Best Microscopes for Kids

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With this microscope, you can see specimens under 100x, 400x or 1200x magnification. This simple, compact microscope is easily adjustable and the kit includes collection bottles, blank slides and tweezers that can be used for any experiment. If you are wanting to introduce your child to microscopes and science experiments, this basic set is the way to go without breaking the bank.

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This microscope offers a magnification range that many other microscopes don’t, allowing children to get a deeper look into their world. The kit comes with 49 accessories and a brine shrimp experiment that is ready to go. There are five prepared slides as well as seven blank slides that can be reusable for endless experiments at home or in the classroom. This kit is best for beginners and younger children.

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The Omano microscope offers a variety of advanced options for child scientists. There are different magnification choices, including a 4x, 100x and 400x zoom, which display with perfect clarity. The microscope is fitted with high-quality glass for better visual acuity and can be used on both low and high power settings. It also comes with everything children need to participate in numerous science-related activities. This microscope is recommended for children ages 6 years old and up.

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This microscope has dual LED lighting. The lower light illuminates from underneath to view slides and biological specimens. The brighter lighting above is perfect for seeing intricate details in 3D objects. There are 50 accessories that come with this microscope including prepared slides, blank slides, covers, tweezers, a petri dish and more. It even includes a complete brine shrimp experiment. These tiny crustaceans are important to many ecosystems, and kids will be amazed to observe them as they hatch before their eyes. This product is recommended for children aged 8 years old and up.

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This microscope has a range of magnifications from 60x to 120x. The aspheric lenses support superior optics and the LED lighting helps to view whatever specimen is being observed. The microscope is compact and lightweight so it can be brought on nature walks and field trips or used for on-site experiments. It is recommended for children ages 6 and up.

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Children will be delighted to hear the voice of Bindi Irwin describing the pre-selected slideshow being viewed. The accompanying audio is available in several languages, including English, Spanish, French and German. There are two modes of learning, lessons and quizzes, which include over 100 scientific facts and questions. It also has a convenient storage tray for slides and is recommended for 4- to 7-year-olds.

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This fully functioning microscope is made specifically for younger children. It offers 8x magnification with operational knobs and pieces. The double eye-piece makes viewing simple, while the chunky focusing-knob is the perfect size for little hands. This microscope is a useful tool for introducing science to preschoolers. It makes a great gift and is recommended for 3- to 6-year-olds.

Expert Commentary

“Having used microscopes as part of my doctorate program in teaching, and in working with children under the age of 7, I fully appreciate the spectrum of microscopes available for purchase. What is more important than the type of microscope is taking the time to introduce your children to the scientific method (as appropriate for where they are developmentally). It can be helpful to familiarize them with the tool first. I have found most children need not only training on how to operate the microscope, but also time to play and explore the tool before engaging in a real experiment.”