Learning Resources has long been a company that I have been drawn too I love their range of colourful educational toys and materials and they have featured on our buy list since Monkey was about 6 months old. So when we were given the opportunity to try out an item for their new Primary Science range I jumped at the chance. The range has been specifically designed to make a number of science tools available safely for small hands. The range includes various science products such as bug pots, magnifying glasses, colour mixing and measuring sets, telescopes, light projectors, the list is endless. The one thing they all have in common is they are bright, chunky and robust for little hands. Monkey definitely put the viewscope through its paces without any detrimental effect to it.

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The ViewScope comes with a clear plastic viewing container for smaller items or things that move (it has air holes for bugs). Although you don’t need to use it if you want to look at something a little bigger which will sit on the white disk. Designed for children ages 3-7 it retails at £18.00 and is fantastic value for money.

The eye piece is soft so ideal for little faces and I was surprised by how lightweight it was, meaning that its very easy for Monkey to handle. Its magnification is 20x and focus is adjusted easily by turning the knob on the side which Monkey can do himself. They have really thought about how it will be used by the viewer. Of course I then needed to think of things we could look at…

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Ideally natural products are better heres a list of some of the items we tried out:

  • Grass
  • Flower
  • Shreddies
  • Peacock Feather
  • Wooden Pebble
  • Small Branch
  • Pumice Stone
  • Small Pinecone
  • Shell
  • Mini Shells
  • Piece of Amethyst
  • Bark
  • Playfoam
  • 3 different types of material – felt, velvet and netting

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I just wish I could have taken a photo down the viewfinder as its been a long time since I have looked down a microscope and had forgotten how fascinating it can be.

Monkey was hooked straight away working his way through all the items I had laid out and then requesting more. I was genuinely surprised with the length of time it held his attention. At 3 1/2 he struggles with focus but not with this! Maybe we have a budding scientist on our hands we just didn’t realise.

And the best bit? It is possible to remove the viewer so that you can take it with you. I can see that we will be taking it every where we go to the park, beach, nature walks, there really is no end. Its very easy to detach the viewer, Monkey figured it out by himself. There are two buttons on the side which need to be pressed in and then it just lifts off (see photos at the end of the post).

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Everything in the garden came under scrutiny including the cat who seemed quite happy with the attention. When attached to the stand the ViewScope measures 20.5cm high and 15cm wide, the view finder piece measures 10cm x 8.5cm which means its easy to carry around. Not that Monkey would let me put it in my bag insisting on holding it in the back of the car all the way out.

Monkey will start school in September and with my impending maternity leave I hope to start little bit of preschool homeschooling (yes I must be mad with a newborn as well). I hadn’t really thought about focusing on science activities but with this new range from Learning Resources I can see it featuring significantly. His learning style definitely seems to be hands on so these products are perfect.

Things we love:

  • I like that there are no batteries as it uses natural light
  • Its well made and stands up to the sort of rough play 3-4 year olds love – the quality of Learning Resource toys and products really is second to none
  • Its easy to operate and Monkey can play with very little intervention from me if needed – although I think you would be missing out if you didn’t have the ongoing discussions (great for language development) about what was being viewed, the different textures and the continuous hunt for things to look at.
  • Its educational nature – of course!
  • If you loose the product guide you can download it off of the Learning Resources website
  • I would definitely recommend this as a first microscope for younger children and I am sure that any parent would be very grateful to receive this a gift for their child.

Thank you Learning Resources for helping us make our first steps into science activities I am sure we will be back to try some of your other brilliant looking products in the same range.

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Learning Resources very kindly sent us the Primary Science ViewScope for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own.

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30 Comments

  1. Oooh that looks lovely! Millie would love that, she is very into science (fc for another zoologist in the family – pushy mumma alert!!) Its so important to get the kids interested early!

  2. Wow this is great and something I think my daughter would enjoy! She’s currently learning about Space and yesterday how people lived in space so we spent a bit of time watching youtube videos last night on how people on the ISS wash their hair, hands and brush their teeth. She now wants to be ‘Astro Girl.I love this part of science. The how things work or are made up or how they look under scrutiny of a microscope. #BloggerKidsUK

  3. Oh that is a wonderful toy for both boys and girls alike – totally inspiring and opening their minds. wonderful post #bloggersClubUK

  4. What a fantastic introduction to the sciences…I love how far toys have come. Anything that can hold the attention of a Munchkin for any length of time is definitely worth its weight in gold! Your son looks truly enthralled! Thank you for sharing…I will definitely be checking them out. x #BloggerClubUK

  5. Wow, this looks amazing! I have never heard of the brand before but I’ll definitely be looking in to them now. I think my boy would love something like this and anything that encourages learning gets a big thumbs up from me xx #BloggerClubUK

  6. That looks like great product and a fab way to encourage inquisitive minds for early on. It looks very robust. My son would have loved this when he was younger. #BloggerClubUK

  7. fantastic idea. this would suit my kids down o the ground. Thanks for sharing. There is always something new to learn. thats why i love reading blogs 🙂

  8. Wow, that’s looks brilliant. Ah takes me back to the days in a microscope lab looking at sugar crystallisation in ice cream. My eldest has is interested in having a microscope and I bet my youngest would love to have a go too, this one looks really sturdy and simple to use. #BloggerClubUK

  9. Katie (Growing Up KaterTot) Reply

    This is great! I love that the viewer comes off for further exploration. My kiddo would love peeking at things all over the yard. Blogging is so much fun and beneficial for kids. It’s wonderful to discover quality learning toys such as this! #BloggerClubUK

  10. This looks amazing – what a great way to inspire a love of science! I love how robust it looks and that it requires no batteries! I will be checking this range out 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  11. Sara Handy Herbs Reply

    This looks a fantastic way to inspire children to love science! I love how robust it is and how it does not require batteries. I will be checking this range out 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  12. This is amazing – what a brilliant way of encouraging children to look more closely at the world around us. My eldest would love this and I love that the viewer detaches so it can be used when out and about. #BloggerClubUK

  13. Rambles, Rants, Writings Reply

    I have children aged 4, 8, and 10, and I think every one of them would love this product, what a fantastic idea. Great review, you certainly made it sound really interesting, but the fact it’s educational is even better. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts. #BloggerClubUK

  14. Unhinged Mummy (aka Janine Woods) Reply

    Ooh this looks great. I remember doing stuff like this at school and being fascinated by being able to see the finer details. I’m now going to think about getting Harry one of these.

    #bloggerclubuk

  15. That looks absolutely awesome – I will have to order some for school – I can see the kids loving them in the outside area!
    x Alice
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  16. rightroyalmother Reply

    I sort of wish I hadn’t read this as now I think I MUST get one! NG will love looking at things through this – and a massive bonus it doesn’t require batteries! #bloggerclubuk

  17. newmummyblogcom Reply

    I’d have loved this as a child! it sounds like a great product and such a versatile learning toy. #bloggerclubuk

  18. That looks brilliant, my son would love it, and actually, my 2 year old daughter is so curious I think she would love it too! x #BloggerClubUK

  19. Becky, Cuddle Fairy Reply

    What a great microscope – it looks so well made & sturdy. I love that it doesn’t need batteries & is easy to use. It’s wonderful Monkey was interested in it for such a long time. You found some really great things to look at under the microscope! #bloggerclubuk

  20. Double the Monkey Business Reply

    Firstly I thought, this would be great when the kids are older. Then I saw the age was from 3! This is definitely going on the boys birthday list. They have been carrying a small magnifying glass around with them for weeks, that they got from one of these rubbish magazines. They love it and it is on its last legs! Thanks so much for sharing and giving me a fab idea. #BloggerClubUK

  21. domesticgoddess Reply

    This looks really cool, my son would love this he is very into science and exploring things. I’ll be checking this out, thanks for sharing and hosting! #bloggerclubuk

  22. This looks like a wonderful product ❤️ I wasn’t into science at all as a child but feel so excited by it as an adult so anything that can help engage my son in science is a winner with me 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

  23. There is something truly fascinating about a microscope isn’t there? Love this one, perfect for budding scientists. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  24. Oh this looks absolutely brilliant – so well made too and much better for a present than a lot of disposable plastic. I love that you can take it out too, just imagining having it on the beach or in a garden on our travels.

  25. I’m a huge fan of the Learning Resources brand as a whole and use them both at home and in the classroom.
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

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