Investing in Science With a Microscope For Kids @MyFirstLab

I received product/compensation in exchange for sharing my honest opinion.

For holidays and birthdays, there are always the typical gift requests of games, dolls, building sets and tech toys. One item that kids may not think to request is a microscope.

Now for my family, we have a kid microscope that is colorful plastic and plays facts about the few slides it came with. My boys used it when they were younger and recently my daughter started to use it. I honestly never thought to get a more professional grade microscope for them as I thought it would be too expensive.

Well, My First Lab has actually invested over 20 years of expertise to build a microscope that is budget-friendly. Their line of microscopes are inexpensive enough for children to use but powerful enough that adults can appreciate the image quality.

All of the microscopes in the My First Lab line use laboratory-quality glass or specially-coated plastic optics, giving clarity comparable to our laboratory-grade microscopes.

I got the chance to check out the Duo Scope from My First Lab. It is a microscope geared towards kids ages 9 and up that allows them use a more grown-up microscope without the huge cost. What I love about the Duo Scope though is it comes with everything you need to get started plus it can be used to magnify both slides and solids. It is no joke either as it contains real optical glass lenses, dual focusing knobs, 2 LED lights, multiple magnifications (40X, 100X, 400X) and more. It uses the same technology used by lab professionals around the world!

You get four prepared slides with this microscope perfect for right off the battle discovering. You do need to add AA batteries for the light but it does not need a plug which is nice. We are all about portability.

After your child is done with the four prepared slides, they can start creating their own. You get five blank slides to add stuff too and the instruction book includes ideas. I do wish there were more ideas as I am pretty clueless in the science department.

Honestly, I was impressed with what this microscope could do and my 9-year-old definitely didn’t expect to be able to see what he saw. We had a plastic microscope when they were younger with big plastic slides but this is so much more in-depthh. I want my kids to grow up curious and science is such a huge focus now. I admit too I am excited about making our own slides. I was telling my son how cool it would be to look at hair and drops of water. I will definitely be googling other things to check out under a microscope!

This microscope is something the whole family can enjoy and I do recommend starting it off with your child. It can be a little overwhelming if they are not big into science and without help they may not know what to do after the four prepared slides. I figure this will be a good project for me and the kids to tackle together anyways and all of us can hopefully learn something!

Looking for a pocket microscope?

Did you know there is a device that can attach to any smartphone or tablet (as long as it has a built-in camera) that allows you to have a microscope on the go? The Smartphone Inspector is a small clip-on device that is ready to go out of the package along with its set of slides. It is compact, lightweight and features up to 60X magnification! There is even a built-in light. I tried this out not knowing what to expect and was super impressed! At under $13, it would make a great add-on gift for any child (or even adult.)

BUY IT: Check out My First Lab for the Duo Scope and other fun science items.

WIN IT: (1) US winner will receive a My First Lab Microscope

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This giveaway ends November 13, 2017.

Speak Your Mind



  1. Rachel Browning says:

    I would choose the Duo Scope, I know this is for kids but I like experimenting to. lol

  2. Kathy Pease says:

    I’d choose the duo scope

  3. The The Duo-scope.

  4. Eileen Richter says:

    Id choose the WOW scope with 50X. So cool that it’s battery operated. Heck, I want one TOO!

  5. Erika Sternberg says:

    The best one for mstudents would love any of them.

  6. Wendy Caddy says:

    The best one for my younger homeschooling grandkids would be the My First Lab WOW scope.

  7. I’d pick the duo scope!

  8. I would probably get the duo scope

  9. Kayla Klontz says:

    The Duo-scope for my son.

  10. donna porter says:

    I would choose the Duo-Scope for my nephew. This would be the perfect Christmas gift!

  11. Debra Holloway says:

    I would choose the Duo-Scope for my grandson. It would be the perfect way to instill a love of science in him.

  12. I would choose the WOW Scope for my son.

  13. Jennifer Keating says:

    I’d choose the Duo-Scope for my son. He would love this!!

  14. Michelle Catallo says:

    Would love to win the DuoScope! My kids are really into learning about science, biology, chemistry and more. This would help.

  15. I’d chose the Duo-Scope, it looks a bit more advanced. WOW, what a great learning tool this would be for my grandchildren! I’ve used microscopes on my job and totally enjoy looking at the world from a different view! I suppose I’ll never grow up. Hope to win!

  16. I’d choose a Duo Scope

  17. Julie Hawkins says:

    My kids would like the duo scope microscope.

  18. Christine Weary says:

    My granddaughter would love the microscope.

  19. Forgot to answer the question – I would like the Duo-Scope

  20. This microscope would be perfect for my granddaughter.

  21. Terra Heck says:

    I would choose the Duo-Scope for my son. Thanks.

  22. I think I would get the Duo-Scope, it seems to be the most useful yet still kid-friendly.

  23. Tiffany Greene Elliott says:

    I think my oldest sons would love the Duo Scope! My husband and sons would really enjoy this since they love science!

  24. elizabeth miller says:

    i would choose the duo scope. My daughter would be fascinated with it she loves science.

  25. Toni Schlinsog says:

    This is awesome! I know a young girl whom this would make VERY happy!

  26. Erika Sternberg says:

    Any of them.

  27. crystle tellerday says:

    the wow scope

  28. vickie couturier says:

    i think my grandson would like the wow scope the best

  29. Laura Collins says:

    I would like the Smartphone Inspector

  30. I would choose the Wow Scope for my kiddo.

  31. katie klein says:

    My son would love the Duo Scope!

  32. Neat Products! Smartphone inspector looks neat!

  33. Cynthia C says:

    I would like to have the Duo Scope for my nieces.

  34. Kimmy Ripley says:

    My daughter, Chloe, loves science and a microscope is actually on her wishlist this year with some slides too. I would be thrilled to win the My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope – MFL-06 for her!

  35. Laura Feist says:

    I would choose the duo scope

  36. Lucy Rapposelli says:

    My grand daughter is 8 and loves science. Would be a great Christmas Gift. Good Luck to Everyone

  37. valerie theberge says:

    The perfect gift for my little Jacob!

  38. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I would choose My First Lab Wow Scope. These are so nice. Thank you so much for sharing

  39. Annmarie W. says:

    I would choose the Duo-Scope! It would be perfect for my niece!

  40. I would choose the Duo scope!

  41. I would choose the Duo Scope. Thank You for this terrific giveaway.


  42. Maryann Carmen says:

    The duo scope would be perfect for us!

  43. I would choose my first lab WOW scope.

  44. If I won, I’d want to do a little more research on which microscope to choose. I might choose the Duo Scope Starter Kit.

  45. I’m not sure, but probably the Starter Kit since my kids are younger.

  46. Katherine S says:

    Duo scope


  47. Michelle S says:

    I think I would like the duo scope. I think my daughter would use that one more.

  48. James Robert says:

    I’d choose the Duo Scope and thanks so much for the chance at winning.

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