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Scoop Magazine Review

THESE ITEMS WERE GIFTED TO THE REVIEWER FOR THE PURPOSES OF WRITING THE REVIEW. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE THE REVIEWER'S OWN

Reviewed by Melody Floyde

As I have two young sons, aged 6 & 9, who seem to be permanently glued to their screens, I’m constantly trying to think of new and interesting things to do or buy to distract them. Anything educational is even better, so I was very happy to be asked to review some issues of SCOOP Magazine.

SCOOP is a bi-monthly magazine aimed at children aged 7+ (Key Stages 2 & 3 at school) and is available either digitally or printed. Each issue focuses on a different topic and has a wide range of content including stories, puzzles, comics, games, activities, facts and more which will appeal to both confident and reluctant readers. SCOOP’s mission is to inspire children to discover and nurture a curiosity for ideas, stories and creativity. They also have a different guest editor for each issue, for example in the two issues we received Mark Womack and Lauren St John are the guest editors. There are also a number of different contributors in each issue, alongside a junior editor.

My sons are very different when it comes to reading so I was interested to see how they would react to the magazines when I put them down in front of them. My six-year-old is confident in his reading and loves to read anything and everything he can get his hands on. On the other hand, my nine-year-old, whilst good at reading, doesn’t enjoy it at all and it’s a constant battle to get him to read anything.

We were sent two issues of SCOOP. One about Oceans and the other about Greeks and Romans. Both are topics that my children have learned about in school, in fact my youngest son’s topic for this half-term is Oceans so I was hoping we were on to a winner! My initial impression of the magazines were that they were lovely quality, printed on thick matte paper and packed with pages of colourful articles.

My youngest son couldn’t wait to get stuck in. In the Ocean issue he particularly loved reading about the Mythical Creatures of the Sea, the joke pages and the cartoons. There were also some lovely stories and factual articles that we looked at together. We both liked the item on how to go beachcombing and will definitely be giving it a go, next time we go to the seaside. I also really liked the Pledges page, where children can fill in their own pledges for how they will help to save the oceans as it gave them the opportunity to think of their own ideas. Whilst my reluctant reader older son wasn’t too keen to actually sit down and read the magazine, he did enjoy doing the logic puzzle and gave another vote for the joke pages.

The Greeks and Romans issue actually had a better reception from both of my children. They loved reading about the Crazy Jobs of the ancient world (who knew there were armpit hair pluckers back in those days!), the ancient food and drink article was also a hit along with the mythical characters of ancient Greece. My youngest son was also very excited to find the maze and the spot the difference which are some of his favourite things to do. I have to admit that I have been reading this issue myself and really enjoying it. It does really capture both children’s and adults’ interest.

Overall, I was impressed with the SCOOP magazines, they strike a good balance between being educational and fun, and as they are so bright and colourful they really grab children’s attention and make them want to read further.

SCOOP is available in either Digital Format or Printed Copy for purchase via the website as either a subscription or one-off copies. You can also currently get a free digital copy of the Activists Issue to download which is a good idea if you’re not sure about committing to buying them.

A subscription would make a lovely gift idea for a child, for any reason, as they would receive six issues per year and would look forward to receiving them. Individual copies are also available to buy however I personally think that £6.50 is rather expensive for a magazine if I wasn’t buying it for a gift for someone, so would probably opt to spend the same amount of money on a new book.

Rating: 4/5

RRP: £6.50 per issue or £36 for 12-month subscription of the printed magazine

This product can be purchased from Scoop the Mag here.

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