I can say I know a lot about microscope and how to use one because we had intensive lab hours when I was studying. We started studying plant cells to human cells to body fluids and different kinds of parasites and microorganisms. There were A LOT!
I want to introduce my daughters, my 6 year old specifically at this time, to the amazing things she can see under the microscope. I want her to learn how a small dot to the naked eye can be an insect or something else under the microscope.
The microscope itself is made of plastic and operates on 3xAAA batteries. This is a simple microscope and my 6 year old daughter learned how to focus the lens up to the 100x magnification. There are also 4 prepared slides with several specimens included which is nice.
This microscope is great for young kids because it works. It's very simple and easy to use and perfect for beginner scientist. The recommended age of the Nancy B's Microscope is for children ages 8 and up but my 6 year old daughter used it with no problem. :)
This microscope has 3 magnifications, 30x, 100x and 400x and has 2 light-settings. One light setting shines on top of the specimen, giving a top view of the specimen and the other light setting shines below the specimen (under the stage) to give a view of the specimen's structure.
I love the extra slides, cover slips and labels although the cover slips are just clear stickers, they actually work for this microscope. I helped my daughter get an aphid (a very tiny insect, looks like a dot) in our bell pepper leaves and we viewed this under the microscope. I showed her the top view of the insect and the view from below. She was creeped out at how that small, dot-like insect looked like under the microscope. LOL.
I love how the Nancy B's Science Club Microscope. It is far from a real microscope but this is great for a starter microscope specially younger children. I wouldn't have to worry about my daughter destroying expensive microscope lenses. The magnification works nice and I just wish there were more slides and cover slips available because my daughter wanted to view lots of different things. :)
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