I was contacted by Eleanor, the creator of Brilliant Brainz’ magazine, to take a look at her new monthly magazine aimed at 6 – 12 year olds; she sent us three of the magazines and myself and my two children, aged 9 and 10 couldn’t wait to get stuck in.
I don’t know about other families, but I have always found myself and my kids disappointed by the children’s magazines found on the high street. The content, the adverts and the price are not impressive at all.
Brilliant Brainz is Refreshing
Then, along comes Brilliant Brainz – a refreshing, colourful, positive, age-appropriate, add-free magazine that really is enticing for kids.
This magazine really sets a new trend from the expensive, trashy magazines you see on the shelves these days.
On first impressions, we found the magazine to be colourful and inviting and straight away I could see that this magazine covers so many subjects including art, music, food, sport, science and nature and philosophy as well as much more.
Great For Home Educators
This is great for home educators and gave us some great ideas for projects. Each section is well thought out, appealing to the eye and written by people with experience in primary education.
Creative and Educational
The activities are creative and educational with a simple, easy to read and follow format. There are jokes, facts, quizzes and competitions as well as stories, recipes and projects encouraging children to try new activities, new foods and new ways of thinking. It also has book reviews, entertainment news and a section on new apps and technology and encourages children to write-in themselves with stories, pictures, and poems etc.
No matter what your child is interested in there is something for everyone.
The diversity of information in these magazines is astounding and keeps you turning the page for more. It is suitable for both boys and girls and encourages children’s natural imagination.
Home educated children benefit from being able to study a broad range of subjects without the constraints of the national curriculum; this magazine absolutely encompasses the many topics, such as philosophy, and thinking skills that are usually ignored.
It is age-appropriate and with text that is easy to follow whilst still challenging the confident reader.
These unique, high quality magazines really got my children thinking and discussing new topics that interested them. It gave them an opportunity to stop and think about important topics such as ‘happiness’. It made them question what ‘happiness’ actually means and especially what it means to them.
Mental health is such a critical issue these days and the fact this magazine encourages mindfulness, yoga, and thinking skills is refreshing and such a benefit to todays children. My absolute favourite part is the ‘Think Spot’ pages – designed to get kids thinking about themselves, others and the world we live in.
What our Children Love
My 10-year-old daughter loves the information about nature and the food pages, learning about animals and trying new recipes or food ideas.
My son likes the philosophy pages because he likes to question the way we see things and look at different perspectives of life; he loves the jokes page – sharing them with friends and family.
Typically when my children pick up a magazine it is often flicked through and discarded (which is probably why they give you free, cheap, trashy toys because the content of the actual magazine is appalling).
Why Choose Brilliant Brainz
With Brilliant Brainz, my children kept going back to read and interact with the magazines and got engaged with the projects and activities.
In our family, we really encourage our children to think and to learn about the world around them – we now use this magazine in our philosophy lessons and to start discussions and debates as well as for project and topic ideas.
We highly recommend this magazine.