I received a Geosafari Jr. My First Telescope from Educational Insights in exchange for my honest review.
My five year old daughter asks a lot of questions every day. She is eager to learn and find out the "why" and "how" of things. It's important to me that she has toys that are educational and foster that sense of curiosity.
She was incredibly excited when the Geosafari Jr. My First Telescope from Educational Insights came to our house! We've read books about space, the moon, stars, and planets, and she couldn't wait to bring the telescope outside.
It only took a minute or two to set up. We took the two pieces out of the box and attached the telescope part to the tripod. Easy peasy! I love a toy that doesn't require much work to put together!
Looking into the scope is more like looking into a pair of soft binoculars. There's no need to turn anything to focus or squint one eye through a lens. The lens cap goes on and off very easily.
The tripod has short legs and is intended for tabletop viewing. This is one feature that may be a little frustrating for your child. Trying to line up objects in your line of view is not as easy on the table as it would be if it had extended legs on the ground. However, it is very portable and light, making it easy to walk around.
- Focus-free, easy-setup telescope designed specifically for young scientists
- 10x Magnification with wide field of vision, built-in diagonal mirror, and lens cap
- Two large eyepieces with comfy goggle and nose cut-out guide for perfect eye placement
- Adjustable tripod for tabletop viewing (collapsible for easy storage)
- Multilingual instructional guide showcasing the phases of the moon
We explained the very important safety warning: do not look directly at the sun or you will hurt your eyes. I told her that the sun is hot and bright and just like you can get a sunburn on your skin, your eyes can get a sunburn too. She understood this as she's had sun burns in the past and remembered the sting.
And then AK was able to explore on her own and view golfers near our back yard, people walking on the community trail, as well as a bird house. (I'm sure that it will come in handy for deer watching as the sun goes down too!) She was very good about turning away from the sun.
Her daddy brought her out again that evening to look at the sky. The magnification isn't large enough to see stars in detail as a larger more expensive scope, but it is a good starter telescope for ages 4-6. I'm sure as she gets older, she will be even more excited to upgrade to more magnification. But in the meantime, this is good practice for her to line up the moon and stars in her sight line and use the chart to check out various phases.
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The Geosafari Jr. My First Telescope is available at Amazon & Educational Insights for $29.99
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