The Week Junior is an award-winning current affairs magazine loved by children aged 8-14. Every issue features a 'How To' section filled with fun crafts, recipes, games and more. We’ve compiled some of the best experiments and exciting activities from our previous issues that you can do at home, to help keep your curious young minds exploring, learning and creating. We’d love to see your creations – please email your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org and you might feature in our magazine!
Activities for the whole family to try
Make a delicious soup
This Moroccan bean soup recipe is the perfect winter treat.
Write a letter in Braille
Have a go at creating Braille messages using lentils.
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Find an amazing book to read
Check out our reading list – it’s bursting with bookish delights.
Make a lucky waving cat
Have fun celebrating Chinese New Year by creating your very own Maneki Neko cat.
Matchstick Men Masterpiece
British artist L.S Lowry painted people-filled scenes around Manchester, England. Join Olaf Falafel as he helps you create your very own Lowry with his nifty printing trick.
Weave a colourful turtle
We guarantee you'll have lots of fun creating mesmerising patterns using a method of weaving popular in Mexico.
Craft a colourful fruit bowl and see how many different designs can you come up with.
Our sweet potato and spinach cakes are delicious and simple enough for the whole family to enjoy cooking together.
Be sure to save your shoeboxes and you'll soon be making masterpieces like the famous abstract artist Jackson Pollock.
Create your own rainbow cover
Download The Week Junior's cover, print it out and decorate it however you like.
Make cardboard animals
Use leftover cardboard to decorate your desk at home.
Try this easy-to-make cheesy recipe- the perfect side-dish to any meal.
Create your own marble game
This fantastically fun game will have you hanging off the edge of your seat.
Easy tasty noodles
Make this flavoursome dish for your family and friends. All it requires is fresh vegetables, noodles and a splash of water. Spice it up with chilli or add an egg to make it even better.
Couscous couldn't be easier to make, and adding a few tasty fruit and vegetables makes it way more exciting.
Make a den
Have fun making a den inside. We've got some top tips to help you make your den as cosy and cool as possible.
Make story dice
You'll never struggle to think up a story with one of these easy-to-make story dice. Throw and off you go on a magical imaginary adventure...
Create a collage self-portrait
Now's your time to make a self-portrait with pictures and words that sum you up. This is about reflecting your personality, rather than what you look like.
Make no-cook pesto
Have a go at making fresh, tasty pesto. Find out what ingredients actually go into your favourite pasta sauce.
Cook easy scrambled eggs
Make delicious scrambled eggs in seconds. All it takes is whisking the eggs in a bowl and popping them into the microwave.
Dreamy hot chocolate
Warm up when you're feeling chilly with dreamy hot chocolate. There's a secret ingredient in this exciting recipe from Enid Blyton: Jolly Good Food.
Start circuit training
Perfect your fitness routine with some circuit training. Use this guide to find out why stretching is key to exercise and much more.
Become a spy
It's time to dress up in disguise, dust for fingerprints and create coded messages. Here's your guide to becoming a top detective.
Draw an acromantula
Try your hand at drawing the giant spider from Harry Potter with step-by-step instructions from legendary illustrator Levi Pinfold.
Build bottle skittles
See who can get the first single strike with this easy-to-create game.
Tomato garlic toast
Chop tomatoes and garlic, toast bread and drizzle with a little olive oil to make this super simple snack for a delicious taste of summer.
Make a harmonica
Build yourself a brilliant harmonica with a few everyday objects, and start playing some of your favourite tunes.
The Week Junior Podcast
The Week Junior Show takes you behind the scenes of the features from your magazine. Each week, Bex from Fun Kids is joined by members of The Week Junior team to discuss a range of topics, including:
- Their favourite stories
- The week's hot topics
- Whether the 'Real or Rubbish?' report is fake news or the real deal.
It's completely free to listen and all of our previous episodes are available for hours of entertainment.
Try your hand at cooking this traditional Indian lentil-based dish. Add coriander and lime to jazz it up and serve to hungry family members. We promise they'll enjoy it.
Make a fancy fried egg
If you want to make a delicious cheese, tomato and basil fried egg, go to The Week Junior's How to page.
Tuck into a tasty Greek-style salad and you'll be transported to feta-tastic dreamland.
Soda bread is the perfect addition to any meal. Enjoy with boiled eggs for breakfast or dip it in your soup at tea.
Draw Harry Potter's Patronus
Learn how to draw Harry Potter's Patronus with step-by-step instructions from Harry Potter illustrator Levi Pinfold.
Create a magical world
Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell has some handy tips on how you can create your own magical world.
Learn how to tell a story
Discover how to wow your friends with amazing tales with our how to tell a story guide.
Stay active in your home with this simple and fun circuit.
Indoor workout 2
Another simple workout for you to do indoors, get all the family involved!
Write letters to care homes
Help lift the spirits of people in care homes at a time when they cannot have visitors and may feel isolated.
Donate to food banks
Food banks give food and other household goods to people who are finding it hard to buy enough for themselves.
Another fun workout for you to do at home including crab walks and skaters.
Know someone that loves science and nature?
Check out The Week Junior Science+Nature's FREE content hub and help them bring the world of science, technology, engineering and maths to life - even while they're at home! There are lots of exciting activities to ignite curiosities and mind-blowing ideas to keep children exploring.
- Learn how to make a model lung
- Join us on a mission into space and discover the secrets of the Sun
- Turn an acorn into a mighty oak tree
- Make a thermometer