My daughter has had just one thing on her birthday wishlist all year now. A telescope. Having covered the solar system at school, she has become fascinated by the idea of seeing the stars and the moon up close, as well as taking a good look at the nature and sights around us. So when Learning Resources got in touch with me about their campaign over the summer focusing on the importance of outdoor play, including nature trails and stargazing, I knew it was one for us. And do read on, as I also have one available for one of my lucky readers, too.
Boo literally screamed when she came home from school last week and saw the Nancy B’s Science Club Moon Scope on the kitchen table. Her birthday had come early!
Encourage children to explore science with this telescope and science journal for real-life exploration activities
Moon Scope includes two eye pieces offering 18x to 90x magnification
Moon filter finder scope with built in red LED enables night viewing
22-page activity journal allows for tracking, writing and drawing
The box includes the Moon Scope, a moon filter, a tripod and a Sky Gazer’s Activity Journal.
It was very easy to assemble following the instructions included, and there is also a video available to show you assembly if you prefer. I’m not always the best at things like this, but I’d say that if I did with ease within a few minutes, pretty much anyone can!
There are two eye pieces, and changing them is very simple to do, as even our three year old knows how to do this now.
Boo is now gazing a lot. She uses is to look out the window, at rooftops, signs, trees, the sky, anything and everything…
Our neighbours should be warned!
It does recommend that it is best to use it outside, so most evenings when she comes home now, she will take it outside and have a good look around.
It is very light and easy to move around like this, so she can just pick it up and take it wherever she wants to look.
Of course, she’s yet to do any actual ‘stargazing’ with it, as it is light when Boo goes to bed, so she’s looking forward to using it when the darker nights draw in. The Husband and I *might have rushed outside the other night when we spotted a full moon on a clear night to take a peek. It looked brilliant!
Boo loves it. It is what she wanted and more, as the addition of the sky gazers activity journal gives her activities to do. The first two or three help her to get used to using it, and when she gets to see the moon, she has plenty more she’s eager to try. Boo likes keeping journals and drawings and the like, so this is a very welcome extra for her.
This has a recommended age range of 8-11, but at 6, Boo is very happy with it and knows what she’s doing with it. Her dad will often get involved and help focus the moon scope for her, so it may just be that some support is needed in that way initially.
From my point of view, I have been pleasantly surprised by how easy this is to assemble and use. It arrived well-packaged and my first impressions on opening it were that it looks to be of good quality, sturdy whilst light enough for my daughter to handle. And most importantly, it does work. You can see amazing details and birds in trees have been studied and watched at length!
I think this is a great product as an introduction to stargazing and to satisfy curious minds. It’s encouraging a love of science in an exciting way, and it does deliver on quality.
As promised, I now have a Nancy B’s Science Club Moon Scope up for grabs, so to be in with a chance of winning it, enter using the rafflecopter below. The competition is open to UK entrants only and closes at 12am 23rd August 2016. Good luck!
What do you like about the Nancy B’s Science Club Moon Scope?
Disclosure: We received the product FOC for the purposes of this post, but all words and opinions remain my own