The Discovery Box magazine is published by Bayard’s Children’s Magazines. They produce three separate magazines for three different age groups. These are:
Story Box – 3 – 6 Years
Adventure Box – 6-9 Years
Discovery Box – 9-12 Years.
Bayard’s have been publishing these since 1996. These educational magazines are available throughout Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia.
Bayard’s have this statement on their website. ‘Through each one of our publications and productions, we seek to uphold a single mission: to help young people to grow up understanding the fascinating world they live in, and encourage them to face the challenges of the future with a sense of wonder and curiosity.’
Just from reading this one paragraph I could tell that these magazines would be brilliant. When they arrived in the post I was quick to notice the excellent quality of not just the magazine itself but the photographs and illustrations.
Above are the three editions which I was sent. They were all equally interesting to read. I loved the illustrations and found some of them quite humorous.
In the ‘How your body works’ issue I was amazed at how detailed the diagrams and illustrations were. Really interesting to look at.
Photographs in all the issues were wonderfully clear and some were quite beautifu.
On each article there are quick, short facts. These kind of facts are easy to remember, especially for us parents. I learned quite a lot reading these.
In each magazine there is an illustrated story.
The stories are great to read. The Moby Dick one was quite gruesome and so was the barber surgeon. ‘A project on climate change!‘ This was a real eye opener of a story. I studied environmental science at university and felt that us students had the whole world on our shoulders. This is a great story that children from all over the world should read. It really makes you see how the world is affected by climate change. It can be easy to think that climate change doesn’t affect us as we don’t experience huge floods, hurricanes or droughts but even in the UK there has been flooding, landslides and cliff erosions. So this kind of story is a great way of teaching the younger generations the true affects of climate change.
The article on the whaling was quite detailed and maybe a bit too graphic for some children but one that is very relevant. It would certainly be a topic that I would want my children to explore when they are old enough to understand. I would have liked to have seen a bit more information on more involved organisations, for example Sea Shepard.
I love the ‘What can you see’ Article. I play a similar game on my social media sites. It is a great way to get children really looking and thinking about an image. This is a brilliant method to teach identification skills.
I was amazed with how much I learned reading the article on the Christmas facts. I love how these magazines teach the adults interesting facts too!
‘Investigate with’ is great as it gives the reader a look into what a day in the life of a runner, glaciologist or a scuba diver etc. is like. It might inspire the reader to try that activity / career path for themselves.
The science experiments later on in the magazine gives the reader something to try out for themselves, with the help of their parents. Doing something for yourself can often help you learn better than just reading about it. ‘Melting Glaciers’ is a great science activity to do at home as it shows the reader how glaciers work and what happens when the sun reaches the glaciers which are covered in rocks.
I love the activity of making recycled paper. It is something I would like to try with my children and its quite educational.
‘Feeding Garden Birds’ was really good to see in the magazine as British garden birds can really struggle in the winter months. It was wonderful to see the link to the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch as this is not only good for conservation but it is a great way to spark a child’s enthusiasm for protecting wildlife and learning identification skills.
It is great that children can send in jokes and drawings to be featured in the back pages as it gets the reader more involved with the magazine.
The quiz on the back cover of each magazine is brilliant as it means the reader has to concentrate on the magazine whilst reading it to be able to answer the questions on the back.
My 8 year old niece was very excited when I asked her to read through the magazines. She told me that she absolutely loved them. She found the quiz on the back quite hard but she is slightly out of the age bracket so an older child should be able to do the questions. She loved the illustrations and her favourite piece was the centre picture titled ‘Different ways of looking after the body’. She said she would definitely recommend them to her friends as they would also find them very interesting. She is now very excited to further her knowledge about cetaceans after the magazine inspired her. She found some of the stories quite funny and looks forward to reading more!
As you can see my 4 year old son an 19 month old daughter also thoroughly enjoyed looking through the images in the magazines.
Disclosure: I was sent these magazines for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.