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Learning Resources GeoSafari Jr. Bugnoculars Review


Reviewed by Alice Dixon

I have two children, both boys, aged seven and nine. They have had an interest in nature and the world in general since they were very young. I think this is wonderful, especially as I have an interest in science too. There is so much to see and learn about the world around us. I truly think it is fascinating. Plus I like to encourage my children to get outdoors as much as possible to enjoy the fresh air and explore.

The GeoSafari Jr. Bugnoculars from Learning Resources are suitable for 3+ years and are a great product for young children which combines a container and magnifiers to help get an up close view of bugs and nature. The Bugnoculars feature a plastic tub with a snap lock lid with air holes. The lid has a 3x magnification comfortable eyepiece and a soft rubber grip handle for easy carrying even for little hands.

Children are encouraged to collect items such as leaves and petals or capture small critters they find whilst exploring. They can then take a closer look through the magnifying eyepiece. My two children are typical boys who love creepy crawlies (and love to frighten me with them even more!) The Bugnoculars are a great way for them to safely observe the wonderful things they find in our garden or out on walks and be able to observe them. It is amazing how much detail can be seen using the magnification. There are also additional 2x magnifiers on the side of the container. Both my children were wowed. They especially enjoyed taking a closer look at a snail’s shell, a creature they love as we tend to have a lot of them slithering about where we live. The air holes allow whatever critter they’ve found to breathe until we are ready to release them back into nature.

I imagine the Bugnoculars are something that will get a lot of use, especially over the Summer when we get out exploring the countryside, parks and even the beach. I love toys that are also educational and real scientific equipment such as this that support STEM learning and just encourage kids to be hands on.

Like all the other items we’ve used from Learning Resources over the years, the Bugnoculars are excellent quality. The eye piece and the tub are robust and the lid easy to take on and off. They are ideal for very young children but will also appeal to older ones like mine. I was fascinated as much as them! It made for a lovely family activity when we managed to spend an afternoon out in the garden in the Spring sunshine. There are so many wonderful things to enjoy in your garden and with these you can see the most beautiful things in amazing detail.

I also found they are lightweight and small enough to take out with us so we will definitely be bringing these along. We often go exploring on the weekends.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £12.50

This product can be purchased from the Learning Resources website here.

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