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Educational Toys

Educational toys shouldn’t be cheap and flimsy. 

Learning STEM toys for kids can inspire a lifelong love for learning. Give them the gift of real science! 

 For kids 3-12 

Your Special Dino-Lite Bundle ($159)

Put younger kids on the scientist’s path with a Dino-Lite digital USB microscope. It goes everywhere they do, and they can share their excitement with the family as they broadcast the image from the microscope onto a screen - they can present their findings. 

 For kids 5-12 

The Student Compound Microscope Gift Package
(Regular Price: 237.00, on sale for $138)

Begin scientist training early with this gift package, equipped with prepared Beastly Bits Slides inspired by The Natural History Museum in London to keep eyes moving and minds questioning. It’s ready to use as soon as they unwrap it! 

 For kids 5-12 

The 118 with Camera and add-on Gift Pack ($197)

Give a gift that flexes the young scientist’s imagination with a compound microscope and camera add-on to explore molecular mysteries. Study fish skin and frog tongues from the included Beastly Bits Slides on a big screen or monitor.

For kids 8-12

The Juniorscope Compound Microscope
(Regular Price: $130.00, on sale for $89)

Kids ready to explore mysteries too small to see with the naked eye can see bacteria, blood cells, and moving, swimming protozoans collected from simple water samples. It’s the best-selling kids microscope around for a reason.


Why are these the best microscopes for kids?

They're built to last

...new, young users are harder on their things than older kids. Instead of giving them something flimsy that you'll replace in a few months, give them something built to handle the roughness for years.

They have precision optics

...that produce clear, sharp images younger users can actually engage with. When they learn how to focus on a subject properly, they're on their way to a lifetime of inquiry.  

They're ready to use right out of the box

...with slides, samples, and loads of experiments (from simple to advanced) they can perform with a little help from mom, dad, grandpa, or grandma. They're ideal backup materials for a rainy day.


They’re born to explore, so set them free.

Imagine a golden Saturday morning collecting dew drenched samples from the forest floor. Foraging. Working together. Cataloguing. The shared excitement of a rare specimen. A tuft of hair or a shed carapace. 

Imagine the contentment of bringing the day’s collection home, and watching with a smile on your face while your kids or grandkids prepare the samples and rhyme off what they see under the microscope. You’ll help them record everything in their notebook. 

These STEM toys for kids aren’t just cheap plastic objects to help parents pass the time. They’re made with high quality steel. The lenses are glass. They’re made to last an entire childhood and help instill a love of the natural world and the secrets it holds.  

They’re more than educational toys for kids. They’re instruments for discovery. Maps to happiness. 

Your kids will discover a love for science and so much more about themselves. 


Field work enabled STEM toys

Collect samples and build a field lab. Some of the models here use AAA batteries to power up in the field. Others need to draw power from a laptop or external power source. Choose a model that can go anywhere your junior scientist does!

They will change the world

A STEM gift that inspires confidence, independence, thoughtfulness, curiosity, and launches a lifelong quest for understanding. Science helps children build important life skills. They learn to communicate clearly; they learn to be organized; they develop focus; they learn to form opinions based on observation and information. Science also helps children develop their physical senses and overall awareness. Science makes your kids leaders.


Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between stereo and compound microscopes?


Magnification. Stereo microscopes are best for uncomplicated observation of natural specimens. Look closely at the crystallizations in a rock or at the pattern of a butterfly wing. Compound microscopes have greater magnification, to observe samples at the cellular level. As a result, samples require more precise preparation.

What is the best microscope brand for kids?


For kids, we always recommend Omano microscopes first. Omano is our house brand, and the best mix of value and features available on Microscope.com (and we think anywhere else). We are passionate about science, and Omano is our attempt at making science accessible to as many families as possible. Omano kids microscopes are built with young learners in mind. They're hard on their things, but that doesn't mean their things should be disposable. They are meant to last decades, and to grow with your young scientist, so you don’t have to buy again and again.

Why shouldn’t I buy a plastic microscope for my child?


Plastic microscopes are prone to breaking, and aren’t cheap enough to justify the savings you get from buying them. You can choose a plastic microscope that likely won’t last a year, or you can choose a sturdy steel microscope and give your scientist years of exploration. 

What is the best microscope for a kid?


A microscope with the ability to display an image on a larger screen, like a TV or computer monitor, is easier for a young scientist to use. Scientists under 5 years of age will probably be more interested in a stereo microscope, while budding scientists a little older will prefer the secrets a compound microscope reveals.

What accessories are most important?

All our gift packages include a complete set of accessories. They contain everything needed to explore to the fullest, including petri dishes, forceps, droppers, test tubes, slides, guides, and more. They even come with experiment guides so your scientist can learn and invent their own experiments. And if your scientist is interested in more, you can find accessories earlier on this page.