Up Close & Personal With Nature: Kidnoculars Extreme Review
Gifted for review
Joshua loves a bit of nature. Whether it’s birds, bees, bugs or just randomly collecting twigs for a purpose yet to be identified he’s very keen on being outside and taking it all in.
So when we had the chance to test out the GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars Extreme we were very keen to see what it could do, so gave it a good run out around the garden!
GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars Extreme Review
As you may have guessed from the name of the product (and perhaps the photo of Joshua holding the box), it’s effectively some rather funky-looking binoculars that are aimed at kids. They offer a fixed 3x magnification so there’s no twiddling with knobs or dials required. Handy if your little one has the attention span of a goldfish and doesn’t fancy ploughing through instructions!
But what makes the Kidnoculars ‘Extreme‘ I hear you shout?! Well not only do they magnify things visually, they also magnify things aurally! So whilst you are gazing at a bluetit in a bush through your Kidnoculars you can also hear it chirruping through the incorporated headphones! Pretty cool.
According to the makers, the Kidnoculars are designed to promote STEM-based scientific observation of nature, animals and more. And to be fair, they do just that!
Among the many and varied natural wonders that Joshua spotted in the garden whilst using his Kidnoculars were:
- A pigeon on the roof
- A pigeon in a tree
- A spider on the slide
- A plethora of Red Kites flying overhead
- A cheeselog (yes, it’s a Reading word for woodlouse)
Joshua actually had a lot of fun and it was great that he could just pick them up, strap them on and get cracking. After a few seconds of putting them on he was exploring the garden like a miniature David Attenborough.
We spent well over an hour using them in the garden. This is probably double the amount of time he usually takes to get bored and want to do something else, so that’s high praise indeed!
If I was looking for a negative, I would say I’m not sure how well they would work if your child has a significantly different prescription in each eye, given they’re not adjustable. However, for Joshua they worked well, so…
You can buy them from lots of places including the Learning Resources website for around the £22 mark. Or you could win yourself a pair by following the instructions below. It’s your choice 🤷♂️
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