never trust an atom? Because they make everything up!
From Sophie, age 9 / Helen Foster-Henson

I’m reading a book on anti-gravity – it’s really hard to put down
From Lucy Goodridge / Catharine Francesca

What do spacemen do on long trips? They play astronauts and crosses
From Suzanne Cawley

As you can see the process involved print outs, cut outs, different coloured pens, ticks and an awful lot of deliberation!

But we have a winner, one joke that made us all laugh – the kids and the grown ups… the winning science joke is…

Why didn’t the Sun go to university? Because he already had a million degrees!
From Meldra Liepa

Congratulations to Meldra and her family who have won 12 issues of Whizz Pop Bang science magazine in a binder! Happy experimenting!

Which joke is your favorite? Tell us in the comment box👇🏾

Wish you’d won? Just make sure you put a subscription to Whizz Pop Bang on your Christmas list 😜

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