Noah is obsessed with space, he knows some incredible facts. He really enjoys science too. Isla is also a huge fan of science. They both discussed how much they love maths and science at the weekend. Facts and information drives them and learning new things. They loved it when he received this Build your own microscope from Build Your Own Kits. They have a few different products including a telescope which I just know would love (great idea for Christmas). It is a great, sustainable, toy for any child and it uses less plastic – which is fantastic!

The first thing I want to say is how fab these kits are: no glue and no mess. Which is perfect as the kids can just build this anywhere. Everything you need is in the kit, including: instructions, pre-cut parts and the lenses/mirror that you need for the telescope. The finished microscope is perfect for investigating garden beasts, leaves and anything we collect on our dog walks!

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It is a great way for the kids to explore science, which they love. They were so excited to build it. The other great thing is that it takes him away from screen time! I would say it took about 4 hours to build and that was with a grown up helping, the kiddies got a little stuck along the way so we were on hand to support.


Once you build the microscope, you can use the dials to zoom up and down and see your specimen in more detail. It is amazing what you can see when you zoom right in. I love the fact you can use your iPhone light source to light up through the built in periscope. You simply place the tray underneath the lens and hey presto!

It is also able to transition into a handheld microscope – Noah loved taking this into the garden. So whilst I am getting the garden ready for Autumn, Noah is investigating what I find along the way.

What’s in the box?

You get:

  • 5 x press-out sheets (54-piece kit)
  • 1 x mylar mirror
  • 2 x acrylic lenses
  • 3 x trays 
  • Instruction sheet and how to use guide
  • Detailed video instructions available online at

Do you have any Build Your Own kits? I would love to know what you think in the comments below. Get your own microscope from the BYO website. This kit costs £16.99 and it was gifted in exchange for this review.

Here’s a few more photos of our BYO microscope adventure:

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Last Update: Wednesday, 21st October 2020