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Jr. Science Explorer Microscope Set

Jr. Science Explorer Microscope Set

Fall 2011 Toys
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Manufacturer: WowToyz
Price: $14.95

The Jr. Science Explorer Microscope Set comes with a microscope and the materials you need to make specimen slides. It also comes with a slide already made that contains a moth wing. The microscope is made from a light plastic, so it is easily manipulated by kids. Parents worried that the microscope might not last very long, but the fact that it is only $14.99 makes this a good buy and a great first microscope. The lens has three levels of magnification and does a pretty good job of magnifying objects. The manual is very helpful but some words are a little difficult for kids (i.e. a "tincture" of iodine). Overall, we found the microscope to work well, but the mirror used to catch light sometimes moved and made it difficult to see the item. Holding it in place helped. We also found that the plastic covers for keeping the item to be examined on the slide did not work well but we used to slides on top of each other, and that worked well. This is a good first microscope and is very affordable, so it would be good for a young child who is interested in science.

Karena Rush, Ph. D.   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Karena Rush is a professor in the Psychology Department at Millersville University. Karena has two young daughters and spends most of her free time outdoors with her family and old English sheepdog.

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