A special thanks to Educational Insights for providing the Miss Frugal Mommy blog with a product for free in exchange for an honest review!
About Educational Insights
“Based in Southern California, Educational Insights, is the manufacturer of playful products with serious educational value, including subject-specific classroom products, teacher resources, educational toys, and games. Our products are designed by seasoned educators and parents who know that, first and foremost, learning must be fun.”
“Zoom in on the fun with the Nancy B Microscope! From peacock feathers and goldfish scales to your own skin and cheek cells, get up close and personal with this 2-in-1 light and dissecting microscope. The included keepsake journal features 22 pages of fun science experiments for kids and activities from observation to creative writing, drawing, and more.”
My husband and I had just recently been discussing whether we should purchase our daughter a microscope in order to keep her learning for the summer. I was so excited when Educational Insights informed me that they would be sending us a microscope (geared towards girls her age) and I could not wait to see what my daughter thought of it. She spent the rest of the week collecting things from the yard while patiently waiting for the microscope to arrive in the mail. She would get off from the bus every single day and the first words out of her mouth were “Is my microscope in yet?” It’s always wonderful when you’re children are excited about an educational toy! The Nancy B’s Microscope was finally there to greet her Friday afternoon and we spent the rest of the evening testing it out.
It only took a few minutes to teach my daughter how to use the microscope and the handles are simple enough for her to remember. Before I knew it she was swapping out slides and adjusting the view all on her own. The Nancy B microscope conveniently includes slides that already contain items for your child to view. My daughter’s reaction to seeing the goldfish scale under the microscope for the first time was simply priceless. Her excitment upon placing another slide in the microscope and bringing it into focus was such a delight to observe.
This kit also includes a stack of slides for you to place your own specimens under. We were unfortunately stuck inside on a rainy day and unable to retrieve anything from the yard. However, my daughter had the genius idea of using one of the leaves from my house plant to observe under the microscope. There are plastic tools that allow her to cut the leaf into a small section, tweezers to place it on the slide and clear tape to secure it in place. Her reaction once seeing it under the microscope was even more adorable, as there was a hint of pride from the fact that she had created this slide all on her own.
Our overall impressions are very positive and my daughter is completely infatuated with this microscope. She has been going through the Activity Journal trying to absorb every little detail and create new slides for the microscope. The journal is overflowing with information and ideas, plenty of information to keep her busy for quite some time. An educational toy that both excites and educates my child is at the top of my list. I highly recommend the Nancy B’s Microscope for your daughter this summer, I just know she is going to love it as much as mine did! If you’re planning to buy a microscope for your child or yourself (because curiosity and science don’t have an age limit), here’s a student stereo microscope for your needs. There are different types of microscopes, which are used for a variety of purposes. You don’t need to get the same microscope that scientists use in laboratories if your purpose is to use the tool for simple home experiments.
The Summer Science Scholarship – for ages 8 to 17 – is now open for entry by May 1st, 2014 on the Nancy B’s Science Club website. The winner will receive $500 plus five science tools to help make their science dreams come true.