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Best Microscopes for Kids

Children often look at the world with a sense of wonder, searching for new things to explore. Science is one of the best ways to satisfy their desire to learn and grow. A great way to build their interest in smaller organisms in the environment is through the lens of a microscope.

Microscopes for kids offer a way to delve into exciting, unseen lifeforms and build a greater understanding of scientific concepts. Children will be thrilled to uncover organisms and the great words used to name and describe them, and those who explore these interests develop a deeper understanding of core sciences.

The following microscopes were selected to introduce children at different learning levels (starting with 4-year-olds) to the unseen world of science.

Best for Learning

Omano JuniorScope Microscope for Kids Microscope Science Kits for Kids Science Experiment Kits (Misc.)

List Price: $129.99 USD
New From: $89.00 USD In Stock
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The Omano JuniorScope 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.

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.

Most Portable

Carson MicroBrite Plus 60x-120x LED Lighted Pocket Microscope (Electronics)

List Price: $15.00 USD
New From: $14.91 USD In Stock
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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.

Most Interactive

Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope, Featuring Bindi Irwin – Microscope for Kids (Toy)

List Price: $49.99 USD
New From: $39.97 USD In Stock
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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.

Best Jr. Microscope

Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope STEM Toy for Preschoolers (Toy)

List Price: $21.99 USD
New From: $15.39 USD In Stock
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Release date: January 1, 2020.

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.”

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.