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 →

Calling all aspiring astronauts and future space scientists! Strap on your moon boots and prepare for liftoff by building your own rocket with the Astronaut Academy… The best way to find out how rockets work is to make one! By making a balloon rocket, you’ll see how rockets move forwardRead More →

Foraging expert Fiona Bird shows how being a good beachcomber can not only really help the environmental problem of ocean pollution, but also help make some brilliant eco-friendly art… For a long time, people thought getting rid of waste at sea was a good idea, but it isn’t and isRead More →

Arts and crafts activities don’t have to be done indoors! Take it outside and enjoy getting creative with nature. Decorate a tree You will need •Ribbon or string •Scissors •Natural objects such as twigs. Leaves, dried fruit, feathers •Coloured wool and beads 1.Get creative! Use your natural objects to makeRead More →

Thaumatropes (Thaw-Ma-Tropes) were a popular toy in the nineteenth century. They create an illusion by spinning two images together, which tricks your eye into seeing them as one picture… What you need Piece of card Circular Template (like a glass or cup) to draw around Scissors Pens and pencils StickRead More →

With the expert guidance of Tracey Radford, you can turn everyday cardboard into incredible, yet simple, craft projects. You’ll never look at an empty egg carton in the same way again… Hoppity, hoppity, hoppity hop, but where’s she hopping to? Ruby’s quite forgetful and hasn’t got a clue! Roughly cutRead More →