Why? How much? What? How? Anyone who has children of kindergarten or elementary school age is overwhelmed with questions almost every day. And that's natural, because children are now at an age where they want to know why the world is what it is. But as parents you don't always have the answer ready - and even if you do: There is nothing wrong with letting the offspring find the answers to their questions for themselves. Encourage your children to research and let them discover everyday phenomena for themselves.
We have a few ideas and tools, for example: With our special Bresser Junior program, we are dedicated to the young nature lovers and scientists of tomorrow. With our products, which were specially developed for children's hands, the little ones discover the world. Our motto is: Children should not only watch the grown-ups and be explained, but try out and experience for themselves.
Great researcher videos to be copied explicitly
An organization that thinks very similarly to us is the Society for Environmental Education Baden-Württemberg eV. The association supports educators to find out about scientific and environmental educational topics and recently has its own YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCotQdo7hOWcKl_hNMvuL79A) with great research videos for children and adults that we can only recommend to you. There are great experiments to imitate on many different topics from physics, biology and chemistry.
Water flea, crystals and early bloomers under the "magnifying glass"
It goes without saying that we actively support the association. Our researcher Trino Microscope (https://www.bresser.de/en/Microscopes-Magnifiers/BRESSER-Researcher-Trino-40-1000x-Microscope.html?listtype=search&searchparam=researcher) provides the makers with valuable help in the field of biology, for example, when it's about making everyday things visible: the water flea, for example, that lives in our ponds and lakes. The animals can be observed very well with the naked eye. Under the microscope, however, you can clearly see the beating heart, the brain, the fine bristles on the oar antennas, and, if you're lucky, even eggs in the brood chamber. Curious? Then click here on the YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/watch;
You probably know crystals too - maybe your mother has jewelry with crystal stones, maybe your parents or grandparents have brought crystals as a souvenir from a vacation. But you certainly do not know the tiny little crystals that are sometimes around you. The GUB took a close look at these small crystals with our researcher Trino microscope and published a video about them. In it, the research team also explains how you prepare the specimens for the microscope - for example, make crystals from vitamin C yourself. You can even color the crystals if you want. Sounds exciting, doesn't it? Then check out more here: www.youtube.com/watch
Tulips, daffodils and crocuses make our gardens and parks beautifully colorful in spring when the bushes and trees are still bare. These early bloomers shine towards us in many bright colors and announce the warm season of the year. But have you ever seen these flowers under a microscope? You can see them from a completely different, new perspective on the GUB YouTube channel: Immerse yourself in the colorful splendor and marvel at tulips, grape hyacinths, daffodils and crocuses. Detects, for example, dust bags, pollen and even the cell vacuoles that contain the colors of the flowers: www.youtube.com/watch;
Microscopes: Portals to an Invisible World
Such a microscope is like a portal into an invisible world that is right in front of our eyes. It satisfies spontaneous curiosity and makes children think. The great thing is: the microscope doesn't say: “That's because ...”, but rather it shows how things behave: that in a puddle or in the stale water of a flower vase it is teeming with life while the water in your bathtub is free from living beings.
From water droplets to textile fibers to hay infusion: simple preparations - great effect on little explorers
In fact, such a drop of water with all its creatures in it is incredibly interesting for the children. And not only that: Your own hair and your own oral mucosa are also exciting things that want to be examined under a microscope. Not to mention table salt or fibers from various textiles. We all notice the difference between a cotton sweater, a linen sheet and a silk scarf when we touch it - but this difference in fibers is also visible under the microscope.
But above all, such preparations are easy to make yourself without much effort. This is important because children have a hell of a lot of imagination and find their own preparations. Once they get a taste for it, everything becomes interesting and needs to be explored.
And dear parents: No, it doesn't have to be the Researcher Trino mentioned above for your own home use, even if it is a really good microscope for high demands. Our Bresser Junior student microscope Biolux SEL (https://www.bresser.de/en/Junior/Microscopy/BRESSER-Junior-Student-Microscope-BIOLUX-SEL.html) gives a clear view of the exciting world of the microcosm.
Many more experiments in our experiment collection
But back to the many great experiments, of which we have amply compiled on our Bresser homepage. Here you can go directly to our collection of experiments for microscopes: www.bresser.de/c/de/support/ratgeber/mikroskopie/experimente-sammlung/
Here, for example, children learn how super easy and interesting a hay infusion is. And they are always amazed at what is crawling around in it: Simply pour a small handful of hay or dried up grass, leaf litter or a little moss with water and let it stand for a few days. Because during this time the organisms contained therein (bacteria, algae, protozoa) come to life. And from day to day an increasingly diverse community of countless organisms develops. How such a hay infusion is made, which living things develop and what else can be discovered under the microscope, we have compiled as an experiment "hay infusion under the microscope" (https://www.bresser.de/c/en/support/ratgeber/mikroskopie/heuaufguss/).
Speaking of lichens and mosses: Freshly collected, they are always very interesting objects, as they contain many small creatures that will provide one or the other Ah and Oh. Children can pluck individual, thin flakes of moss better than we adults anyway, and when viewed in a drop of water under a microscope, these flakes are definitely more interesting than onion skin - nothing against onion skin, but first of all it is part of the standard repertoire in biology classes and anyway second, it just doesn't move. Completely different from, for example, saltwater shrimp, which children can even breed themselves. You and your parents can find out how this works and how you can watch the larvae move through the salt water with the help of their hair-like growths in our collection of experiments: www.bresser.de/c/de/support/ratgeber/mikroskopie/experimente-sammlung/
And now have fun copying, discovering and being amazed!