The GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope is not a real microscope in the scientific sense but it does magnify the pictures on the slides that come with it. These slides have insects on them and it does a great job of letting you get up close and personal with them.
If you punch in the easy code on the slide you are looking at, this microscope will tell you some fun facts about that insect. Then you can test what you have learned in the quiz mode and answer some questions about the insect.
My girls loved this microscope. They don't really like bugs or insects but they were sure intrigued. They really did love listening to the fun facts and trying to answer the questions as well.
The only thing I don't like about it is that as of right now there are no additional slides for purchase. So you are limited to the slides that the microscope comes with. I have noticied that if I put this out of reach and only bring it out every so often it maintains its fun factor and the girls aren't as likely to be bored with it.
Educational Insights has been generous enough to giveaway a GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope during the New Year's Hoppin' Eve Giveaway Hop coming on December 28. So be sure to come back and enter.