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Microscopes for Kids

Updated on November 10, 2012

Microscopes are instruments that have been in use since the 1800’s. They provide a greater insight into the world of microscopy and offer your child the opportunity to learn about the world around them. The advances in technology have made the microscope market more accessible for everyone and that includes kids. By encouraging your child to discover things from a scientific perspective opens up a whole new world.

Science is fun

Science is a subject that most children will benefit from being introduced to from an early age. The formative years are so important for learning and children soak up information like little sponges. Our children today are surrounded by modern technology and learn from a very early age how to use all sorts of gadgets. Using a kid’s microscope will be second nature to most children.

The great thing about kid’s microscopes is that it teaches your child about the environment and how every tiny thing living or not has its own unique place and fits in perfectly to what we call ‘life’.

When your child is interested and fascinated by a subject they will be keen to learn and absorb knowledge at their own pace and depth. When learning becomes fun your child will be asking your all sorts of questions and learning through fun, which is the best way

Encouraging your child to learn about microscopy will also provide the opportunity for them to learn about other areas of science such as biology. As your child’s interest and knowledge grows so will his/her confidence and the desire for lifelong learning.

You can get your child started from a young age by introducing a magnifying glass and build up to a toy microscope and finally onto a microscope that will suit all ages and will be great to use for hobbies or school work.

By giving your child a kick start onto the road of discovery will also create opportunities for them to develop other skills such as independent thinking, problem solving whilst opening up the world around them with eyes wide open.

There are certain considerations to take into account when choosing a kids microscope such as mono or binocular eyepiece. The monocular eyepiece can be easier for younger children to view through.

Compound Microscope for Kids – older children may prefer this instrument as it allows viewing of micro-organisms that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Great for school projects.

Computer or USB microscope – may also come with a camera attachment to take photos or video footage which can be displayed on a monitor.

Stereo Microscope for kids – also known as the dissecting microscope generally works with a magnification between 10X-100X, designed to view objects visible to the naked eye but a close range. Samples can be seen in 3D, which may be appealing to all ages.

Pocket Microscopes – vary tremendously but can be very efficient and are fantastic to take on field trips and/or camping trips.

There are some hand held microscopes that have a camera function in order to take photo’s which can easily be uploaded to a computer.

Most Kid’s microscopes are suitable from the ages of 5 years and up, however the younger child will probably benefit more from a toy microscope to begin with.


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      Sam Graham 5 years ago from Australia

      Yes a pocket microscope is a really good way to start. There are some really good pocket microscopes on Amazon. Last month they were selling one for under $3 and it had over 200 4.5 star ratings. I love it when great technology is available for all to benefit from.

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      Learn Things Web 5 years ago from California

      Great hub! I definitely plan to buy a microscope for my kids. But I'm waiting a few years because I want to get a really good one. Since they are still young, a pocket microscope is a great way to get them started cheaply.