GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope Toy Review

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GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope Toy Review
The GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope is geared for children 5-8 and is a nice starter microscope set. My son is four years old (and even my two year old!) loved pulling out this microscope and checking out the slides. What I do love about this product is that it is little-kid friendly, meaning that it is a sturdy item which will not break if your kids mishandle it a little bit!
My kids are young, and although they try to handle things carefully accidents happen – especially with little hands! This is not a microscope that you have to be concerned about breaking – and neither are the slides.
stack of plastic slidesstack of plastic slides
It comes with 12 slides which are mostly bugs. It also has a little box as you see above that holds the slides which is very nice! My kids definitely have a huge tendency to lose things so I can at least tell them all of the slides need to go back in the box!! It helped us stay a little more organized!
boy looking into toy microscope
This is a talking microscope, which means that it can help your child learn through interaction. You child can pick one of the 12 slides, and place it in the microscope which is very simple to do. The slides are made of sturdy plastic so don’t worry about your kids dropping them and breaking them.

What Slides are Included in the GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope:

Black Widow Spider
Flea
Honey Bee
Daddy Longlegs
Blue Bottle House Fly
Scorpion
Golden Eyed Lacewing
Jumping Spider
Harvester Ant
Mosquito
Ground Beetle
Brine Shrimp
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I thought the slides were very interesting as they are more like an image than an actual bug. It surprisingly makes it much easier for the kids to see the animals and recognize different parts of it! In fact I keep staring at the slides thinking some of them are the actual animals! Above you see a Flea.
You can also see the arrow on the slide showing small notches for the kids to push the slides down onto the microscope platform. They can do this so the slide doesn’t move around as they are viewing it.
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My favorite slide? The brine shrimp (AKA – Sea Monkey!). My son immediately recognized it from our sea monkey batch! You’ll notice on the slide above that there is a code in the top left corner “CBA”. When you place the slide on the microscope, and turn it on, you can choose the “Facts” or “Quiz” options.
It will then ask you to put in your code – which in this case is “CBA”. The microscope then tells you facts or quizzes you about the specific animal that you are looking at under the microscope! It’s sort of like a talking encyclopedia!
two boys looking in toy microscope
My kids loved it. I think this is a great sturdy and interactive beginner microscope! The downside? There are only 12 slides, and they are all animals (no plants, materials, etc.). You can, however, put anything you like on the microscope to see what it looks like – but there are no blank slides to do so. You just have to put it on the microscope platform.
So I recommend this as a good sturdy beginner’s microscope. Your kids won’t break it, and the interactive facts and quizzes will certainly peak your children’s interest into science and exploration! I have no problem leaving this GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope on a shelf where my kids can reach it without asking me to use it.
I love that I can leave it in their reach and they can grab it whenever they want – I’m not worried about it breaking so leaving them the opportunity of using this at their convenience certainly opens up a new exploration for my boys.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I received a product to review. All opinions are my own.
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