“ Brand: Paladone / Type: Kids Gardening „
I picked this up for my son who is 8 years old as he has an obsession with creepy crawlies. It is a bug viewer which allows you to catch the bugs and then view them through a magnifying lens which enables you to see all the gory details.
It only cost £5.95 from Amazon although it used to be more and my son was very pleased when it arrived. The age range on it is 8 years and up, although my younger children have found viewing the bugs interesting too.
The kit includes a pair of chunky tweezers to catch the bugs, a viewing chamber where you put them once caught, a partition to separate different species, a binocular eye piece and a top cover which has objective lenses. It also comes with an instruction booklet and 2 small pretend bugs.
It was very easy to put together, my son did it on his own with help from the easy to follow instructions.
The viewing chamber is made from strong plastic and is about 20 cm tall. It has the possibility of using 2 different lids for the top. One lid has 2 large circular holes with glass which allow you to view the bugs normally. the other top has a binocular lens which allows you to see the bugs magnified. Both lids just attach on very easily with the use of 2 clips on either side of the lid.
The only problem I found with the design of the kit is that the bottom of the viewing chamber is black which doesn't allow you to see all of the bugs very well as most of them are also black! If we used the binocular lens then it was fine but with the normal lens it was tricky to see the smaller insects.
In all other aspects of this I had no problems. In fact I was very pleased with the detail that you were able to see on the bugs and my son was thoroughly entertained. It is great for encouraging children to get an interest in nature and is educational.
We have also used the binocular lens to view our fingerprints, materials and leaves from the garden. It is useful to show something when explaining is too tricky!
All in all a great buy.
Are your children always digging things up, looking for creepy crawlies? Assist their exploration with Paladone's bug viewer - now they can get an amazing view of an otherwise hidden world. Tiny bugs suddenly loom large before there eyes! This is a great.