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Talking Microscope

Talking Microscope is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 58.
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This talking microscope introduces children to the exciting world of insects through an ingenious scientific toy. It starts with 12 interactive slides, each highlighting a specific insect like the black widow spider, mosquito, flea or honey bee. Through the 5x microscope lens with light, kids get an ...read more

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This talking microscope introduces children to the exciting world of insects through an ingenious scientific toy. It starts with 12 interactive slides, each highlighting a specific insect like the black widow spider, mosquito, flea or honey bee. Through the 5x microscope lens with light, kids get an up-close view of the bug as they listen to cool facts or test their knowledge of the critter in a fun quiz game format. Uses three C batteries (not included).

Age Recommendation: Ages 5 to 8

Item Number:

48023

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD

Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from not that fun This microscope is a quality item in terms of manufacturing and reliability, but unfortunately, I don't think it's really that enjoyable to use. Its design limits it from being anything more than a cheesy little "game" kids can play using a set of insect and spider slides. Because of its design, you can't create your own slides and use them in the microscope, which is silly. The special slides used in this toy are cool images of bugs and spiders, but they have little notches on them that you have to push as you insert them until you hear them click into place -- then you have to enter a code, and then the microscope knows which slide your child is looking at so it spouts out a bunch of facts about that insect. There is a question and answer function that works like a quiz. It's a nice idea in theory, but in practice, I do not feel like it promotes scientific curiosity the way that a real microscope would. I feel like reading your child a book about insects with cool photos of them or going out and observing live insects in nature would teach them just as much as this machine does, and it would be a lot cheaper and a lot more fun. We plan to buy our girl a real microscope and a set of slides, but also blank slides so she can create her own. We feel like an actual functioning microscope that does not speak aloud (saying the same things over and over) will do much more to pique her curiosity about the world around her.
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The "talking" feature was a big hit. My grandchildren, age 5 and 7, love this microscope. It will prepare them for "the real thing" in a couple of years.
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from He loves it! My 5 1/2 year old loves this microscope. He is so excited learning about insects. It held his attention for longer than most of his Christmas gifts. It needs more slides though. Plant slides would be great.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from REALLY REALLY NEAT TOY This is a really neat toy. The facts are informative, yet simple. The questions are child friendly. The little creatures are real! I feel that this microscope is an excellent education device and really sparks an interest in learning. With that being said, there are a few things I would like to see changed: 1) All the answers to the questions should be reviewed during the facts. They are not. Therefore, questions are asked that my 5 year old has no idea about. 2) It needs to be louder. It is very hard to hear among the normal noise of a child filled household. 3) The dial to ask questions or give facts needs to be located somewhere else. The slides get knocked out of place where the dial is now, and then you have to re enter the code and start over.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love it. I'm learning along with my kids
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Purchased this for my 6 year old nephew and he seemed to like it.
Date published: 2014-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She loves her new Microscope.
Date published: 2014-01-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It didn't work at all despite fiddling with it by three different adults. Very tearful and disappointed 6 year old granddaughter.
Date published: 2014-01-16
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