April 18, 2014

Nancy B's Microscope and Activity Journal Review and Giveaway

Disclosure - I received a product to review from the below company or their PR Agency.

It's Spring Break, and my 2nd grader has been home all week.  She likes school and she likes staying involved, so we've spent time finding school related activities for her to do.  

Her favorites were staying up late to watch the lunar eclipse,

and trying out the new Nancy B Microscope.

The microscope comes complete with a microscope, an activity journal, 4 premade slides, blank slides to do your own research, and all of the tools you see here.

To use, you put the microscope on the lowest zoom setting, and insert the slide.  Then you slowly raise the slide base until the image is centered and focused.  Then you can adjust the magnification and adjust again.  You can also to choose whether you want a top light, or a bottom light.  Changing the light direction does change how the image looks.

Kiki had never looked in a telescope before, so she was completely amazed that just by adjusting the focus, you could see a peacock feather.

To Buy - If you have a budding scientist, or are looking to supplement school work at home, the Nancy B Microscope is perfect.  It retails for $39.99 and is available on the educational insights website.

The only cons with the microscope is there are only 4 premade slides, so children will need to create their own for continued exploration.  I also wish there was some type of container to organize the slides. It also takes AAA Batteries.

On another note, Nancy B's Science Club has an amazing contest going on right now.  They have a Summer Science Scholarship – for ages 8 to 17 - 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.  So if you have a little girl that loves science, you'll definitely want to check that out in the next two weeks.


  1. We are working in the kids toy room next here, been doing a lot of painting

  2. Certainly the kitchen..........love to have it updated.

  3. Our entire home is on our renovation list!! We recently bought a fixer-upper. So far, original 70s shag carpet has been ripped out. The bedrooms and living room have bamboo flooring installed and have been repainted, the roof has been replaced. Next on the list: finish flooring in rest of house. After that: scrape the popcorn ceilings, new windows, and do something with the ugly avocado green kitchen appliances.

  4. Our kitchen is in need of remodeling

  5. My boys would like the Diggity Dog game
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  6. Hot Dots® Jr. Let's Master Kindergarten Reading

    It would be helpful at myhouse, and looks like fun!

  7. I really thing the GeoSafari® Talking Globe would be so neat for learning.

  8. I love the Classroom Café Dining Play Set.

  9. Gears! Gears! Gears! Lights & Action Building Set.

  10. I just popped by from Google+. My children would really get a kick out of this. They are into Science as well especially my middle daughter. I could already see the cons you mentioned. I'm going to look into getting something like this (or this!) for my girls and something else Sciency. Great for summer! Thanks.