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Looking at objects under a microscope gives kids a whole new perspective on everyday objects in their world.
They may discover that something they thought was smooth is actually covered in little scratches. Or they may discover that something they thought was round actually has angles and straight edges.
Wondering how to get the most out of a microscope? Read on for a list of 30 awesome things kids can look at with a microscope that will give them a whole new understanding and appreciation of the world they live in.
Note: Find more kid-friendly science activities on my Science Activities for Kids page!
The MicroBrite pocket microscope is a battery operated microscope you can hold in the palm of your hand. It uses an LED light and features 20X to 40X zoom. We have found it super convenient and very easy to use.
Unlike our traditional microscope, this microscope does not require objects to be put on a slide to view them (although using slides is still an option). This allowed us to view thick and opaque objects that would not be possible to look at under a regular microscope. The small size and cordless design makes the MicroBrite pocket microscope ideal for viewing objects around the home, classroom, or back yard.
I am grateful to Montessori Services for allowing me to use and review this nifty little microscope. I have purchased a number of items from Montessori Services in the past and I have always been very happy with the quality of their materials. They feature a wonderful array of learning materials that complement any early childhood curriculum, Montessori or not.
Parents implementing Montessori principles at home will also find wonderful resources through Montessori Services or their partner site, For Small Hands, which specializes in child-size tools and materials for families.
Microscope exploration activity
When our microscope arrived, I set up a microscope exploration activity to pique my kids’ interest and engage them in using this new tool.
I set out several different objects on small trays for my kids to view with the microscope.
As soon as my kids walked in and saw the table with the microscope and trays, they wanted to dive in and take a look.
I showed them how to adjust the dials on the microscope to bring objects into focus.
They had a fabulous time exploring the different objects and describing to me what they saw.
Want to try this with your kids?
Here is a list of 30 awesome things kids can look at with a microscope, although what you see will depend on the magnification of your microscope.
- Flower petal
- Blade of grass
- Tree bark
- Strand of hair
- Colored image from a magazine or newspaper
- Onion skin
- Ear wax
- Teeth plaque
- Cheek cells
- Wings from an insect (look on your windshield for dead bugs whose wings you can collect)
- Spider web (use a microscope slide to collect the web)
- Flower pollen
- Mushroom spores
- Fabric (try different kinds such as denim, wool, polyester, etc.)
- Pond water
More science activities for kids
More science posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Dancing raisins
- Candy experiments
- Jumping colors science activity
- Make your own glycerin soap
- Crystallized snowflakes
- Dissecting an apple
- What do ants like to eat?
- Make your own telescope
- The great baking soda and vinegar experiment
- Magic inflating balloons