Creative learning with microscopes and slides – like most of our creative learning ideas, doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective. As a matter of fact, our first microscope and slides were a plastic scope and slides made using dead bugs and clear packing tape. You know what? THEY LOVED it!
Creative Learning with Microscopes and Slides
Our DIY Science Kit turned out to be one of the boys favorite homeschool projects. Our kit contained simple things, like guide books, magnifying glass, clear packing tape, note cards, science journals, styrofoam block and toothpicks to hold specimens in place, and stickers for labeling. They stored their kit in an old Amazon box and decorated it with a hand-drawn picture. Not fancy, but they were becoming real scientists!
Creative Learning with Microscopes
Collections to Consider
- Butterflies – photos and drawings of live specimens or preserve dead ones
- Seashells – live creatures should not be removed from their environment
- Plants – sketch live ones and take small samples for collection
- Insects – again, stick to the dead ones or combine photo/sketches & specimens
- Fossils – sharks teeth, stingray barbs, stingray mouth-plates, puffer fish mouth-plates, parrot fish mouth-plates, bones, turtle shells and more.
- Animal skeletons – also make for an interesting collection, but is best for older children who can learn to clean and store them properly. Please don’t contact me about this idea. I am NOT advocating that they go kill things and keep their bones. My boys have, however, found all sorts of interesting jaw bones and skulls in the wild. They think it’s super cool and it’s easy to get them to read and research more about their findings. I think they like it even better because I think it’s gross! We have collected a pelican beak, raccoon skull, coyote jawbone, snake skeletons, and more. They know not to touch a rotting carcass.
- Bird watching – alternative to an official collection. With bird watching kids can collect pictures and create a log of the birds (or other animals) they have spotted. They can collect feathers and abandoned nests, to add to a general nature collection.
We had a lot of dead bugs in our collection, but it wasn’t limited to insects. All manner of findings can make a fun nature collection if you don’t want to choose a particular subject matter.
We have used the inexpensive microscopes and the more expensive ones. My best advice is to consider the age of your child and buy the best you can reasonably afford. With that being said, even the inexpensive microscopes make learning fun and inspire kids taking a close-up look at bugs and stuff!
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