There’s no doubt about it, Science is one of my favorite subjects in our Homeschooling! There’s just something exciting about teaching my children how things work and encouraging them to examine the wonders of nature around us. Lately my son age 3 1/2 and my 5 year old daughter are learning that they can see a lot with naked eye but that there’s nothing quite like having an ever closer look! I firmly believe that every budding scientist needs a few tools of the trade to deepen their interest. So when I had discovered Learning Resources released a kid-friendly ViewScope during their 2014 product line, I was thrilled to add it to our science tools collection!
The Learning Resources Primary Science ViewScope is quite child friendly and very appealing in colors of green, blue, and yellow perfect for boys or girls. If you are wanting a my first magnifying scope, this is a good pick for children around 3-5 years old, in my opinion. The scope offers 20x magnification and generous sized knob to zoom in and out. If you turn the knob farther than it is made to go, it emits a clicking sound and though you keep turning it doesn’t break the viewer!
The clear specimen container that comes with the scope has a lid and on the bottom of the container are three little air holes. There is also an indented circle on the middle of the container so you can line things up with the view scope to see. This container is great and allows for ideal viewing all sorts of things, even bugs thanks to the air holes!
A neat feature that both my kids liked is that the viewer is completely detachable from the base. This allows so many possibilities when exploring outside! If the scope is attached to the base, you simple squeeze both sides on locking device and it comes off with no trouble and you can reattach is just as easily. Both my children have taken the detached viewer outside and got up close visuals of leaves, grass, flowers, seeds, and much more. Also note that it works best magnifying outside things that are free from moving this way and that to get a clear visual. When viewing anything, you’ll need to make sure you are in a very well lit area to get the most out of the viewing experience.
I am pleased to say with much handling of my son that it has held up well with much use. It’s quite sturdy and durable and that’s a big win for me! My children both like using the Learning Resources Primary Science ViewScope quite a bit. We plan on taking the scope along with us on our vacation to the beach and our hikes in the woods to see what we can see besides our nearly everyday use!
Overall this a fantastic starter ViewScope. It’s learning possibilities ensure a well of curiosity satisfied. A deeper study of the world around them may even prompt a future in the career of science, nature, or to become an explorer. Sometimes it’s the little steps in the right direction that have an even deeper impact than we can currently see.
Want it? The Learning Resources Primary Science Viewscope can be purchased on the Learning Resources website for $19.99 and you can also find this and other Learning Resources products on Amazon.com as well.
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