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Nancy B's Science Club MoonScope and Sky Gazer's Activity Journal

Nancy B's Science Club MoonScope and Sky Gazer's Activity Journal

Spring 2013 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Educational Insights
Price: $49.99

Nancy B's Science Club Moonscope and Star Gazer's Activity Journal includes an aqua and purple telescope and paperback activity journal. There was very little assembly required, and our reviewer's six-year-old son was able to figure out assembly without direction.

Users are expected to observe the moon at night with the Moonscope, which has a magnification range from 18x to 90x, and enter their observations in the activity journal. Our reviewer's eight-year-old daughter enjoyed reviewing the activity book, and has begun to fill in the book with the observations she's made. Even after using the Moonscope for a week, she is still excited to spend more time learning about the different moon phases introduced in the easy and fun-to-read guide.

Though assembly is easy, do note that the Moonscope requires batteries. The batteries power a red light positioned beneath the Moonscope, which children can use to illuminate their activity journal without over-lighting the night sky. The need for batteries was listed on the box, but it was in very small print on the back that some might miss.

The Moonscope and activity journal will inspire children to learn more about the night sky. Some of the astronomy words in the activity book were difficult to read, but the pictures are helpful and the book itself is an engaging introduction to the subject.

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