My four year old daughter Samantha enjoys playing. One of my main goals is to help my daughter’s play be important to her education, which requires her to have focused learning activities as a part of her daily routine. Because I earned my M.Ed in Elementary Education from Vanderbilt University along with K-6 teaching certification in two states, I know that kids need to explore and make discoveries to learn science. Well-planned discovery lessons, such as lessons where kids can explore magnifying objects, help children construct meaning to make ideas meaningful to them.
Preschool Science Toys: Smart Toys for Smart Kids
When I received a GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope and the GeoSafari Jr. Underwater Explorer Boat from Educational Insights, I was excited that reviewing the products would be an educational experience for my daughter. In the past year, I reviewed two telescopes from Educational Insights. Now, reviewing a microscope was a neat way to introduce my daughter to a new scientific tool.
Having my daughter work with a microscope reminded me of when I was a child. I remembered seeing microscopes in my eighth grade science class and I was dying to own one. For some reason, I thought I would have gotten so much more out of science equipment if it was in my home because I would have had more time on the task of learning how to use the equipment.
Providing Samantha with science equipment makes me feel that she will do better with science content when she learns it in school. I noticed that my daughter made connections that taught her how to use the microscope for a purpose. When Samantha finished examining the seashell, I had her draw a picture of what the shell looked like when magnified.
Another cool toy we got was the Underwater Explorer Boat, which magnified things underwater. To try the toy out, I put some waterproof magnetic toys under some soapy water and I let both of my daughters splash around. After a while, we took the water and the toys to the deck to get one last bit of sun before the weather turns cold soon.
Obviously, a toy boat will be awesome in the summer when we can use it at the ocean and the pool. For now, the boat is a must have for my daughters’ bath time. A neat feature is that the boat has parts that move, which I found really appealing.
I’m excited to announce a giveaway of both products! One lucky winner will receive both toys. The total approximate retail value would be $37.