Review - Learning Resources Primary Science Set ~ Backyard Discoveries

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Learning ResourcesLife Science has always been one of my favorite topics and as a former Science teacher, I want to make sure that I pass on my love of the subject to Riley.  Now I may be a little biased in this opinion, but I don't think that the importance of Science can be stressed to children enough.  It is a subject which utilizes reading, writing, mathematics, deductive reasoning and creative thinking and teaches us the way our world works.

I love getting out in the backyard with Riley and examining every leaf, rock, insect and spider we come across. Thanks to Learning Resources and the Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope, we can study our findings in a whole new way.  Keep reading to find out why this is a scientific tool no child should be without!

I reviewed the Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope from Learning Resources, which retails for $59.99, but is currently on sale for $49.95 with FREE SHIPPING.

I can recall when I was about 10 years old, I received my first microscope, which was a very bulky contraption that needed slides, cover slips, an electrical source or the sun for the microscope's light.  It was also extremely hard to get the specimen in focus and then, there was no way to capture what you saw to share with others or keep for yourself.

Boy, how technology has changed the way we do things!  The Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope is the easiest microscope to use and is even recommended for children ages 3-18.  Imagine that...a 3 year old operating a microscope!  All that's necessary is a laptop or computer which contains a CD-ROM and USB port, so that you can  upload the imaging software and plug the Zoomy directly in.

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The Zoomy also comes with two adapters for face/scalp and nose/ears.  These adapters snap on the end of the Zoomy and allow you to put the microscope directly on your own skin or hair, without damaging the lens in any way.  Notice from the first picture below, how every freckle, hair and even the texture of my arm's skin are seen perfectly using the Zoomy.

I also love the compactness of the Zoomy as well as how it contains its own LED light source and requires no batteries whatsoever.  This device runs completely off your own computer's power and is so small and lightweight, that it could be tossed in your laptop bag for scientific discoveries on the go.

As a matter of fact, if you are using the Zoomy along with a laptop, then you can examine anything interesting you come across right then and there.  That's how Riley and I came to discover our backyard in much greater detail.  We plopped down on our bellies with my laptop and the Zoomy and studied everything we could find.  Just check out our up-close pictures of a seashell, plant's stem and leaves and a piece of bark.