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Best Microscope For Children - Choose The One For Your Child

Updated on September 23, 2014

What Is The Best Microscope Kids Want As A Gift?

Microscopes for kids are great educational and fun gift ideas for young children or teenagers. They will love exploring the secret world of bugs and plants under the microscope.

Since he was a young boy, our son spent his leisure time looking under rocks, examining insects and digging up all sorts of creepy crawlies! Cleaning his room was always a bit scary as you never knew what you would find.

Now he has fulfilled his dream of becoming a scientist and works in a laboratory, which he loves.

Nurturing a young child's curiosity in nature could open up a whole new world of discovery and what better way than looking through a microscope. It makes learning fun!

Whether it is a kid's microscope set or a more advanced student microscope you are looking for, hopefully you will be able to find all the relevant information here. Learn all about the different parts of a microscope and how to use one.

Then test yourself in the tutorial on how to use a microscope.

Who Invented Microscope?

In 1595, Zacharias Jansen developed a microscope with 3 x to 9 x magnification but the images were slightly blurry.

Galileo Galilei' developed a compound microscope in 1625 and Giovanni Faber named it a "microscope".


Under The Microscope

Small bodies, about half a micron in diameter, and later referred to under the name of 'mitochondria' were detected under the light microscope as early as 1894.

Albert Claude

Cheek Cells Under Microscope

The cell membrane, nucleus and cytoplasm are easy to see.

Onion Cells Under Microscope

An onion's epidermal cells are elongated and the ratio fo length to width varies. Each cell is enclosed by a wall.

How To Use A Microscope

C & A Scientific My First Lab Ultimate Microscope
C & A Scientific My First Lab Ultimate Microscope

C & A Scientific My First Lab Ultimate Microscope

Curious about Science?

This is a sturdy, good quality and durable kids microscope set for a beginner.

It has 40x to 400x magnification and comes with an adjustable LED under-light for clarity of images.

It is powered by a rechargeable battery, making it easy to use in the field and at home.

Only 5 prepared slides are included, so you may want to buy an additional microscope slide kit with either prepared slides or blank ones that you can prepare yourself.

This is a great microscope for a child curious about science.

my first lab duo-scope microscope
my first lab duo-scope microscope

My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope

Discover The Wonderful World Of Science

Looking for an inexpensive first microscope for your child?

This easy to use, light weight and portable my first lab duo-scope comes with instructions and a kit including 5 blank and 4 prepared kids microscope slides, lens paper, cover glass, a plastic dropper, 2 bottles of non-toxic stain, a test tube, a petri dish, forceps and a straight teasing needle to make your own slides.Â

It has 40x to 400x magnification and works with three AA batteries.

The Duo-Scope is really two microscopes in one as you can look at slides with the light shining up from underneath or observe objects with the light shining from top.

This first lab microscope is an awesome gift for any young child.

My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope - See How It Works

Amscope cordless student compound microscope
Amscope cordless student compound microscope

AmScope 40x-1000x All-Metal Student Cordless LED Field Biological Compound Microscope with All Optical Glass Lenses

This sturdy metal cordless student compound microscope provides clear sharp images with 5 magnification settings:


It can be used both indoors and in the field as it is powered by either 3 AAA batteries or a wall plug.

Would recommend you buy a box of prepared slides to use with this amscope microscope.

This is an excellent microscope for the budding young scientist.

AmScope Student Widefield Biological Compound Microscope
AmScope Student Widefield Biological Compound Microscope

AmScope Student Widefield Biological Compound Microscope

Perfect for School Projects and Family Use

This powerful microscope with 4 magnification settings of 40x, 100x 400x and 1000x enables you to closely observe algae, bugs, blood cells and much more.

It is a sturdy, heavy good quality microscope with great easy to install optic lenses.

The monocular head can rotate through 360 degrees and is inclined at 45 degrees for easier viewing.

It comes with a 5 year warranty.

Excellent quality for a great price.

Microscope Slide Kits
Microscope Slide Kits

Microscope Slide Kits

Glass Slides with Storage Case

Looking for good quality prepared microscope slide sets of plant and insect parts and animal tissue?

The AmScope 25 piece Assorted Specimen Collection of Prepared Microscope Slides will not disappoint you.

Each slide is labeled and they come in a storage box.

Great viewing for curious young children interested in nature.

Life Under A Microscope - What Are Your Observations?

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      Emilee46 4 years ago

      remebered when i was a student

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      Cara 4 years ago

      Both of my boys spent hours collecting "things" to look at under the Microscope. Great fun for them.