Review - Educational Insights GeoSafari Plankton Net Serves Up Multitudes of Microscopic Fun

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Educational InsightsWhen I was a little kid, I always looked forward to the summertime because I knew my family would be spending plenty of time by the water.  Whether it was a swimming pool, the beach or a lake never mattered much to me, I just loved getting wet and splashing about.  I also loved the change of scenery and especially the change of living things that were present around beaches and lakes.

Educational Insights, manufacturer of playful products with serious educational value, has found a terrific way for your little scientist to explore the bodies of water you visit this summer. The GeoSafari Plankton Net allows them to get up close and personal with microscopic aquatic specimens. Keep reading to learn more!

I reviewed the GeoSafari Plankton Net from Educational Insights which retails for $24.99, but is currently on sale for $18.88 with FREE SHIPPING.

Educational Insights GeoSafari Plankton NetThe GeoSafari Plankton Net is the perfect tool to capture and observe tiny underwater creatures in both fresh and saltwater.  Explore oceans, ponds, streams, lakes, tide pools - any natural body of water - and then identify the tiny creatures that live there.

Plankton are small organisms that float or drift in great numbers in bodies of salt or freshwater.  They are an important part of the food chain because many animals eat plankton.  They consist of bacteria, protozoa, certain algae, cnidarians, tiny crustaceans and many other organisms.  Plankton are divided into two groups: zooplankton (animals) and phytoplankton (plants).  The GeoSafari Plankton Net is designed to catch zooplankton.

Getting started with the GeoSafari Plankton Net from Educational Insights is really quick and easy.  Simply screw the specimen bottle into the tapered end of the net.  Then submerge the attached specimen bottle into the water along with the plankton net.  The net's opening should be about a foot below the surface of the water.

Drag the Plankton Net with the netting and the attached specimen bottle behind it for at least two minutes.  The longer you drag, the more plankton you will collect.

Educational Insights GeoSafari Plankton NetOnce all the plankton have settled down into the bottle, disconnect it carefully from the net and cap it.  The specimen bottle includes three magnification lenses embedded into the side of the bottle so that your child can automatically view their "treasure" without needing any additional tools.

What's more, the GeoSafari Plankton Net can be tied securely to a rope using the tow rope attachment ring.  This way, you can lower the net into the water from a boat or dock and walk back and forth, collecting plankton.  If you'd like, the GeoSafari Plankton Net can even be tied to the boat itself while the boat moves across the water making it possible to collect a super-concentrated plankton sample.

Once your child has collected their bounty, it's time to identify what was found.  Plankton are easiest to see when viewed with a dark surface placed behind the specimen bottle which is why there's a solid black area on the included specimen identification card.

Plankton will only survive about 20-30 minutes in the specimen bottle because after that, they will have used up all of the oxygen contained in the water sample.  So please be sure to identify quickly and then release them back into the water.

If you're going to be traveling to any bodies of natural water this summer, then be sure to turn your vacation into an instant learning experience with the GeoSafari Plankton Net.  They say you should never swim alone and now with this Plankton Net from Educational Insights, your child will find millions of living things to keep them company!

4 Star Product Review
Disclosure: I received the GeoSafari Plankton Net from Educational Insights in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. This product review is based on my own personal experiences with this item and is completely honest and objective.
I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!

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27 Responses to Educational Insights GeoSafari Plankton Net Serves Up Multitudes of Microscopic Fun

    jennifer dansberger jones Says:

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    i like the dinosaur dig and the bug watch

    A.Smith Says:

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    I think my daughter would love the Geosafari Ant Factory

    susan Says:

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    My little one would also love the GeoSafari® Ant Factory™.

    D Schmidt Says:

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    Another fabulous toy is GeoSafari® SeaScope™

    Aggie Says:

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    The Bug Scene Investigator Kit.

    6

    My son would like the GeoSafari® Ant Factory™, but I don’t think I would. lol

    jenn Says:

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    I would like to have the math puzzles

    Stephanie Hungerford Says:

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    I would love to try GeoSafari® Tuff Scope™

    Valerie Theberge Says:

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    They would love the GeoSafari® Mini Ant Factory™

    Carrie Phelps Says:

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    My youngest grandson loves ants so it would enjoy the GeoSafari® Ant Factory.

    carol roberts Says:

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    GeoSafari® Mini Ant Factory™ $19.99

    Mary Says:

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    The interactive microscope would be great paired with this plankton net!

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    Jaime Says:

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    I’d like the GeoSafari Jr. BugWatch.

    Paul T/Pauline T Says:

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    I like the GeoSafari® Ant Factory™ - Paul Tran ….. emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

    Wendy R Says:

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    the vega 360 telescope!

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    Hydroponics Lab is another awesome one – love sites/stores like this – LOL
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    brooke t Says:

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    GeoSafari® Jr. BugWatch™

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    They would love the geofari bugwatch!
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    Kris Says:

    19

    The Ant Factory looks like fun!

    Amy C Says:

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    My kids would like the GeoSafari® Jr.® Bug Scene Investigator Kit.

    laura ari Says:

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    the seascope

    Kris I. Says:

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    My daughter would love the bug viewer

    michelle Says:

    23

    My son and I would love to play with the Bean Bag Toss.

    Adina H. Says:

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    The Hydroponics Lab looks fun.

    christine jessamine Says:

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    my kids would love the GeoSafari Ant Zone

    26

    Wow, wish I had this today at the lake!

    Lily Kwan Says:

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    The GeoSafari SeaScope looks very nice!

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