Toys That Teach: GeoSafari Jr. Talking Telescope and Microscope

My eyes are always peeled for toys that teach. I want my daughters to have fun playing and learning at the same time. Several months ago, I purchased the GeoSafari Jr. Talking Telescope and the GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope. My daughters enjoy learning about bugs, the solar system, rocks, and other facts about nature so I thought the telescope and the microscope would increase their interest in science and it has.

Source: Amazon Geosafari Talking Telescope

Here is what I like about the GeoSafari Jr. Talking Telescope

  1. Easy for children to use.
  2. Intriguing to younger children because it talks.
  3. Shares interesting facts and increases their knowledge about nature.
  4. The detachable telescope is fun and encourages exploration.
  5. Has a pull-out drawer to put the slides in.
  6. Encourages children to listen. The slides not only share the facts, it also quizzes children about what they just learned.
  7. The toy and slides are durable and built to last. We’ve had it for about 6 months and it is still in excellent condition ( also we purchased both gently used).
  8. Does not over stimulate.

Other insights you should know

  1. I  recommend this toy for children ages 4-7, the facts are simple and older children will need more of a challenge.
  2. Younger children will need assistance, otherwise they will lose the slides. My children are 3 and I am still searching for some of the slides my daughter misplaced about a month ago.
  3. Each slide has a corresponding code so the telescope will know what to say. Some children may need assistance inserting the codes at first, but eventually they will get the hang of it.

Here is what I like about the GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope

  1. Also easy to use.
  2. Shares interesting facts about 12 different kinds of bugs. For awhile I was a little concerned about my children touching and holding bugs that would bite or sting them. However this microscope has helped them realize that not all bugs are okay to hold.
  3. Encourages children to listen. The slides not only share the facts, it also quizzes children about what they just learned.
  4. Also durable. Both have worked perfectly for me without any complaints.

Other insights you should know

  1. I  also recommend this toy for children ages 4-7.
  2. The microscope doesn’t have a space to put the slides internally so you have to make sure you keep up with the external box provided which is almost impossible  for children to keep up with.
  3. The slides for the telescope and microscope are NOT interchangeable.
  4. The information provided on the slides is limited, I wish there were more facts for each, but it is good enough to peak a child’s interest so he or she will want to learn more.

We use these toys to supplement science lessons so they can learn other facts too, so far they continue to enjoy them.

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  1. shari lynne

    May 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I think that the one way to inspire kids to LOVE Science is by making science fun to explore! There are so many FUN things you can do with kids, from things like this fun Geo Safari Talking Microscope to butterfly farms, ant farms, wow I could go on and on. Science is everywhere. I get excited just to talk about it! LOL Geo Safari has lots of great science stuff!!
    Blessings!

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    • elle

      May 22, 2012 at 3:56 am

      Thanks so much for commenting. You are absolutely correct. While kids are young they just want to have fun. Learning is fun and there isn’t any reason why children shouldn’t explore science and other subjects. While teaching my children I’m learning too so it is a win-win situation. :-D

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