Eco Kids Planet is a top-notch environmental- and conservation-minded magazine that combines fascinating stories and hands-on activities in stylish, substantial presentations that reward readers with hours of explorations and explanations of the natural world around them.
Each issue is theme driven. Our 2018 samples covered The Earth and Solar System Exploration; Amazing Animal Migration; Minibeasts; and Exploring the Deep Sea. Inside articles tend to be short, thoughtful and organized in ways that keep younger readers on point, using short paragraphs with colorful highlighting, bullets, boldfaced words, and Fun Fact and vocabulary boxes. Some stories are presented as Q&A interviews (Charlie the Eco Kid can talk to animals); pages in notebook form, including scratched out words and scribbles (Amy Investigates: Do Insects Poo or Pee?); and comic book pages (Amelia the Fox explores Caribou Migration in Canada and Minibeast Mimicry). Other features pose ecological problems and solutions, like the dangers whales face from colliding with ships, and how new technology helps ships steer clear.
Beyond features such as Deep-Sea Habitats and Cosmic Quicksand (The Weird World of Black Holes), each issue of Eco Kids Planet offers puzzles, games and science activities, ranging from riddles and science-based jokes, to cut-out projects (assembling an endangered bird mobile, for instance) to coloring competitions and crossword puzzles.
This advertising-free magazine's design and graphics are compelling and user-friendly throughout, with lots of high-quality photos and imaginative illustrations on pages of heavy-stock paper made from environmentally-friendly paper and biodegradable ink. Read full review >
Don Oldenburg ©2019 Parents' Choice
Eco Kids Planet is informative, appealingly written, beautifully designed and sturdy. The monthly themes are well chosen for their interest and significance, and each theme is thoughtfully explored through a variety of angles, so that children who might pick up the magazine because they want to read about the puma on the cover might end up being fascinated to learn about the ancient Incan cosmology of three worlds, each represented by a different animal. The contests are unusually creative, and the interactive activities are helpfully scattered throughout, rather than all being confined to the end as they often are in magazines.... Young readers who have any interest in the environment will be delighted and fascinated by this beautiful magazine. Read full review >
Naomi Lesley ©2018 Parents' Choice
I LOVE that there are no adverts in the magazines and this should also be an industry standard for all children’s mags.
Each issue is themed, focusing on a location or season e.g. Halloween. The content is educational, fun and encourages children to love the planet and consider conservation.
There are three Eco Kids ‘reporters’, a great hook for child readers.
Charlie can talk to animals and therefore does lots of animal interviews.
Amy does the science, creating the puzzles, diaries, experiments and games e.g. the Slime Laboratory in an issue we reviewed.
Simon is the adventurer, travelling to discover mystical creatures and awe-inspiring nature.
As a parent and lover of nature and wildlife I can’t rate these magazines highly enough. They are bright, colourful, well laid out, not too busy like some other magazines we’ve seen and really fun and informative. Read full review >
Eco Kids Planet feels less like a magazine and more like a series of activity books. Each issue of the advertising-free publication focuses on a different biome: sample issues included the African Savannah, the African Congo Rainforest, the Eastern Himalayas, and India. The heavy-duty pages (made from environmentally-friendly paper and inks) are meant to be read, saved, and re-read. The magazine focuses on both the animals and the land they inhabit. Many articles are styled as interviews or clips from notebooks, making them easy to read at a glance and not so overwhelming for elementary school readers. Each issue features craft projects, puzzles, and science activities.
Eco Kids planet is a new monthly magazine for children but with a bit of a difference – targeted at children aged around 7 to 12 years old, Eco Kids Planet is a factual magazine packed full of science and nature facts, activities and games. I think it's an excellent magazine which has the balance between education and fun for this age group just about right.
I love finding good stuff. I think it’s the feeling ‘normal’ women get when they find a killer pair of shoes or a designer dress at a bargain price – a bit of a rush, excitement and sheer joy. That’s how I feel when I find something that I think is just straight up GOOD. And that’s how I feel about the Eco Kids Planet magazine.
When I received a bundle of magazines in the post, I was immediately impressed by the amazing vibrant photographs on the cover of every edition, as well as the high quality feel and look of the publication. It turned out that was only the start of the Eco Kids journey!