Nov 192010

Smart Lab Indoor/Outdoor MicroscopeMy oldest son loves everything about science and biology, and he is always investigating something. When he discovered the Indoor/Outdoor Microscope from SmartLab, he immediately added it to his Christmas wish list.

The Indoor Outdoor/Microscope from SmartLab is a great tool for any budding scientist or biologist, and the coolest part is that it can transform from an indoor labaratory microscope to an outdoor explorer scope. The prepared slides that come with the kit includes dragonfly with wings, silver berry scaly hair, fruit fly and an honeybee leg.
Indoor/Outdoor Microscope from SmartLab in Storage Case

Indoor Laboratory Microscope set up From SmartLab
The Indoor/Outdoor Microscope set from Smart Lab includes:
  • A 40X Microscope 
  • A Removable Stand
  • 4 Prepared Slides
  • 3 Blank Slides
  • 2 Vials With Lids
  • A Carrying Case
  • An Eyedropper
  • Tweezers 
  • A Lanyard For Easy Carrying Outside 
  • The Book Up Close and Personal by Shar Levine
The Outdoor Microscope from SmartLab
Take the Indoor/Outdoor Microscope outside in the lanyard to study plants and bugs up close. It is great to bring along on any outdoor excursion such as a trip to the park, the beach, and it is small and lightweight so it would work great for a hike as well. My  eight-year-old son cannot wait to bring the Indoor/Outdoor microscope with him on our next camping trip.
You can gather samples from outside and carry them home in the vials. When you get indoors you can transfer the sample to the slides, and it is easy to attach the microscope to the microscope stand to transform it into a laboratory microscope.
My four-year-old is eager to use his older brother’s indoor/outdoor microscope, but there is a reason why it is recommended for ages 8 and up. The microscope itself seems sturdy, and it is easy to use, but once you add it to the microscope stand, it becomes more technical and therefore also fragile. It is perfect for my eight-year-old son, and he loves studying the bugs and leaves from outside up close. 
Up Close And Personal by Shar Levine
The book Up Close and Personal by Shar Levine is great for teaching tweens about their new microscope and how to use it through easy understandable explanations and colorful images. It also provides lots of interesting facts and ideas for how to use the Indoor/Outdoor Microscope to investigate.
Great Things About the Indoor/Outdoor Microscope from SmarLab
  • It is versatile
  • It transforms easily from an indoor to an outdoor microscope.
  • It has everything a young biologist need to use to study his or her surroundings.
  • The outdoor microscope is lightweight and has a carrying string.
  • It comes with a storage case.
  • The kit comes with a LR4I button cell battery.
  • The Up Close and Personal book is a great guide that can teach tweens about their new microscope and how to use it.

Not so great things about the Indoor/Outdoor Microscope
  • The microscope stand is fragile and should be handled with care
About SmartLab:
SmartLab is a phenomenal company that makes fun award-winning educational toys for kids. They understand that kids are curious by nature, and through their more than 50 fun exploration and science kits, design studios and more they help kids use their creativity and get in touch with their curios side. 
SmartLab recently re-designed their website, and it is now easier than ever to navigate, find great educational toys and get inspiration for ways to inspire curious minds. 
Buy It
You can find the Indoor-Outdoor Microscope from SmartLab at, and at Barnes and Noble stores.

Win It

Giveaway Closed: 

Giveaway Winners Will Be Announced Here

SmartLab is generously giving away one Indoor-Outdoor Microscope kit to one of Frugality Is Free’s readers as part of the Holiday Gift Guide: The Family Holiday Wish List.


This giveaway will end Monday December 16th at 10 p.m. EST.  

The giveaway is open to U.S. residents 18 years old or older. I will chose the winner via, and the winner will be notified by e-mail. Make sure to leave your email, or have your contact available on your blogger site. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, and if there is no response another winner will be chosen. 

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary Outdoor-Indoor Microscope kit from SmartLab for the purpose of this review and giveaway. I did not receive any monetary compensation, and the opinions expressed in above have not been influenced in any way by other than my own experience with SmartLab’s products.

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