Monday, July 23, 2012

Never Stop Learning: Educational Insights *Sponsor Spotlight*


     When I first signed up for the Never Stop Learning Event I knew there were a couple of companies that I just had to include.  And one of those companies was Educational Insights.  I love all the great learning materials they have available on their site.  Then came the hard part to really pick an item to feature.  As I was looking through their site I was immediately draw to the science section.  I just knew I had to try the GeoSafari Vega 360 Telescope.

     John and Jayden often enjoy looking at the stars and the moon in the sky.  Well, we all three do actually.  But many times John will take Jayden out after dark and they will talk about what they see.  Jayden has always loved to look for the moon and identify what shape it is, full circle, half circle, crescent, etc.  So getting this telescope I knew I could help Jayden to extend his learning and John will 'Never Stop Learning'.  So it fit perfect for this event.

     The GeoSafari Vega 360 Telescope is technically for 8 years and up.  Jayden is only half that age, but with adult supervision he is able to use the telescope just fine.  The telescope is durable and lightweight.  Young scientists can explore nature around them from things like birds, small animals, to the stars and the moon and much more.  The telescope includes 50mm achromatic objective lens, all-glass optics.  You can see up close clear images at 20x to 80x magnification with the rack and pinion focusing.  It includes a table-top tripod to help it to steady during use.  It has an easy to use refractor design and includes two interchangeable eyepieces and an image erector for viewing live subjects.

     When we received this in the mail Jayden ran out to pick up the box at our door.  He loves to get deliveries and wave at the UPS man if we are home when he brings items.  Jayden immediately knew from the box that it must be for him, because the box said Educational Insights and had the logo.  We have been lucky enough to get many products from them and he knows the symbol and name.  He wanted to open it up right away to see what it was.  As soon as I opened the box he began to jump up and down.. "Mommy its a telescope.  Now I can look at the stars and the moon!"  He was so excited.  He wanted to put it together right away.  As I began to get it together for him John and my mom both showed up about the same time.  I handed it over to John to finish putting together.  John was also immediately excited.  They made plans to use it that night to see the moon.  Unfortunately, the moon was not out.. it was a cloudy night and for many days we had no moon in sight.  This made it difficult to use the telescope.  We took the telescope in the backyard and used it to look at the tops of trees and try to find birds.  We didn't find any birds, but Jayden loved finding the trees and seeing the leaves at the top so close.

     So tonight there was finally a sliver of a moon out.  So John and Jayden took the telescope out to look.  unfortunately no matter which lens he used John was not able to focus in real good on the moon.  We could see the bright light of the moon, but nothing as close as we'd like.  Maybe it will work better when the moon is full or closer to it.

Buy it:  GeoSafari Vega 360 Telescope $49.99

Win it:  One (1) Arizona Mama Reader will win the GeoSafari Vega 360 Telescope in the Never Stop Learning Event. 



For some EXTRA ENTRIES in the Never Stop Learning Event.. please comment below with another Educational Insights Product you'd love to own.  Must comment on this post and then claim your entries on the Never Stop Learning main post rafflecopter.  

Thank you to Educational Insights for sponsoring this review and giveaway.  
I was provided the above mentioned product for review purposes.  I was not compensated in any way.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced.  disclosure
     

19 comments:

  1. I really like the Grandma's Trunk™ Alphabet Game.

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  2. other than the telescope ,i like the Phonics Pad

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  3. I love GeoSafari® Jr. BugWatch™
    for boys it is great!
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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  4. All of my grandchildren would love this. I also like their Bean Bag Toss. dwelchert@yahoo.com

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  5. I'd love the word building dominos too!
    hungrymonkey09 at gmail dot com

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  6. I also like the GeoSafari® DuoVision™

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  7. GeoSafari Talking Globe. I've been drooling over it for a long while now.
    Tiffany
    http://thecraftyhome.net

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  8. I'd like the GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope.
    tvpg at aol dot com

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  9. I like the Geo Safari Talking Globe
    marypopmom@yahoo.com

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  10. I like the Design & Drill® Activity Center

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  11. My soon is so taken by the moon and all of its phases, hes always talking about the night sky and wanting to get a close look. This would be a great addition to quench the thirst of his curiosity.

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  12. The bean bag toss looks great too!
    Marysa {at} marysa {dot} com

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  13. I really like the Geo Safari Talking Globe

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  14. GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope
    ehes15@gmail.com

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  15. The GreenThumb Classroom Greenhouse looks very nice!

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