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Our tip for the autumn holidays: Discover the microcosm

On the trail of the colourful autumn with the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC microscope 40x-800x

When events are increasingly cancelled in many places due to the corona pandemic, or when the planned autumn holidays are cancelled, the autumn holidays need not be boring.

Together with your children, examine various objects from nature with a powerful microscope that is suitable for children. Because a 400x magnification of everyday objects opens up completely new insights for children from primary school age. The National Geographic Microscope 40x-800x, for example, not only impresses with its cool design, but also with its many accessories that make it easy to get started in microscopy. These include preparations such as yeast and primeval crustaceans, as well as empty cover glasses and microscope slides for your own preparations. The motifs can be enlarged from 40 times to a maximum of 800 times.

In addition to this box of specimens, the set also includes dissecting cutlery, which children can use to make their own specimens quickly and easily. Clear: Onion skin, shavings and thin slices of cork are always a good way to identify cell structures.

Observe colourful autumn leaves up close and discover veins and colour pigments

But when the colourful leaves fall from the trees in autumn, take a closer look under the microscope. You can already see a fine net on the leaves with the naked eye. These are the leaf veins through which water and nutrients are transported. Under the microscope, not only these veins, but also fine hairs and the colourful dye of the autumn leaves are clearly visible. To do this, clamp as thin a leaf as possible between two microscope slides and slide them into the holder under the objective. You will easily be able to make out the fine light-coloured veins of the leaves and the yellow, red and orange colour pigments.

Did you know that these colour pigments are already hidden in the leaves in summer? But then they are hidden by the green pigment chlorophyll, which the plants need to convert carbon dioxide into sugar and oxygen. But now in autumn, the plants break down this chlorophyll and store it in branches, twigs and roots until spring.

Take a closer look and you will also discover individual structures within the colourful areas that look like small islands attached to each other: These are the cells of your leaf!

Also observe through your smartphoneBy the way, dear parents: We supply the National Geographic microscope 40x-800x with an innovative smartphone holder. This allows children to observe objects through a smartphone and capture and share motifs with others.