Kids’ Corner: Best microscopes for kids

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A microscope is educational and fun, making it one of the greatest gifts you can ever purchase for your kid. By buying your kid a microscope at an early age, you are most likely to kindle the love for science within them, enabling them to search for answers about the world independently. 

Before purchasing a microscope for them, your must consider particular factors such as the cost of the microscope, its use and the child’s age. 

Other factors to consider are resolution, focus tuning, adjustability, and build quality. A good microscope is a lightweight material; furthermore, it provides details, high quality and transparent image, and is easy to adjust.

For kids, there are only two types of microscopes – compound and stereo. However, experts have discovered that compound microscopes are suitable for viewing fine details, microscopic things such as blood cells, cells, parasites, bacteria, algae, tissue, and thin sections of organs. On the other hand, stereo is more fitted for various things visible to the naked eyes like coins, flowers, insects, plastic or metal parts, printed circuit boards, and fabric weaves.

Let us have a look at some of the best microscopes for kids.

1. Carson MicroBrite Plus LED Lighted Pocket Microscope

This microscope is designed for children of all ages, meaning it is simple to use and lightweight. Carson MicroBrite Plus LED Lighted Pocket Microscope is produced for outdoor use, and it has a single LED illuminator that needs one AA battery. Through an LED illuminator, your kid can view both surfaces and 3D objects. Besides, its magnification level ranges between 60x and 120.

2. Omano JuniorScope

The JuniorScope is one of the most cherished kids’ microscopes designed with three magnification levels, 40x, 100x, and 400x. It offers a fun experience, clear images, and a quality design. It also has a starter kit with experiments, stains, slides, and top and bottom LED lightings for tangible objects and slides.

3.  AmScope M30 Kids

If you are looking for a microscope for beginners, AmScope M30 is a perfect choice. Being an outstanding STEM learning tool, it is appropriate for kids aged 8 to 12 years. It offers different magnification settings 120x, 240x, 300x, 480x, 600x and 1200x. AmScope M30’s body is made of metal and has a rotating turret to facilitate easy viewing. It also comes with tweezers, eye droppers, petri dish, scalpel, shrimp experiment kit, blank plastic, and covers for easy learning.

Furthermore, it uses both a battery-operated LED light illuminator and a mirror. AmScope M30 features a single LED bulb with a spare one available. The main advantage of this microscope is that it comes with 49 accessories plus a hard plastic case for storage.

4. Meiji Techno MT-14 Binocular LED Compound Student Microscope

Meiji Techno MT-14 offers LED variable intensity illumination. It is endowed with a rechargeable battery, making it suitable for outdoor use since it is portable. Also, it has semi plan objectives such as 4x, 10x, S40x, and S100x.

5. Duo-Scope Microscope – MFL-06 

The microscope is suitable for kids aged nine and above, middle-schoolers as well as high school students. Duo-Scope is more versatile than most microscopes for kids, thanks to its dual illumination feature. One LED light source is used to view slides, whereas the other is for 3D objects like insects. Unlike AmScope M30 Kids, Duo-Scope has no mirror, and its LED light needs three AA batteries to operate well, which are not part of the microscope. It also has glass lenses, which provide 40X, 100Xd, and 400 X magnifications. Duo-Scope can be used both indoor and outdoor because they are lightweight and portable. It also comes with 50 applications.

6. National Geographic Ultimate Dual Microscope

National Geographic Ultimate Dual is a compound, and stereo microscope with the lower LED illuminator used to view slide samples and an upper light to check the 3D objects. It is high-quality optical glass eyepieces of 20X and 50 X magnifications made of glass. In addition, it comes with more than 50 assorted accessories such as ten prepared slides, ten blank slides, ten slide covers, covers, tweezers, an eyedropper, a petri dish, a hatchery, and a learning guide booklet, among others.

7.  GeoSafari Micropro

GeoSafari Micropro is an upright compound microscope used for educational insights for kids aged between 8 and 12. It is the perfect option for parents operating under a tight budget. It has both LED light and mirror with LED light requiring two AA batteries, not included with a microscope. The microscope has five magnification options including 50x, 100x, 150x 300x and 600x. Its body is made of die-cast metal for the stability of the frame. It comes with many accessories such as eight blank slides, eight slide labels, 16 slide covers, three specimen vials, a petri dish, pipette, test tube with cape, scalpel, and spatula, stirring rod, tweezers, and three prepared slides.

8. Dino Light Am 2111 0.3MP Digital Microscope

This digital microscope has three magnification settings 10x, 50x, and 230x with 4 LED Light sources. It is plugged into a computer to allow kids to check images on the computer screen, capture and share pictures with their family members and friends.

 If you are looking for a gift for your kid, a microscope is an excellent choice. Apart from being fun and educational, it is intriguing, robust, and simple to use. Introduce microscopes to your kids and broaden their intelligence and scientific knowledge.

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