Monday, October 6, 2014

Early Scientific Exploration Made Fun with GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope {A Review}

We had the wonderful opportunity of reviewing another product from Educational Insights. We absolutely love the awesome products from Educational Insights as they combine fun with learning. For the science-minded child, you know, the ones that are curious about everything and want to explore their world, they now have a preschooler-friendly microscope.  I would love to introduce you to the award-winning GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope, designed to be used by children ages 3 and up.

Their goal is to get little ones "excited about science" while introducing "them to the miracles of magnification." A child can "magnify any small object - flat or dimensional - at 8x with this real, working microscope designed especially for little kids!"

The microscope comes with an instruction manual, though it is so easy to use, I found I didn't even need to use it. A child can choose an object that they would like to look at more closely and place it on the tray. There are two child-sized knobs on either side of the microscope allow the child to raise or lower the microscope to bring the object into perfect view.  The viewer itself has two eyepieces, similar to a pair of binoculars, so a little child doesn't need to worry about focusing with one eye as they would need to do with a grown-up microscope. The eye pieces are soft and large enough that a child can see with no problem. There is even a working light (which does require 3- AAA batteries) which is turned on with a simple push of a button.

The children have had a blast finding objects to magnify. We have gone outside and found leaves and other objects, plus we were able to use it a couple of weeks ago to get a closer look at the shells we were observing during our "Beach" unit. 

After examining the shells for a while, the children then drew them in their science notebooks.

The GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope is a wonderful way for children to get a close up look at their world. The knobs are easy to turn, though a child may have to figure out which way they should be turning them.

Skills learned:
  • Encourages scientific exploration
  • Teaches child to use a simple microscope
  • Rewards curiosity
Obviously this isn't a professional microscope where you are going to get tons of magnification. However, there is enough magnification for a young child to be able to notice details they can not see while looking at an object with the naked eye.

We always love the unique products from Educational Insights. The My First Microscope has been getting lots of use, as it will continue to be, as these children love to check out God's creation.

You can purchase the GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope for $21.99 from Educational Insights.

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Disclosure: I received the GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope from Educational Insights in exchange for my honest review. I received no further compensation. This did not in any way influence my review. I only recommend products I use personally and feel will be a good products for my readers.


  1. I would love to get one of these for my granddaughter. This will be an excellent resource for my daughter when she begins homeschooling her daughter. My daughter will be a second generation homeschooler. Isn't that neat!

  2. I love this! Great that the pieces are soft and no glass pieces to worry about. My sons are 5 and 7 and would love this!

  3. That's a great idea to take the kids outside on a scouting mission to find things they can magnify -- that would be fun.

  4. I don't know why I have such a mental block against teaching science. It can be a really fun subject! Looks like a great product.

  5. I think my last comment didn't take, lol! I really like that this microscope has the ability for kids to find things in their environment to look at under the scope. It really engages their interest.

  6. I love the fact that this doesn't require slides to work.

  7. Such a great learning toy for the little ones, this would be nice to have for my grandson to learn all about using a microscope.

  8. I like that this is so easy to use and encourages children to explore the world around them.

  9. I really love this, the kids would have so much fun learning with it, thanks for the review.

  10. I was a science teacher for several years. It's so exciting to see the world through kids' eyes!

  11. I love teaching science during our homeschool day. What a cool microscope for the youngers!

  12. This does not only seems great for a toddler but a special needs child as well. I have a son with Down's and this wont cut him or harm him but will allow him to explore and see the bugs he so loves in a whole new way!

  13. this looks so solid. did you find it to be durable?

  14. Yes, I think it is quite durable. And my children haven't managed to break it yet, and that is saying something.

  15. My son is all into science has been for the almost 2 years sounds crazy for a 6 year old but he has add but is smarter than most adults! He puts his energy into learning everything about what ever he is into and this would be perfect for him he loves to grab his Pop magnifying glass and examine everything especially Bugs and the objects he finds the on! I love how its made for young explorers!

  16. This microscope looks great for little kids hands! Sturdy & durable!


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