Do you have kids that are curious, questioning, exploratory, and inquisitive? We should hone this skill whenever possible, and one positive way of doing that is to take interest in the great outdoors and everything that it has to offer. And one tool to help observation is a great pair of binoculars.
Now, we do not want to frustrate the child by having ill-fitting, inappropriate, or inadequate binoculars. So what are some appropriate choices? There are several binocular aspects you’ll need to consider.
First, make sure that they are age-appropriate for your child and that it is not too heavy, and composes clear images. If the set feels awkward, try another one. Ensuring a good fit in your child’s hands is crucial for long term enjoyment. It’s best to purchase a set with optics, which compose images that allows the child to easily recognize objects afar, e.g. an animal, butterfly or bird.
For a younger child (ages 4-8), consider the Audubon 7×18 mini. It is an affordable and versatile first binocular. They are bright and colorful and lots of fun! Kids from pre-school through the 3rd grade level will benefit most from this colorful piece; its size is compact enough that a child can easily hold it quite steady. It also has a wide field of view, and allows observation close up.
A good choice for 4th graders to junior high school kids would be the Vortex 8×32 Lightening, or even the 8×42 Vector binoculars by the Audubon company. The former is lightweight at just 17.4 oz, and has a great field of view of nearly 400 feet at a thousands yards; best of all, it’s both water proof and fog proof. It can be easily packed and stored (backpack or pouch), no matter where your adventures take you! The light full-sized Audubon is one that is also water proof and fog proof. It has the distinct advantage of allowing focus as near as 6 feet.
The Talon by the Stokes family is the best choice for those in high school. The Stokes name has been long associated with superiority for viewing afar and birding. The designers of a complete series of binoculars and spotting scopes, Mr. and Mrs. Stokes, are considered specialists in the birding field and the Talon binoculars are part of their intro models. It is strong, durable, fog and water proof, and full size. It provides clean, cool, crisp images due to the sophisticated and multi-coated lenses. The view is one of highest in the game, with over 400 feet field of view. You can also focus on images as close as four and a half feet. With these options, you can easily spot a bird afar or even a seasonal butterfly fluttering by. The possibilities are limitless.
The outdoors is meant to be discovered and enjoyed by the young and old alike. Experience the environment close up, with your family and friends, with your new set of binoculars. Binoculars can open up a door to a previously undiscovered world of nature and all that it has to offer. Take time to choose the right set of binoculars for your child, and start enjoying the wonders of the natural world.