Magnify This!

The concept of using glass or raw minerals to magnify objects has been around since the first century. Both the Romans and Egyptians have records of using gems and minerals to help them see both far away and small objects more clearly. But it wasn't until the mid-1200s when it is believed Roger Bacon, a professor at Oxford University, created the first formal magnifying glass for scientific use. Since then, the magnifying glass continues to be a useful tool for people of all ages!

A statue of Roger Bacon and his diagram and description of optics. "Roger-bacon-statue". Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons. 

A statue of Roger Bacon and his diagram and description of optics. "Roger-bacon-statue". Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

ACTIVITY

Go forth and magnify!

The most obvious activity can sometimes be the most fun and perfect to explore! Grab a magnifying glass and go see what you can see! Identifying and studying objects under magnification inside and outside of your home can provide hands-on lessons about patience, deduction and observation among the grander topics of nature and texture. If you're feeling ambitious, being a sketchpad and some crayons or colored pencils and see if your kids are inspired to try and draw the magnified items they discover.

If your child is brandy new, even just interacting with a magnifying glass to show how it causes distortion and makes funny faces easy is a good thing. If anything, you'll have fun while your baby watches and interacts with you smiling and having a good time being playful.

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