Magnificent micros

Small things look really cool with a magnifying glass.

You'll Need

  • Magnifying glass


30 minutes

Learning Stages

By The guys at Today Is Fun
Daddy bloggers

"Today is Fun" provides free, fun and educational kids games and activities each day. The site is the product of two dads who are constantly trying to think up ways to entertain the kids in their families.

Every child should have a magnifying glass. A magnifying glass opens up a tiny world that, unless you are looking closely, would go completely unnoticed.

Start your magnifying glass experiments with salt and sugar. With the naked eye, both salt and sugar appear to be similar, but under the awesome power of a magnifying glass they could not be more different. Have your kids look at the salt and sugar on black paper for maximum contrast, and they will be amazed at the differences in shape and texture. If your kids are not old enough for this kind of experimentation, help them look at stamps, money, or even photographs under a magnifying glass's incredible power, and see what you have been missing. Then once they understand how a magnifying glass works, turn them loose to find their own small world.

Enjoy the small today!