I loved science when I was younger, in fact I loved it so much I ended up studying herbal medicine. If found it really interesting to find out how the human body worked as well as learning more about nature. My girls also seem to be displaying an interest in the human body and also the natural world and of course I want to encourage this as much as possible. We do go out and about looking at all sorts of things such as creepy crawlies, fungi of various types, animals/birds that we may come across. I remember one year we came across a field that had baby frogs. We stayed for hours, the girls would run around and try and catch them although their reaction was hilarious when they jumped at them. I remember as a child having my own microscope although what happened to that I haven’t a clue so when Interplay offered me the opportunity to review their pocket microscope of course I couldn’t refuse.
The microscope comes packaged with everything you might need to get started including a microscope, a sample slide with grasshopper parts, a sample slide with textiles, 3 blank microscope slides, 12 transparent sample covers, 12 labels for samples, 4 storage jars, tweezers and an instruction booklet.
You will need 2 AA batteries for this so if you are buying this for your children or as a gift bare that in mind it’s disappointing when you can’t play with your toys as you don’t have the necessary batteries.
Setting up the microscope is simple. All you need to do is put the batteries in pull the torch to turn it on and look through. The samples provided are great as they give little ones something to start looking at but it isn’t hard to find other things to pop under the microscope. Simply look around the house, you will find plenty of items in the kitchen such as salt, sugar, whole and ground pepper. Even something as simple as a hair from you hairbrush can be placed under the microscope.
There are plenty of items too that can be found outside to look at. Why not try looking at a leaf of a stem of a plant. Insects or parts of insects can also work well. Don’t forget it the insect is live it won’t keep still so it might be more of a challenge to focus on it with the microscope.
We headed off into the garden to see what we could get our hands on. The girls were very brave until we found a spider. Neither wanted to try and catch it so of course mummy (who really doesn’t like spiders) had to assist (eeeuuuuuggggghhhhhh). With our eight legged friend in tow we headed indoors to take a look and get some pictures to show everyone.
This looks like it could be a brown spider although I could be mistaken. It has plenty of larger relatives in our garden but thankfully we didn’t come across any of those otherwise I am sure you would have heard our screams across the UK. Although terrified of these we do also find them quite fascinating as long as they can’t touch us.
The microscope is small enough to fit into a pocket, handbag or back pack and is very light. It can be used on the go if you find anything exciting you want to take a closer look at. The microscope magnifies items to 30 times their actual size.
My girls are looking forward to discovering more creepy crawlies and looking at more things under the microscope too. This is a great way to encourage children to move away from computer screens and get outside more and it can also be educational as well as great fun!
What creepy crawlies or other items would you like to see under a microscope?
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Disclaimer: A sample of the product was sent for my consideration.