Not long ago we received a Plane Launcher Kit from Build Your Own which was so much fun. Sienna loved playing with it. We have now received another product from the same eco-friendly range to review. It is the Build Your Own Microscope kit. This kit is also aimed to 8+ years old but again Sienna was very keen to get involved so we let her. Like before, we supervised it as there were certain parts that needed help from us.
Ad Gifted: We received a Build Your Own Microscope kit for the purpose of this review
Build Your Own Microscope Kit Content
Inside the box you can see the following items:
- 54 press-out cardboard parts
- 1 x mylar mirror
- 2 x high-quality acrylic lenses
- 3 x specimen trays
Building Our Build Your Own Microscope Kit
As well as the other Build Your Own kits, the Build Your Own Microscope kit is very easy to assemble. Everything you need is provided in the kit.
The instructions provided are straightforward to follow as each part is coded with a letter. You just have to get the parts from the press-out cardboard and slot them together. You don’t need any glue, so as you can see is a complete mess-free.
Sienna really enjoyed pressing out all the pieces and passing them to daddy to help her put them together.
Then they added the lenses and mirror to build the fully functioning microscope.
Build Your Own Microscope Kit Features
- Incredible 30x magnification
- Focusing dial
- Built-in periscope
- Removable magnifier for on-the-go exploring
One of the features that Sienna love to do with her Build Your Own Microscope Kit is adjusting the focusing dials, so she can get a fantastically clear image and adjust the zoom to reduce or increase the details of the specimens she is examining.
It is great for examining garden minibeasts, leaves, feathers and more. Thanks to the 30x magnification, you can have an amazing view of the specimens.
She also had a lot of fun experimenting with the light source from a smartphone as it illuminated the object through the built-in periscope. Sienna thought this was super cool.
You also have 3 different trays to choose for you to use to hold different types of specimens on the microscope table. Sienna loves this feature as she used different things in each tray to observe.
And the coolest feature was the option to run free. You can remove the microscope lens tubes and place them in the detachable, handheld adaptor for on-the-go exploring. Sienna is a free spirit so this was extremely fun for her to do.
Price & Where To Buy
The Build Your Own Microscope has an RRP of £16.99 and you can buy it from their website or Amazon.
As I mentioned above the Build Your Own Microscope is suitable for kids age 8 and over. Within their new range, you can also get a Plane Launcher and a Telescope kit.
We are again very impressed with Build Your Own range. The microscope works very well. It is the perfect family time activity, especially now that we are in the middle of this lockdown, it is a great activity to do with our kids.
We love that is made using sustainable cardboards and minimal plastics. There is no need to use glue, so it is mess free and no fuss. Everything you need is provided in the box and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. They come with sturdy press-out cardboard that pops out easily and the lenses and mirror are of great quality. Definitely a toy that will last for years to come.
I love the idea of supporting a product designed in the UK by a company that is environmentally responsible. It is fun, educational and supports STEAM. So what more can we ask, right?
We can highly recommend this kit. It is a perfect gift that will motivate your kids to explore more of their surroundings.
Do your kids also love microscopes? What do you think of this kit?
*Disclosure: We received a Build Your Own Microscope kit for the purpose of this review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I was also offered the opportunity to giveaway another Build Your Own Microscope kit to one of my readers. Contain an affiliate link (Should you purchase anything via my links, I will make a small commission at no extra cost to you).
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These look so great and would make for such a great gift for any kid to spark that enthusiam. #KCACOLS
Jo (A Rose Tinted World) says
What a great kit! I remember that I had a play microscope when I was little! Hours of fun. #KCACOLS
Rachel Butterworth says
Unique idea to have to build your own toys before you use them.
Rebecca Walker says
they dont but i used to love them as a kid
Interesting idea. I hope she uses it – I tried to get my children interested in our microscope, but no.
emma england says
This kit looks awesome! My kids would definitely enjoy it.
Ella @ Typical Mummy says
Oh this looks fab Franca. Definitely something my kids would love! #KCACOLS
Katrina | ChatterFox says
I think my daughter is a bit young for this but I’d love it! I love building flatpack and following instructions.
yes there super inquisitive –always looking into thing
Claire Nutman says
I think it would bring many hours of fascinating play many thanks…
natalie s says
I showed my daughter this post and she is very enthusiastic about the microscope – especially the building it! Great product. Hope we win now!
Cathryn Crawshaw says
perfect for my daughter Ava
Anthea Holloway says
My granddaughter would love this – she hasn’t got a microscope but would be very happy with this one!
Crummy Mummy says
My six-year-old would absolutely love this! Bookmarking for his birthday! #KCACOLS
This looks fab, it would deffinitely keep my 8yr old son super busy xx #KCACOLS
Ooh my boy would love this – it looks too complicated for me lol #KCACOLS
I love this. Craft and science combined perfected. #kcacol
Kim White says
This kit is unusual, I had no idea you could make a microscope this way. I’m sure my grandaughter would not only enjoy making it but get lots of use out of it afterwards.
lynn neal says
My grandchildren like science so I think this would be right up their street!
Susan B says
Our youngest has just discovered the delights if magnification so is ready for a microscope.
Alison Johnson says
My Grandsons have tried the BYO Telescope kit & loved it so they would really enjoy this one.
Mr Mark Adamson says
This would make a nice change from lego for my daughter she loves Building things
jill fraser says