Research, carried out by King’s College London and Cardiff University, suggests that just having a device, even when switched off, in a child’s bedroom can cause sleep disruption. It is widely acknowledged that the use of screen-based devices before going to bed can interfere with melatonin production, delaying and interruptingRead More →

Many children will get coughs and sniffles over the winter season but sometimes it may be more than a cold. Bronchiolitis is a common lower respiratory tract infection, generally affecting babies and young children, and is more common in the winter months Dr Su Laurent, a medic specialising in paediatricRead More →

A much-needed antidote to help children let go of their anxieties and concerns at the end of each busy day could be found in ancient Buddhist tales with an emphasis on peace, calm and mindfulness… Growing up in the modern world today many children are leading overstimulated and sometimes stressfulRead More →

The science behind mind-boggling illusions has intrigued adults and children alike for years but now with their new book Optical Illusions, two of the foremost experts in optical art and illusions reveal how to wow your friends and family. Hole in the Hand Illusion This simple illusion will give youRead More →

From cave paintings 40,000 years ago to abstract-expressionist New York, acclaimed author and art historian Michael Bird transports young readers on a journey across continents to introduce the lives and works of history’s greatest artists… Human beings looking more or less like us have been around for maybe 200,000 years.Read More →

To celebrate the launch of Spacebase, W5’s new multi-sensory activity zone for three to 11-year-olds, this issue we are discovering the history of space… Before the Big Bang there was nothing at all. No galaxies, no stars, no planets and no life. No time, no space, no light and noRead More →

For 300 years the Russian Romanov Tsars had been the most magnificent rulers in Europe, but in 1917 they were swept away by the Russian Revolution. One hundred years after their brutal murder the story of Nicholas II and Alexandra, their family and the fantastically jewelled Faberge eggs still continuesRead More →

The traditions of Ancient Egyptians and their obsession with the afterlife is a topic which still fascinates today. Journey back thousands of years in time with Egyptomania authors Emma Giuliani and Carole Saturno to discover how a mummy was made and why. For Ancient Egyptians, when death occurred, it didRead More →

The human body can accomplish many things. Some are gross, some are funny and some are just downright unbelievable… Shine Bright Your body gives off light, much like a firefly or a glow worm – or a superhero. Sadly, nobody can see it. Using special cameras, scientists have proven thatRead More →

It might be winter, but there’s still plenty of wildlife to see right across Northern Ireland. In the bottom of your garden, in the fields and woods, even on the mountaintops animals are living through the ice and snow. See if you can spot these birds and animals against the stunningRead More →

Festive snow globes make great gifts for friends and family and they are lots of fun to make. You will need Empty, clean glass jars with lids Sandpaper (optional) Silver paint Paintbrush Strong waterproof glue or waterproof tile adhesive Christmas decorations to put in jar Pitcher (jug) and spoon forRead More →