Inspire your child to explore the world!
This cute wooden 'magnifying lens' will put stars in their eyes and help your child to explore the world one beautiful detail at a time!
The design of the Star Magnifier is based on the story of 'The Little Prince' (or 'Le Petit Prince'). This beautiful book (and movie) tells the extraordinary tale of the travels of an adventurous individual. If your little one is a fan of the Little Prince (or if you are a fan yourself, as the story is intended to enthral adults as well as children!) then this would make the perfect accompaniment to inspire adventures of your own.
The lens is around 4.5cm in diameter and the 10cm length of the handle fits snugly into a child's hand.
I have observed children using magnifying glasses with longer handles and find that a long handle tends to make the child's movements more clumsy as the weight of the lens sitting at the top of a long handle creates an almost metronome-like effect that often provokes the child to swing the tool from one side to the other. This particular handle does not create that problem - it's shorter length simply inspires children to hold it close and go investigating!
The lens itself is functional! This might sound like a silly detail to mention - after all, why wouldn't it be functional?! Yet it is surprising how often a "Kid's Magnifying Glass" will actually contain a lens that is of such low quality that it distorts the view rather than magnifying it clearly. This seems counter-productive to me, as surely the purpose of a magnifying lens is to improve and increase the view of the exploration. This particular lens genuinely allows the child to focus on precise details by maintaining a clear image when magnified.
This magnifying lens is such a simple yet valuable tool. A child can head into the garden with lens in hand to discover the wonderful world of insects or can stay inside exploring a basket of shells and treasures! The possibility are absolutely endless!
It even makes a wonderful 'Numeracy' or 'Literacy' tool - find a newspaper and pick out a letter of the alphabet that is familiar to your child (such as the first letter of his or her name). Then demonstrate how to play "Letter Detectives" by using the magnifying lens to increase the size of the print so that your child can pick out individual letters and spot that familiar letter!
Recommended for ages 3+