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.
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.