When I was asked to have a look at Stew magazine for curious kids I had to point out that I don't have any children in the recommended age range of 8-12, but it really intrigued me and I was keen to have a look. That 'tween' stage is really quite tricky to cater for and there isn't much around really, so it's nice to see that someone is filling the gap.
"Stew is a bi-monthly print magazine aimed at 8-12 year olds who love to read, write, draw and think. It aims to support the school curriculum by including informative features in each issue on the arts, science, history and world affairs. There are also short stories, book reviews and even an age-appropriate agony column.The magazine tries to challenge and stimulate its readers in an entertaining fashion, and one of the ways it avoids being stuffy and didactic is through its use of original and stunning illustrations on practically every page. These give Stew a distinctive look while providing a platform for some superbly talented art school students and graduates".
Stew is a magazine full of absolutely tons of information and articles that older kids love. I have been sent the last 2 issues and we have everything from zombies and vampires to reclusive monks and champion origami experts.
Every page is full of interesting and varied images - illustration, art and photography.
The feature articles are really well written, the aim is just right. It has plenty of interest to hold the attention of me and our teenagers, but it's understood without too much explanation by my 5 year old.
An 8-12 year old would be able to read Stew independently and would learn absolutely loads - history, geography, literature, chemistry and every other subject are packed into fascinating topics that don't ever broadcast the fact that they're educational....
As well as all the feature stories there are a number of regular articles similar to those found in any magazine - dilemmas, books to read and puzzles being only 3 of them. Again it's really nicely written, with a real excitement and enthusiasm.
Our 5 year old listens wide-eyed to the information, soaking it up like a sponge and our16 year old girl was amazed by the images and artwork. It is a real 'please all' and a great one to leave on the coffee table.
Each Stew magazine has around 32 pages and it is sold mainly on subscription, delivered to you at a cost of £20 for a whole year.
You can find out more about Stew, keep up to date and subscribe to Stew on their website.