Which is why I couldn't have been more excited and impressed to be introduced to the large selection of high quality products that are perfect for home or school for children of all ages available from Educational Insights.
Based in Southern California, Educational Insights manufactures playful products with serious educational value, including subject-specific classroom products, teacher resources, educational toys, and games. As their products are designed by seasoned educators and parents who know that, first and foremost, learning must be fun, you know that you're only getting the best of the best!
Which is just what we found when we were able to try out Nancy B's Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal for ourselves.
Designed for ages 8 and up, Nancy B's Microscope is the perfect product to help encourage and/or maintain a girl's interest in science throughout the year. This 2-in-1 light and dissecting microscope is plenty durable to withstand being handled by children, yet functions and performs like a true piece of scientific equipment.
Both of my girls' eyes lit up as soon as they saw "that cool science thing!" so it wasn't long before we had this great microscope and keepsake journal out of the box.
Immediately we noticed that the small size and lightweight feel of this microscope makes it even easier to transport (or travel with), and that just about everything we needed to get started was included right in the packaging.
While I installed three AAA batteries (not included), the girls excitedly examined many of the tools that come with this Nancy B product. Tweezers, scalpel, stirring rod, specimen vials, slides... they couldn't wait to get started!
I love that Educational Insights made this microscope complex enough that users are truly able to observe, experiment and learn with it, yet the controls are uncomplicated and easy to use.
Once turned on, it only takes a matter of seconds to switch the objective lenses from seeing samples 30x to 100x to 400x larger than they would appear to the naked eye! Then, by peering into the eyepiece and adjusting the focusing knob, you're on your way to exploring and magnifying with ease.
At the same time, the activity journal includes a great introduction to using the microscope as well as 22 pages of fun science experiments and activities for kids!
Big Sister E, like most kids, loves being able to use items or follow directions that seem "grown up," so she has been engrossed with looking at all of the different ideas. What child wouldn't think it was extremely cool to observe the cells of an onion, dissect drops of liquid or discover microorganisms in the water from a nearby pond, stream or lake?
Unsurprisingly, both of my daughters have been enthralled with all that they can discover and observe with Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope and hardly a day has passed that they haven't been on the hunt for different things to place on their blank slides.
From skin cells to dirt and hair to leaves, grass and feathers, they've been hypothesizing, discussing and learning all on their own!
Whether using this microscope to introduce more science and microbiology into your household or to encourage a child who already has a love for it, Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope is a great tool to have around. I can already picture my kids packing this with them for a future beach vacation or to bring to Grandma's house to begin exploring entirely new worlds!
Plus, while this microscope is smaller in stature and made from mainly plastic, this is the perfect way to find out if one of my kids has a hidden passion for science. If it turns out that Educational Insights has opened up a new adoration and truly wants to pursue it further, then we can always look at larger, heavier duty products for future years.
For now, however, Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal retails for only $39.99 and has already proven why it is an award-winning piece of equipment that is perfect for kids!
Speaking of which, Nancy B's does more than simply encourage the love of science with high quality products, they are also currently hosting a Summer Science Scholarship to make even more science dreams come true!
That's right, from now until May 1st, 2014, children ages 8 to 17 can enter to win $500 plus five science tools — what a fantastic way to appreciate science even more!
Find out much more about all of the amazing brands and engaging products that Educational Insights has to offer by visiting them at EducationalInsights.com and connecting with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. You'll also want to sign up for Education Insights' newsletter for special offers, promotions and more!
And, thanks to their generosity, one person will soon be able to see the wonder, curiosity and love of science grow on their child's face as well, because...
One lucky person will win a Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal from Educational Insights!
A big thank you to Educational Insights for providing a Nancy B's Microscope for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.