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Paper Engine launches its eco-friendly Build Your Own Microscope

Paper Engine’s science toy brand Build Your Own has expanded its eco-friendly, STEM-inspired toy portfolio with the launch of its new cardboard Microscope kit, joining a range designed to encourage kids to immerse themselves in science and exploration.

Build Your Own toys have been designed to help capture active imaginations in a fun, engaging way in order to reduce screen-time and bring families together. The latest launch – the cardboard microscope – is a fully functioning microscope that slots together with no need for glue.

‘Everything you need is provided in the kit – simply follow the instructions: press out the pre-cut parts, add the lenses and mirror to create an impressive, portable microscope,’ read a press release. ‘Perfect for examining garden mini-beasts, leaves, feathers and more – you’ll be amazed at what you can see with the 30x magnification.’

Using the focusing dials, kids can adjust the zoom to reduce or increase the detail of specimens they are examining. They can then use the light source on a smart phone to light up the object through the built-in periscope. The kit also comes with a choice of three trays to use to hold different types of specimens on the microscope table.

The eco-friendly Microscope is made using sustainable cardboards and minimal plastics. Build Your Own’s company ethos is ‘Less plastic, paper fantastic!’

The Build Your Own Microscope is available from August and is suitable for children aged eight and upwards.

Build Your Own was created by Paper Engine, a UK-based team of paper engineers with decades of experience engineering pop-up books, direct mail pieces packaging and more. The team has worked on pop-up book projects for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

The team most recently partnered with Alton Towers to create an intricate pop-up book that marks ‘The World of David Walliams’ coming to Alton Towers in 2020.

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