A child's first microscope is a window into a new and exciting world. The very idea that there are things so tiny that they cannot be seen is of great interest to most young kids. Children innately love nature (bugs, plants, animals, water!) , experiments ("I wonder what will happen if...") and physics ("How far can that ball bounce?") BUT they do not grow up to THINK that they do. Science gets a bad rap and too many kids lose interest before they get into middle school or high school. Why? Because science does not happen on the pages of a textbook. It isn't exciting and alluring when talked about in a lecture. Science is happening all around us and the earlier that children learn that and become excited about that very notion, the better success they will have in science, and across other subject areas, as well. Whether they are using a sturdy and durable plastic toy like "My First Microscope" or exploring prepared slides with our "Elite Lab Microscope," children will be thrilled and excited by science when it is explored in real life.