A Review of the GeoSafari My First Microscope!
When we got the chance to review a microscope I honestly think I was more excited than b! The GeoSafari® Jr. My First Microscope is pitched as the ideal microscope for toddlers. And it probably is!
The last couple of months have been all about science for the little man. We recently joined mini professors and he is absolutely loving it. I am too! I was never really in to science at school but I’m really enjoying learning something while out and about with the little dude. We’ve also had fun exploring science at home. Check out our ice science fun here and also our forest sensory here!
Discovering the world around us
Today on me and b, we put the GeoSafari® Jr. My First Microscope to the test and give you the ins and outs of our observations!
First up, let’s start with what we love about this microscope.
Easy to set up
- There is pretty much no “setting up”. You just need to pop in the batteries and switch it on. Oh and collect some cool stuff to look at! We started with a shell, some sand, a fossil and a police car. Why not ey.
- A perfect “out-and -about” toy as there is literally one piece with no parts that can come lose and get lost in the car!
- The chunky design is ideal for pre-schoolers and the limited amount of buttons makes it easy for them to get to grips with.
- It is made of plastic but it feels pretty light. You don’t need to worry about your child breaking this as there isn’t a lot to break!
- The microscope features two eye pieces. I found this a bit odd as I naturally close one eye. It’s simple for toddlers to use though.
- There is one knob which turns to focus.
- An LED light helps give more detail and authenticity.
Easy to clean
- The viewing platform is easy to clean so if you want to pop some sand or mud directly on to it, you can do so and wipe off after.
- There is no need for using slides. Simply place an object on the viewing platform. Things like shells, leaves, sticks, bugs and toys work really well. We also found our fingers were fun to look at!
Perfect for pre-schoolers
This is a basic microscope which is easy to use and perfect for inquisitive pre-schoolers who want to learn more about the world around them through STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) play.
OK and now for a few Negatives
To be honest there aren’t many at all but as with any review me and b do, we like to give our audience an honest overview of our thoughts.
- The magnifying glass claims to provide 8x magnification. I guess it does but I don’t really feel like it does. The hubby commented on this too.
- It reequires 3 AAA batteries which aren’t included. This isn’t really a “con” per se but just make sure you have them in the house or you’ll be in trouble!
- The plastic is quite light and b kept lifting the whole magnifying glass up to look through the eye pieces. Like a pair of binoculars. I guess it will take a few goes for me to explain that he can leave it on the table and just look through.
- I think b is just a tiny bit too young still. The microscope says suitable from three years and b is three but I can really see this being used and appreciated in a few months, perhaps when he’s started school.
For pre-school level STEM play, this microscope meets all basic requirements. It’s certainly got b interested in taking a closer look at materials and objects around him. Does your child enjoy STEM play? Do you try any “home” science experiments at all?
Disclaimer: We were provided this microscope for the purpose of this review.