15 Best Microscopes for Kids: Beginner Microscopes & STEM Kits

15 Best Microscopes for Kids

A microscope is the perfect gift if your son or daughter has an interest in science or you simply want to bring STEM learning home. Curious little minds will be amazed at what they can see with even a beginner’s microscope: tiny fossils, crystal structures in rocks, and up-close views of plants and insects. This list of fifteen great microscopes for kids has picks for children of all ages. Paired with the right instrument they might not even realize they’re learning something along the way!

  1. IQCREW 120X-1200X KID’S 85+ PIECE PREMIUM MICROSCOPE KIT - M40-K-MDM35

    This premium microscope and camera kit – an AmScope exclusive - includes over 85 pieces and comes with a rugged ABS plastic storage kit. From blank and prepared slides to tools, vials, and even experiments, this kit comes with everything your child needs to get started learning about microscopes and the world of microscopy. The upgraded all-metal frame microscope has high-quality optics to make viewing easy for your child. The instrument offers multiple magnifications, two light sources, and color filters so your child can view all types of specimens with this one microscope.Shop the 85+ Piece Premium Microscope at AmScope.



  2. KID’S PREMIUM PORTABLE LCD COLOR DIGITAL MICROSCOPE WITH 20X-1200X MAGNIFICATION - DM130

    Our Kid's Premium Portable LCD Color Digital Microscope is the perfect choice to get your child excited about investigating the microscopic world. Choose from three kits that dive into several scientific topics: inspire your child to learn more about rocks and minerals, fossils, or stamps from around the world. Our LCD color microscope comes with USB or TV cables to view images on a monitor, PC, or MAC, and a 16GB microSD card to store them.Choose from our three IQCrew Kits at AmScope.



  3. IQCREW 20X-50X KID'S PORTABLE DUAL-ILLUMINATION STEREO MICROSCOPE WITH TOOL KIT - SE102Z-KT1

    If you are looking for a fun and easy-to-use microscope for beginners, this is an excellent choice. This dual illumination stereo microscope with bottom and top light makes it easy to view slides and 3D objects. Begin with our brine shrimp experiment complete with eggs and hatchery kit to spark your child’s enthusiasm. Enjoy over 50 accessories such as prepared slides and tools for collecting your own specimens.Shop the Dual-Illumination Stereo Microscope with Tool Kit at AmScope.




  4. IQCREW SCIENCE DISCOVERY SERIES 40X-500X INVERTED MICROSCOPE WITH BLANK SLIDES & COVERSLIPS - IN50C-50P100S22-EXCL1

    Enjoy this microscope with high quality lenses that magnify from 40x to 500x with two eyepieces. The wider design allows you to explore a greater variety of specimens than conventional designs. Inspire your child with a range of beautifully illustrated cards full of tips, ideas, and experiments covering exciting topics sure to engage them for hours on end.Shop the IQCREW Science Discovery Series at AmScope



  5. DUAL ILLUMINATION MICROSCOPE WITH SLIDE PREP KIT AND EXPERIMENT CARDS (40X-1000X) - M50C-R14-EXCL1

    Start your child’s journey into the microscopic world with this easy-to-use microscope with features such as high-quality glass lenses capable of 1000X magnification. Explore a range of specimens with this high-powered dual illumination microscope. Use the top light for opaque objects and the bottom for slides and liquids. This kit comes with a selection of beautifully illustrated cards with dozens of activities for STEM education! If you are looking for one of the best microscopes for kids, this one offers hours of educational entertainment.Shop IQCREW’s Dual Illumination Microscope with Slide Prep Kit & Experiment Cards here.



  6. AMSCOPE 40X-1000X DUAL LIGHT ALL METAL MICROSCOPE WITH SLIDES AND MICROSCOPE BOOK - M162C-2L-PB10-WM

    Awarded 2018’s Best Students and Kids Microscope Kit, this all-metal microscope comes with a 10-piece slide set and an introductory book, “The World of the Microscope.” With 40x – 1000x widefield magnifications and dual LED lights, this microscope allows your child to thoroughly explore and be inspired by the world right beneath their eyes.Shop the AmScope 40x – 1000x Dual Light All Metal Microscope



  7. 40X-1000X 360-DEGREE ROTATING MONOCULAR HEAD LED MICROSCOPE + USB CAMERA + SLIDE PREPARATION KIT - M100C-LED-SP14-E

    With five magnification settings, this 360-degree rotating monocular head LED microscope provides your child with the opportunity to thoroughly examine the microscopic world in detail. Featuring a 640x480 USB camera for capturing photos and video, and slide preparation kit, this microscope is perfect for diving into the world of science.Shop AmScope’s 40x-1000x 360-Degree Rotating Monocular Head LED Microscope.



  8. 10X-200X 0.3MP HANDHELD USB DIGITAL MICROSCOPE WITH LED ILLUMINATION AND STAND - UTP200X003MP

    This USB digital microscope streams real-time video to your computer. Perfectly designed for beginners and hobbyists, it comes with a stand and hands-free option to maneuver around the specimen. Software is provided for Windows with advanced editing and measurement tools. Use this microscope for science experiments or repair jobs. The hands-free option gives your child the chance to get up close and personal with specimens of many sizes. One of the best microscopes for kids.Shop our 10x-200x 0.3MP Handheld USB Digital Microscope with LED Illumination at AmScope.



  9. 9. 1.2MP HANDHELD USB DIGITAL MICROSCOPE WITH LED ILLUMINATION BY Q-SCOPE - QS-LITE

    Encourage your child with this handheld digital microscope perfect for exploring the microscopic world from the palm of their hand. Lightweight with LED illumination and 1.2-megapixel imaging for optimized performance. With two stage magnification, enjoy 10x to 40x zoom, and 180x. By far one of the best microscopes for kids for its accessibility.Shop Q-Scope’s Handheld USB Digital Microscope with LED illumination



  10. IQCREW EARLY EXPLORER SERIES 20X-40X HANDHELD MICROSCOPE – HH24

    Inspire your child with this easy-to-use microscope designed to make learning fun. Pocket-sized and battery-operated, this microscope is the perfect beginner choice for your child as it allows them to carry the world of science in their pocket! With 60x – 120x magnification and built-in LED light, this microscope is a must-have.The IQCrew Early Explorer Series Handheld Microscope is the perfect first step for your child with Smartphone Mount, Slides and more. Shop yours at AmScope today.



  11. 11. IQCREW® 15X KIDS BEGINNER DO-IT-YOURSELF, BUILD AND LEARN MICROSCOPE WITH ACCESSORY KIT - MDIY40-B

    A build-it-yourself DIY compound microscope combines two great learning experiences in one. Build this microscope with your child and then use it to explore the world around you. With an 18-piece microscope, blank slides, labels, vials, tweezers, and more, this kit provides all the tools for embarking on a scientific journey.Shop the IQCrew 15X Kids Microscope at AmScope today.



  12. AMSCOPE 120X-1200X 52-PCS KIDS BEGINNER MICROSCOPE STEM KIT - M30-ABS-KT2-W

    A six-magnification beginner microscope with LED illumination is just the instrument to get your child interested in science. With 52 pieces in a portable accessory kit, your child can enjoy the convenience of taking their microscope wherever they’d like.This Kids Beginner Microscope STEM Kit is the perfect science partner. Shop your microscope here.



  13. IQCREW KIDS DELUXE STEM ALL METAL MICROSCOPE WITH 55+ PIECE ACCESSORY KIT AND CAMERA - M40-K-MDM35

    This deluxe 55-piece lab and science kit is sure to inspire your child. Featuring an all-metal frame and digital eyepiece camera, this bundle captures high resolution images and comes with engaging software. With lab slides, tools, an instruction manual, and a shrimp brine experiment to get you started, this kit will encourage your child to explore STEM.Shop this deluxe 55-piece All-Metal Microscope STEM Kit from AmScope today.



  14. IQCREW® KIDS 2X–16X PORTABLE SMARTPHONE MICROSCOPE WITH BONUS - 4 FREE PREPARED SLIDES- SPM216

    This handheld portable smartphone microscope with four prepared slides is lightweight, compact, and easy to use. Encourage your child with this convenient smartphone microscope compatible with iPhone and Android devices.Get this handheld Portable Smartphone Microscope with Four Bonus Slides from AmScope today



  15. AMSCOPE 100X-1200X LED KIDS BEGINNER MICROSCOPE TOY SET + SLIDES PREPARATION KIT - M28-KT1-W

    This is the perfect beginner compound microscope for students. It comes with LED illumination and 100x, 400x, and 1200x magnifications. Start your child with this toy set featuring prepared slides and watch as they delve into the wonderful world of microscopy.Shop this Beginner Microscope Toy Set with Preparation Slides from AmScope today Still undecided? Browse our entire selection of kid’s microscopes.