GeoSafari Tuff Scope Review Learning Toy

I had the opportunity to check out this GeoSafari Tuff Scope which I was really excited about. I liked the GeoSafari Talking Electron Microscope, but I was eager to see more of a traditional type microscope that my husband could also use in his classroom. I was also curious to see how it would hold up to my kids! the Tuff Scope is for ages 5+, and I know how rough kindergarteners can be!

One of the really cool features of this microscope is that you can actually detach the scope from the base and use it by itself! It was a really neat idea, but how well did it actually work? It DID work, although it’s tougher to use as a separate piece because you have to hold the scope perfectly still in the right location to study the objects very well. I had a difficult time holding still long enough. And you do have to make sure there is good lighting, but we were able to investigate our porch screen which was pretty cool!

The Tuff Scope zooms up to 400x of the original size of the object which is pretty impressive. It comes with reflective LED lighting to make it easier to view the slides. There is also a finished slide included (it’s plastic!) and two empty slides for you to create your own image. The slide included is a piece of cotton textile fiber. We also played a fun guessing game while we were making our own slides. We would tell my son what item we were going to put on the slide and ask him what his hypothesis was on what it would like. The easiest and fun thing we were able to check out was table salt! Do you know what shape table salt is under a microscope?

In the back end of the Tuff Scope is a small storage drawer which will hold all three slides included with the scope. This was a very nice feature to have!

The GeoSafari Tuff Scope by Educational Insights retails for $39.99 which I think is a very good price for this. Overall it is a really good product. We probably won’t be using it outside with the detachable scope, at least not till the kids are older, but it’s a neat option. The Tuff Scope is very sturdy and perfect for younger children. I loved not having to worry about glass slides or moveable lights. Although we were careful with our scope, it looks like it would endure quite a bit of abuse before being damaged! This would be a really great investment for an elementary classroom or homeschooling family.

This is also compatible with the GeoSafari Tuff Cam digital video camera. When used together you can actually project images onto a projector or computer screen. I haven’t been able to try this since I don’t have a Tuff Cam but it sounds like a neat idea!

Thanks to my friends over at Educational Insights one of my readers will win their own GeoSafari Tuff Scope!

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I received some rocks to play with! All opinions are 100% mine. Giveaway open to US only. Giveaway ends at 8 PM EST on July 5, 2011. Winner will be chosen by www.random.org and will have 48 hours to claim prize. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook.

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  1. iamjusttiff says:

    I like you both on facebook (Tiff Britt), and follow you with Google (iamjusttiff). I think that I would definitely use some rocks and minerals for our fourth grade science curriculum. I'd also love to show the smallest parts of an ecosystem for our 5th grade science curriculum.

  2. This does look great! We are starting homeschooling with our 5 year old this fall for kindergarten so it would get a LOT of usage 🙂

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  3. I'd use just about anything to make my own slides. Probably food, bugs, rocks, etc. Exploration is the most important thing in our curriculum!

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  4. This would be for both of my kids. We do a virtual homeschool and this would make a great addition to our curriculum.
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  5. We would make our own slides with flowers petals, sand, dirt, grass, hair etc.
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  34. BethElderton says:

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  38. If we won I'm sure my grandson would think of many things to look at with it. One of the first things would probably be a sample of the pond water in our back yard. He'd probably also try a bug or two as well as what all he could find in the kitchen cabinets. He's a very curious kid!

  39. I would love to use this in my classroom for an awesome addition to the science curriculum!

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  42. I would make slides of droplets of water from various sources, the pool, a puddle after the rain and maybe slides from sand from the beach.

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  53. I would actually give this to my daughter's teacher for use in her classroom. Our budgets have been cut and she's a new teacher. It's time she got some "fun" stuff for her class! [email protected]

  54. If we were to make our own slides, I'm sure it would have to be plant related. My kids are really into growing things this year! [email protected]

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  109. mrsmgreen says:

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  112. mrsmgreen says:

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  125. Anonymous says:

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  162. Salt was always my favorite thing to look through on a microscope, so I would start with that for our slides (as well as other things).

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  184. If I won, i'd give it to my 8 yr old daughter. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up. She has consistently said this since she was 2!
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  185. For my oldest (8), a drop of Mommy's blood would be very interesting to look at under the scope. For my younger ones, maybe a piece of grass, a leaf or something similar.
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  194. Mrs. Polston says:

    I would use this with my kinder class at school. Won't they have fun seeing things up close like this.
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  195. Mrs. Polston says:

    I would use it to make slides of plant parts for our 6 week plant unit.
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