Nancy B’s Science Club® Microscope & Activity Journal
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Nancy B’s Science Club® Microscope & Activity Journal

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The Big Idea

Zoom in on the fun with the Nancy B Microscope! This 2-in-1 light and dissecting microscope gives up-close views—30x, 100x, and 400x magnifications—of anything you can imagine, from peacock feathers and goldfish scales to your own skin and cheek cells. The included keepsake journal features 22 pages of fun science experiments for kids and activities from observation to creative writing, drawing, and more.

Shh…They’re Learning!
  • Introduces learners to a real science tool
  • Conduct safe and fun science experiments/activities
  • Parent-free learning
  • Encourages self-discovery
Cut to the Chase
  • 2-in-1 Light and dissecting microscope with 30x, 100x, and 400x magnifications
  • Full set of science tools: tweezers, scalpel, petri dish, spatula, stirring rod, test tube, pipette, 7 cover slips and slide labels, 4 prepared slides, 7 blank slides, and specimen vial)
  • Rubber eye cup ensures comfort while observing
  • 22-Page activity journal
  • Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included)
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  • 30x–400x Light and dissecting microscope with rubber eye cup and focusing knob
  • Tweezers
  • Scalpel
  • Spatula
  • Stirring rod
  • Test tube
  • Pipette
  • 7 Cover slips and slide labels
  • 4 Prepared slides
  • 7 Blank slides
  • Petri dish
  • Specimen vial
  • 22-Page activity journal


The Nitty Gritty
  • Microscope measures 3.75"L x 5"W x 9"H.
  • Journal measures 8.5"W x 8.5"H.
  • Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included).

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4.5

(based on 24 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Lasting fun (7)
  • Easy to assemble (6)
  • High quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Outside (3)
  • Travel (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

It is a easy to use microscope for small

I was given as a review item. All views are my own.

When I was little I was not a girly girly girl. I didn't play with dolls. I played...Read complete review

I was given as a review item. All views are my own.

When I was little I was not a girly girly girl. I didn't play with dolls. I played with cars and building blocks. Girl toys didn't interest me. My room was wall to wall shelves with dolls I never even played with. Stuffed critters covered my bed but never were played with.

Then one year for xmas my dad got me a microscope and computer. It would change my life later on. I loved them. I would sit for hours playing with my microscope. I want my kids to get that same feeling.

Nancy B Microscope has been a great way I have been able to teach and connect with Rowan. I was so tickled to get to review this product. It is a full set with blank slides and everything you need to make your own. Don't worry the scalpel and tweezers are plastic and safe.

It is a easy to use microscope for small hands. Comes with a Journal to write down what they see and discover. Has three different miginfing settings. A cover for eye lens to keep it clean. both upper and lower lights for better viewing. Has three pre-made slides to get you started.

This has Rowan loving looking at things in a different way. He really loves learning about what things look up close.

It is a well make educational toy. Will last for years. Can be use with your homeschool curriculum. As a great way to get your child into Science. Even if you don't homeschool it makes a great gift for any child. Make it a gift that could change their life for the better.

Here is more on Nancy B Microscope :

Zoom in on the fun with our microscope! This 2-in-1 light and dissecting microscope gives up-close views—30x, 100x, and 400x magnifications—of anything you can imagine, from peacock feathers and goldfish scales to your own skin and cheek cells. The included keepsake journal features 22 pages of fun science experiments for kids and activities from observation to creative writing, drawing, and more.

Shh…They're Learning!
Introduces learners to a real science tool
Conduct safe and fun science experiments/activities
Parent-free learning
Encourages self-discovery
Cut to the Chase
2-in-1 Light and dissecting microscope with 30x, 100x, and 400x magnifications
Full set of science tools: tweezers, scalpel, petri dish, spatula, stirring rod, test tube, pipette, 7 cover slips and slide labels, 4 prepared slides, 7 blank slides, and specimen vial)
Rubber eye cup ensures comfort while observing
22-Page activity journal
Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Christmas surprise look!

My granddaughter was uncertain what she had received until we put the first prepared slide nto the field. She loved the experience and thought of many other things she wished to view. I had...Read complete review

My granddaughter was uncertain what she had received until we put the first prepared slide nto the field. She loved the experience and thought of many other things she wished to view. I had looked at other microscopes that were more powerful but believe the design is perfect for a 7 year old

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5.0

Love it!

By Living a Fit and Full Life

from AZ

Comments about Educational Insights Nancy Bs Science Club® Microscope & Activity Journal:

Education Insight's Nancy B's Science Club® Microscope and Activity Journal is an absolutely wonderful product for kids! As a homeschooling mom I've been on the hunt for the perfect microscope for my daughter. She absolutely loves nature and learning about new things so I knew Nancy B's Science Club® Microscope and Activity Journal would be something she'd really enjoy. I'm blown away by the quality of this Nancy B's Science Club® Microscope. I've seen many microscopes on my hunt for the perfect one and none of them even compare to this one. I love that it has a light both on top and on bottom. It works perfectly and does 30x, 100x, and 400x magnifications which is perfect for viewing even the tiniest of things. I also love that it comes with a few sample slides so you can begin using the microscope right away. You can also use the blank slides to create your own slides which is my daughters favorite thing to do. My daughter enjoys finding new things to view and is extremely excited to use her Activity Journal to document her findings.

Nancy B's Science Club® Microscope and Activity Journal is a fabulous set. I highly recommend it! It comes with everything you need to get started and is sure to be enjoyed for years to come!

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5.0

Fantastic Product!

By BasketKace

from Phoenix, AZ

Comments about Educational Insights Nancy Bs Science Club® Microscope & Activity Journal:

I LOVE THIS! My kids and I spent hours looking at things like fly wings, saliva, cotton, couch fibers, etc. My eight year old wants to collect different leaves and compare them now, while my six year old wants to look at the hairs from the cats, dogs and rabbit we own to see if they look different. They can keep notes on what they see and compare and contrast them, which I think is GREAT! This is a fantastic product, especially for the value! It is easy to use and my kids were able to use it themselves with very little to no help from me. I would definitely recommend this and gift one to a few friends!

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5.0

Fantastic

By Eugene

from Canada

Comments about Educational Insights Nancy Bs Science Club® Microscope & Activity Journal:

What a great microscope, we used the slides it came with to look at, and it is such detail. The kids were amazed at how much they can see, and were surprised at what simple things looked like when they are magnified.
The work book is great for getting involved in more details, and doing your own experiments. We are working on getting the onion peel right now, and seeing all the cells. Fantastic!

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5.0

Overwhelming "Wows" from my 7 year old daughter.

By OneProudDad

from Charlotte, NC

Comments about Educational Insights Nancy Bs Science Club® Microscope & Activity Journal:

My 7-Year-Old Daughter unpacked this Microscope and could instantly identify what it was. As we reviewed what the slides were and how to adjust the magnification, I popped in the Fish Scale sample that comes with the kit. I heard her give an audible "ahhh, wow!" As a Dad, these are moments we live for. To see our kids find wonder in things we once did. I love the science kit that accompanies this instrument, as well as the journal. There are a lot of examples on how to collect samples, and what to look for. I'm looking forward to going exploring more things we can investigate together and feel this will help to foster that sense of wonder for Science.

Overall, the equipment is sturdy, it has bot an under-light and an over-light. It allows you to be your own scientist. Nice Job EI. This is a big win.

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4.0

This is a great toy version of a true microscope

By randitp

from NY

Comments about Educational Insights Nancy Bs Science Club® Microscope & Activity Journal:

This is a great toy version of a true microscope. I really liked the durable and safe plastic slides and slip covers. It is really nice that it comes with some pre-made slides for immediate learning and exploration. The light is bright enough to see the images and the magnification for a plastic toy is fantastic. I was surprised by the quality and ability of this microscope and the magnification.
One recommendation would be to include a box/case for storage of all of the small parts. I imagine they will easily get lost/broken/or misplaced without somewhere for them to live. I'd recommend this toy for budding scientist explorers

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5.0

My son rated it AWESOME!!!!!!! It's his new favorite toy.

By TM

from IL

Comments about Educational Insights Nancy Bs Science Club® Microscope & Activity Journal:

I got the Nancy B's Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal for my curious first grader. When my son saw it, he was so excited and couldn't wait to try it. Although it's purple and teal and seems designed more for girls, it didn't bother him at all. The microscope comes fully assembled but needs three AAA batteries. It's small and lightweight; a child can carry it to the table. This microscope has a bottom light (light microscope) and a top light (dissecting microscope) with three different magnifications: 30x, 100x, and 400x. Also included are various tools (no sharp edges) as well as a 22-page activity journal. It's sturdy and looks like it can stand up to rough play. There are prepared slides as well as blank slides with cover slips and slide labels. I do wish it came with more prepared slides, a storage case for the microscope, and a reusable bag for the tools.

The first thing my son did was view the four prepared slides (stoma, peacock feather, wool, & goldfish scale). He was able to adjust the light source, magnification power, and focus by himself. The 30x and 100x had good views, but we had trouble seeing things with the 400x. This magnification would probably be more suitable with cheek cells or microorganisms.

The journal is very thoughtful and well written. Besides teaching you how to use the microscope, the scientific method, and documentation, it also includes interesting activities. The language is easy for children to understand and the activities are straightforward. Various user tips and fun facts are also found throughout the book. Many parents may not have the time, knowledge, or inclination to create activities for the microscope on their own. Don't worry about it; it's already been done for you.

I would rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars, an excellent toy. He said, "Mom, Nancy B makes the best toys ever!!!!!!!" (He said to include seven exclamation points.) We received this product in exchange for an honest review.

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5.0

Great science tool for kids!

By trish

from Harbor City, CA

Comments about Educational Insights Nancy Bs Science Club® Microscope & Activity Journal:

I'm a homeschooler and was thrilled when I found out Educational Insights has a line of science tools that were affordable and kid-friendly. The microscope and book work well together. The activities were easy to accomplish and manageable as far as suggested materials. My 1st grader loves it! I appreciate that it increased her enjoyment of science and exploring.

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5.0

Great for my 8 year old!

By Kimberly Brabec

from Temecula, CA

Comments about Educational Insights Nancy Bs Science Club® Microscope & Activity Journal:

The Nancy B. Microscope is great for my 8 year old and I love that she still has many years to grow into it. The activity book is perfect and helps her and I have in-depth conversations about science, but the best part is that the microscope is still fun for my 5 year old and she can be included in the activity as well. I love that both my girls are now excited about science finding things around the house that they can look at in the microscope. As well, the activity book helps mom (a non-scientist) teach and learn with them.

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5.0

An amazing intro to a science wonderland

By Lee Family

from Vernon Hills, IL

Comments about Educational Insights Nancy Bs Science Club® Microscope & Activity Journal:

We just got Nancy B's Microscope and Activity Journal. This microscope was the perfect introduction for my eight year old to the world beyond what the naked eye can see. In fact, she was the one who came up with the title of this review. The kit included premade slides with specimens that she found fascinating. Her favorite one was the peacock feather. And then she spent the next few days going through our house and garden making various slides of everything she could find. I loved the fact the she learned the difference between a light microscope (light source coming from the bottom) and dissecting telescope (light coming from top). She would look at every specimen both ways and at all 3 magnifications. She has just started the actual activity journal and is so excited with each activity. A big hit in our house!

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4.0

Great product to introduce kids to microscopic science

By Kali

from Pittsburgh, PA

Comments about Educational Insights Nancy Bs Science Club® Microscope & Activity Journal:

My 8 year old daughter is a STEM girl, and so far is really enjoying this product. The microscope came with a bunch of slides, some pre-made and some to make on her own, and a number vials, tubes and tools for exploring the microscopic world around up. The accompanying book has about a dozen experiments to try and journal about, which supports the scientific process and teaches about documenting your findings, which is great.

I think my daughter also appreciated that the microscope and book were are pretty as they were functional (something she really appreciates).

Unlike many of the other reviewers, we have had no issues with focusing at any of the three magnification levels - it just takes some time to get used to how it works.

The bottom light seems much dimmer than the top light, which may be the way all microscopes work (I have never really used one before).

Some other reviewers describe the item as flimsy. It IS plastic, but works really well. I think if it is treated right, it will last. I don't think anyone could find something with more substance (metal?) at this price point. It is perfect for a kid to get experience with microscopic science and if they take to it, you can always upgrade to a more expensive model later.

I took off one star because I do wish the manual and instructions were a little bit more descriptive, with pictures maybe, of what each accessory is and looks like. The slide covers and slide labels are in the same container, with the labels on top and covers under. In the diagram, which is a side view, it wasn't clear what the cover looked like and my daughter had two slides with labels instead of covers, despite reading the instructions carefully (I read them myself and can see how she was confused by them).

My other other wish is that it came with some kind of storage box (although I understand it would probably raise the price point). There are a lot of accessories/slides with it, and I am now looking for an affordable

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