Kids are curious. They speak their mind. They want an explanation for everything. Kids always ask why. As such, their curiosity must be satisfied. If you are a parent and you notice that your kid has displayed a keen interest on medicine, buy him toys about the different systems and organs of the body. If your nephew, for instance, is a bit curious about astronomy, buy him a solar system toy. This is a cheap yet great way of getting him/her started in following the footsteps of Nicolaus Copernicus.
If you noticed that your kid has shown interest on the micro-world – perhaps you observed that he constantly plays with his magnifying lenses – then get him one of those educational microscopes. Don’t go for toys – get a real microscope, but at a lesser price.
There are many educational microscopes out in the market. They are especially designed for children – to satisfy their curiosity about the things that they cannot see using their naked eyes. By telling them that they can see what a drop of blood really looks like through these educational microscopes, perhaps, they would never be frightened anymore the next time that they go to the lab and have a blood extraction. Do tell them however, that educational microscopes cannot let them see ghosts. In this context, ghosts do not fall under the category: “invisible to the naked eye.”
But with the many versions and types of educational microscopes out there, how do you know which one to choose? How do you know which one to buy? Do you even know what an educational microscope looks like?
Well, you don’t need to have a Masters Degree or a PHD to know what an educational microscope looks like. You simply have to ask the right questions. Surely, stores that specialize on microscopes know the difference between veterinary microscopes and educational microscopes.
The store attendants may present to you different models, such as The Travel Lab, the MicroQuest, The Explorer II and The Observer III. That’s a lot to choose from. But the secret to getting the educational microscope perfect for your kid’s needs is in matching his/her preference and your budget.
If your kid is aged 10-12, for instance, he may find The Observer II appealing because he can make a lot of adjustments with that model. But if he is younger than 10 year old, and is just starting to exhibit his interest in Science, then you can get the Travel Lab or the MicroQuest for a start. These are the best in starter scopes and they even come with microscopy accessories such as specimen containers and blank slides. Plus, this type of educational microscope would not cost you much.