Age: 3-6 years old

Skills: Science basics.

Why We Like It: Get your kids excited about science with hands-on activities. My First Microscope features two extra-large eyepieces (no need to close one eye!) and a chunky, kid-sized focusing knob. This jr. microscope helps preschoolers explore hidden worlds at a range of magnifications from 2.5x to 8x. The large, fixed sample tray can hold flat and 3D objects for kids to view, no slides needed. There’s also a push activated bright LED kids can use to light up details and make even more discoveries.

What You Should Know: Magnified views can be challenging for little ones to understand, so start with the 2.5x view (with the focusing knob turned as far away from your child as it will go).  Your preschooler can orient themselves to the item they’re viewing, and as they turn the focusing knob towards themselves, they can gradually pull away to an 8x view. The wide field of view of these lower magnifications is critical to little ones’ understanding of how this science tool works. Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included). This toy does contain small parts, and is therefore a choking hazard for children under age 3. Get your budding scientist a GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope today.

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