As you may have gathered, I am a pretty big fan of any sort of educational toy. I really believe children learn best when they’re playing, and when they can access and do things themselves. Wicked Uncle got in touch last week and invited me to browse their online store to take a peek to see if there might be something I’d like to try out with the children.
It was a tough choice to narrow down our selection! First up, the Wicked Uncle site is really well set out and very clear. I accessed it on my mobile first of all and found it really easy to navigate, then again on the laptop later in the evening. It’s fresh and clear and clutter free and you can search for items along various lines, either by category, age or those items that are popular.
I decided to take a look at the ‘engineer’ and ‘brainiac’ sections and I was really impressed with the items on offer – there really is something for everyone and it’s a great website if you’re ordering a gift for a family member. I know in the past I’ve used various websites to come up with ideas for family members and been none the wiser in what to buy. Wicked Uncle does a great job at showcasing some great gifts that are pretty unique – meaning that you’re reducing the risk of buying a duplicate gift! All items are set out in a really clear way with the price displayed clearly, it makes it easy to skim through and see what catches your eye.
After a short while I had narrowed our choice down to the Learning Resources coding mouse, the Zoomy digital microscope, the space explorer room projector or a science kit.
In the end we settled on the Zoomy handheld digital microscope. The order was dispatched the next day (and had I ordered earlier in the day it would have been dispatched the same day) and I was provided with text messages via Royal Mail telling me when the parcel was out for delivery – handy that it was a tracked item as I knew to wait in and save myself a trip to the sorting office.
It was well packaged and, helpfully, there wasn’t an invoice included which is perfect if you’re ordering and having it sent straight to the recipient (you can also opt for the item to be wrapped too).
So… what did we make of the Zoomy then? Well, I have to say it’s pretty impressive. If you (or your children) are familiar with Maddie Moate from CBeebies Do You Know, she has various ‘special cameras’ which she uses to explain things. Both Mr D and Miss E exclaimed that their new camera was just like Maddie’s and they were super excited to get looking at it.
Mr D and I looked at it first whilst Miss E was snoozing and I shared a short Facebook Live Video here if you want to see it in action. This really is the perfect item to get children interested in science and technology. It’s super easy to set up – simply download the software, plug it in via USB and away you go. Mr D was able to get the hang of it straight away, as the video shows, and yesterday we went for a short walk and gathered plenty of items to explore under the microscope.
The Zoomy also has the function to photograph what you’re looking at and we snapped some pictures of Mr D’s hair (below) and he was rather keen on exploring his chicken pox in more detail(!) You’ll be pleased that I’m not sharing that picture! I think the pic below isn’t bad a for a four year old and his first time using the microscope.
All in all I am really impressed with Wicked Uncle. I’m pretty well up (I think!) on the toys and such that are out there but prior to looking at Wicked Uncle I hadn’t seen this Zoomy microscope. Wicked Uncle has so many great gift ideas to suit all budgets and interests. The prices are comparable with the online giants of Amazon but their service is far superior. With Wicked Uncle you know that it’s being dispatched from the UK and it’s been dispatched quickly. It’ll certainly be a website I’ll look to for future ideas, for my own children and others too. I was really impressed at the different and unique items on offer and already have my eye on a few more things for birthdays later in the year.
I was given a voucher to spend at Wicked Uncle in return for this review. All words and opinons are my own.