Pocket Microscope Review
I would have loved a pocket microscope when I was a kid! I was always into finding out about bugs and other little critters.
In fact, one Spring we had a whole room full of butterflies when my caterpillars had gone walk about the summer before! I’m sure that my parents were as delighted as I was to find about fifteen butterflies flapping around the hallway.
If I had a pocket microscope then I’m sure I would have kept the wildlife outside rather than bringing it into the house so that I could look at it!
I was thrilled to have a chance to review this Pocket Microscope from InterPlay UK and we cannot wait to share our main reasons why we loved it so much with you today.
*This is a sponsored review please refer to our disclosure policy*
Inside the Box
The contents of the box included:
- Pocket Microscope
- Textile Slide
- Insect Slide
- 3 Blank Slides
- 4 Specimen Jars
- 12 Specimen Labels and Clear Covers
- Informative Guide
- Not included – 2x AA batteries
Setting Up the Microscope
This is so easy! First, put the batteries into the microscope then open it to make the light come on. Next, just grab one of the prepared slides, put the microscope on top of it and look down it! Use the orange focusing dial to make the image clearer and see the wonderful details of some pretty amazing things!
5 Reasons Why We Loved Our Pocket Microscope
- Simple to set up. Add batteries and you can use straight away.
- Small enough to fit in your coat pocket and it is lightweight as well.
- Ideal for using both inside and outside.
- Easy to focus so that you can see the fine details of the objects you are looking at.
- Inexpensive compared to the average desktop microscope.
Need Some Exploration Ideas?
After looking at the prepared slides it was time to look at some new things. We investigated some unusual things and here they are to give you some more ideas!
- work surfaces – grimy and clean so that you can see the difference between the two
- hairs – root bulbs and split ends are fascinating
- nails – both on your fingers and the metal kind as well
- flowers – petals and leaves in particular
- sand – this is fascinating and can look like mini jewels
- soil or dirt – great for seeing what it is made up of
- water – we looked at tap water and rainwater
- feathers – you can really see the details on them
- fingerprints – you can easily see the ridges and whorls in the skin that make up your fingerprint
We plan to look at some snowflakes if it snows this winter as well!
Pricing and Where to Purchase
The Pocket Microscope currently retails for around £10 depending on where it is purchased. It can be purchased from most leading high street stores and online stores too.
*We received a Pocket Microscope in return for this review. Please refer to our disclosure policy*