One of my favorite toys last year was Jakks Pacific’s EyeClops, a magnifier that you can hook up to your tv and see anything really up close (your skin, the rug, anything that you can reach or bring to the EyeClops). Seeing your skin that blown up is really, really interesting (and delightfully gross). Everyone wanted to play with this product when we tested it.
This year the company is bringing out Eye Clops BioniCam that allows you to move around and capture images at 100x, 200x or 400x magnification. You can record the images and view them on the color LCD screen. Best yet, you can then take them back to your television or computer and look at the images on a larger screen. When hooked up to the computer you can print or email your discoveries. Fun for science projects! (Yes this is another USB opportunity!) The suggested age range is 6 & up–but I think it will be most enjoyed by the 9 & up crowd. Suggested retail is $79.99.
We look forward to testing this one!