Kids binoculars are a must have for your budding explorers outdoor expeditions. A pair of binos will add to their overall experience and help make them feel like a real scientist. There are a few thing to consider when choosing a pair of binoculars for your child.
Your child’s age is an important factor; younger children may struggle to use ‘real’ binoculars. A simple pair of ‘toy’ binoculars may provide just enough magnification without causing eye strain. Kids binoculars have important features for younger children, like durability (protection, especially from drops), safe and comfortable eye-pieces, breakaway lanyards for safety, and small, lightweight design that is easy to hold and will fit a child’s face. Older children may be looking for a more functional pair of binoculars with higher magnification for use at sporting events, hikes, and trips. Older kids will still benefit from feature like durable, lightweight design, simple focus, and eyepieces that adjust for fit.
Here are 11 pairs of kids binoculars that will be the perfect addition to your child’s next big adventure!
Best Kids Binoculars
BlueCabi 6x21mm Children Binoculars by Bresser are made especially with children in mind. Perhaps most importantly, they are made with a very durable, shock-proof material that will help protect from most drops and wear and tear from active, outdoor use. They are designed to be lightweight, so that little hands can hold them comfortably for long periods of time. These binos feature 6×21 magnification, and come with a carry bag that can be attached to a belt, a cleaning cloth, and a neck strap that adds another layer of protection from drops. A two year warranty guarantees against manufacturer defects.
HABA Terra Kids Binoculars are a great accessory for your child’s next outdoor adventure. With only 4x magnification, they are simple to use for younger children and provide younger children with a wild field of view that isn’t possible with higher magnification binoculars. Sturdy, durable construction stands up to use by active children and a neck strap adds security. They come with a handy neoprene carrying and storage case.
The Lucky Bums Youth Kids 10×25 Objective Power Lens Scout Bino Compact Binoculars offer a lot of value for the price. With 10x magnification, they have more power than some other kids binoculars. Sturdy construction featuring rubber-armored and water resistant casing makes these binos durable enough for regular use. The compact and foldable design is a perfect fit for child’s backpack and a great choice for travel. Their small size and lightweight (just 6.5 ounces) design is just the right fit for little hands and faces. They include a carrying case, cleaning cloth, and neck strap, as well as a limited lifetime warranty. Lucky Bums kids binoculars come in pink and green.
From a trusted manufacturer of kids toys and products, the Fisher-Price Kid Tough Explorers Binoculars have lots of features specifically for kids. Textured hand grips make them easy to hold on to and the focus knob is easy to find and is simple to manipulate. Soft rubberized eye pieces add comfort and the lenses have guard bumpers for protection from drops. In fact, these binoculars are made to withstand lots of drops and typical kid use. For added safety, the convenient neck strap has a breakaway feature.
Backyard Safari Field Binoculars are a great inexpensive option for young explorers. They aren’t the most powerful kids binoculars, but they will make your next backyard safari more exciting for your little one. Perfectly sized for kids’ hands and face, the also have rubberized hand grips that make them easy to hold and rubber eye cups for safety. They are durable and have the added bonus of being waterproof.
Though your kids will love their Ultra Compact Mini Folding Binoculars, you might find yourself ‘borrowing’ them and using them, too. Compact and foldable, they fit easily into a pack or purse and are the perfect companion for sporting events, hiking, and other outdoor adventures. With shock-proof, rubber armor casing and water-resistant construction, these are durable enough for steady use by both kids and adults. These are real binoculars, not toys, that are small enough and tough enough for kids, but have glass lenses and visual quality that can be appreciated by adults. They are backed by a one year warranty.
Designed with the littlest explorers in mind, Educational Insights 5260 GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars are the simplest to use binoculars on this list. They have large, super comfy eyepieces that have a ‘foolproof’ placement design, and feature focus-free magnification. There’s no adjusting eyepieces or twiddling with focus knobs just so that your child can see something. Kids can use these easily, all by themselves. The convenient carry strap has a breakaway for added safety.
OutNowTech Ultra Compact Folding Binoculars are ‘real’ binoculars, not toys, but may be a good choice for kids, especially older kids that are looking for true functionality with their binoculars. With their sturdy, durable design, you’ll feel confident handing them off to your younger children, as well. They are weatherproof for outdoor use in almost any conditions and are lightweight and compact, making them easy to take on trips and light enough for children to hold comfortably. The folding design adds to their convenience but also means they are adjustable in width and can fit both children and adults comfortably.
The Attcl® Beetle Mini Tough Binoculars for Kids have an adorable ladybug look and shape, but are also very functional. The rounded shape and rubber grips are easy for little hands to hold on to, and the soft rubber eye cups are comfortable and safe.
TOMO Aoneky 8 X 21 Orange Kids Binoculars come in fun, bright colors and have a sturdy rubber, no-slip design that is easy to hold on to. The optics quality is pretty good; these are real binoculars and not just a toy. They feature comfortable eye-pieces and a simple focus adjustment. These binoculars will even work in low light! They come with a convenient carrying case.
Have fun exploring the outdoors with the Learning Resources Primary Science Binoculars. These binos are designed for younger explorers. They feature soft rubber eyepieces, a simple focus knob, hand grips, and a breakaway lanyard for safety. Reviewers like these for young children because they are very durable and the magnification is fairly low, which is easier on the eyes.
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