Children are natural explorers, which is why magnifying glasses are a quintessential toy for people ages 3 to 99. Whether your little one is traipsing around the backyard or lounging in their playroom, they are sure to enjoy examining the finer details of their world. Magnifying glasses are great for both individual and group activities. They pair well with educational lessons, but that’s never stopped our little ones from free-styling their miniature investigation sessions.
Ready to take a look at this year’s top offerings? Go-go gadget magnifying glass!
How to Pick the Best Kids Magnifying Glass
1. Recommended Age
Parents, we’re fairly certain that we don’t have to tell you that your 12-year-old cub scout isn’t going to approve of the same magnifying glass as your 4-year old, princess-obsessed entomologist. When shopping for preschoolers, stick to the clunky plastic devices with bulbous grips and shatterproof lenses. At this age, you can focus less on magnification and more on durability. Save the enhanced magnification and LED lighting for school-aged kids. Stumped for activities? Check out this magnifying glass tray experiment board on Pinterest. The Boston Museum of Science also offers some awesome STEM activity ideas for older children.
Pay close attention to the material composition of your little one’s new science tool. Magnifiers that are made exclusively for kids tend to feature nontoxic materials and shatterproof lenses. While we know our fair-share of clumsy adults, kids also tend to require exceptionally durable devices. That means scratch-resistant lenses and reinforced handles should be at the top of your checklist.
Magnification is a magical phenomenon. Even an enlarged image of the most ordinary objects reveals intricate and eye-opening details. Lenses that offer lenses with two- to four-times magnification are appropriate for the youngest explorers. If you’re looking to get scientific, opt for a magnifier with a set of interchangeable lenses. Sciencing provides some excellent insight on microscope magnification. While magnifying glasses tend to be more subtle in intensity, they provide us with a similar perspective of organic and inorganic materials. A strong magnifier may boost your child’s curiosity. These tools teach us a lot about the scale of the universe.
Never underestimate the importance of a large viewing window. Check to ensure that your magnifying glass lens a 2.5-inch or larger diameter. Magnifying glasses encourage the development of fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination. However, without a large lens, young children may struggle to line up objects in their view.
We like to think that magnifying glasses are some of the simplest and, therefore, least expensive toys. Yet, there are plenty of upgrade options available. There are still lots of durable plastic models in the budget range. You’ll pay more for extra features, additional accessories, and enhanced magnification.
Many manufacturers offer exploration aids alongside their magnifiers. Popular pairings include plastic tweezers, specimen containers, bug and wildlife guides, and lights. If you’re looking to gear your little one up for a slamming exploration session, be sure to check out fun packaged deals.
Learning Resources Jumbo Magnifiers
These chunky plastic magnifying glasses will foster your preschooler’s love of learning. There are six brightly colored magnifiers in this pack. The glasses can be used to sustain all sorts of indoor and outdoor studies. The circular eyepieces are made of durable scratch-resistant plastic. Each one measures 4.5 inches in diameter.
With the help of these jumbo magnifiers, items are enlarged 4.5 times. While the chunky handles are easily gripped by little hands, the Learning Resources magnifiers also boast integrated stands. As such, children can prop their glasses on the table or floor for hands-free viewing sessions. If you’re looking to host a large group of curious kiddos, the Learning Resources Jumbo Magnifiers are an excellent option.
Age: 3 years and up
Material: Durable plastic
Magnification: 4.5x magnification
Size : 4.5 inches in diameter, 8 inches long
Joyjoz Adventure Kit
This comprehensive Joyjoz Adventure Kit
Age: 36 months to 12 years
Accessories: Seven-piece gift set includes binoculars, magnifying glass, LED flashlight, compass, safety whistle, carry backpack, and bug guide
Dicfeos Shatterproof Magnifying Glass
Best Budget Buy / Best Shatterproof Magnifier
The Dicfeos Shatterproof Magnifying Glass is the perfect tool for a budding backyard scientist. The durable plastic lens measures 3.5 inches in diameter. A soft, rubbery frame eliminates hand slippage while increasing comfort. The star of the show is the 3.5x magnifying lens, which is made from reinforced, scratch-resistant, shatterproof glass. Unlike easily distorted plastic and resin eyepieces, the Diceos offers a lifetime of crystal-clear viewing sessions.
This item is roughly 7 inches long and weighs a little more than 6 ounces. As such, it’s the perfect tool for a small exploration bag or your kiddo’s back pocket. Keep in mind that this incredible magnifier is only available in black and green.
Age: 5 and up
Material: Plastic, rubber, glass
Magnification: 3.5X magnification
Size : 2.95 inch diameter glass lens
iMagnify's Magnifying Glass
Best for Kids and Adult
Your little one will be thrilled to see bugs and other specimens light up before their eyes. This incredible little magnifying glass boasts two bright white LED lights for enhanced viewing sessions. A trio of interchangeable lenses offers magnification rates from 2.5 to 16 times. A simple one-button release system serves as a substantial foundation for self-assisted learning.
This is an outstanding tool for kiddos who want to examine the finer details of their findings. The complimentary cleaning cloth and storage bag will teach your children to handle their science tools responsibly. The iMagnify magnifier is suitable for people of all ages.
Age : 5 and up
Material: Plastic and ABS
Magnification: 2.5X, 5X, and 16X magnifications
Size : 1.5-inch, 3-inch, and 3.5-inch lenses
Accessories: Cleaning cloth and micro fleece carrying pouch
Melissa & Doug Petals Flower Magnifyer
Best for Girls
Are you looking to foster your little princess’s love of the natural world? This Petals Flower Magnifying Glass is the perfect tool for watching flowers grow. It boasts a durable plastic construction and a shatterproof lens. Double magnification brings unseen details into focus.
The beautiful pink and green styling makes this a much more personal item. There is even a little green daisy charm that dangles from the base of the handle. Melissa & Doug is one of our all-time favorite toy manufacturers, and this Connecticut company didn’t let us down with their flower power magnification device.
Age : 4 and up
Magnification: 2X magnification
Size: 1.5 inches thick, 10.5 inches long, 5.25 inch lens
Hape Nature Detective Set
Best Eco-Friendly Magnifying Glass
The Hape Nature Detective Set is an eco-friendly magnifying glass that’s perfect for future park rangers. It comes with a two-toned bamboo and sugarcane-derived plastic whistle and matching magnifying glass. Both of the toys feature handy orange wrist straps. The lens magnifies objects to four times their original size. Your curious kiddo will love getting a closure look at everything from bugs to foliage. Even dew drops look great under Hape’s natural magnifying glass.
Age: 5 years and up
Material: Sustainable bamboo and Green PE
Magnification: 4X magnification
Accessories: Comes with a two-toned whistle
Kadoan Mahogany Magnifying Glass
Best Classic Magnifying Glass
Looking for a product that closely resembles the gadget on the cover the Clue? Look no further than this gold-framed mahogany magnifying glass. Offering 10-times magnification and a luxurious study-approved aesthetic, the Kadoan is a superb pick for the budding scholar in your family. Does your little one enjoy dusting up clues in their big brother’s bedroom? Are they constantly searching for lost objects? There aren’t many classier ways to go about Hardy Boys-style sleuthing.
Age: 8 years and up
Material: Mahogany, gold-tone metal frame, plastic lens, fabric storage bag
Magnification: 10X magnification
Size : 6.4 inches long, 3.2 inches in diameter, and 0.4 inches thick
Accessories: Storage sack
Learning Resources Jumbo Magnifiers – Best Overall
After testing out dozens of children’s magnifying glasses, we’ve concluded, that this pick that features scratch-resistant, shatterproof lenses are enough to earn this product our editor’s seal of approval.
Joyjoz Adventure Kit – Upgrade Choice
Our upgrade choice awardee is a comprehensive adventure kit that will have your child exploring the unknown regions of your backyard.
Dicfeos Shatterproof Magnifying Glass – Best Budget Buy
Unlike easily distorted plastic and resin eyepieces, our budget buy awardee offers a lifetime of crystal-clear viewing sessions.