Binoculars for kids

Kids binoculars

Interesting things in nature are often difficult to reach, especially for small children. The birds in the sky, the squirrel on the tree, and the dog in the neighbor's yard. Binoculars give the youngsters opportunities to observe nature in a playful way.

Checklist for best kids binoculars

Children have closer eye relief and smaller hands than adults. To observe things from a distance, you need your own, small and handy binoculars.

Children's binoculars create 3 to 8 times magnification and are well suited for use in nature, e.g. B. to watch birds.

Minimum interpupillary distance should be less than or equal to that of children (53-57mm).

A non-slip surface and a carrying strap ensure a secure hold and easy handling. A central setting wheel enables quick, independent zoom changes and individual settings.

Kids binoculars v.s. mini binoculars

Kids binoculars Mini binoculars
very lightweight, also mini and compact very small and lightweight
child-friendly designs and colors Designs and functions are adult’s models
not suitable for adults also suitable for teenagers
maximum 8x magnifications Magnifications beyond 8x
Less insensitive to shaking Powerful but more sensitive to shaking
robust and non-slip


Why you shouldn't buy adult's binoculars for children

Children's binoculars are child-safe processing. Mini binoculars have small parts on the surface, which is not recommended for small children.

Children's binoculars are particularly shock-resistant. However, adults' binoculars are more sensitive to shocks. 

8x binoculars will also magnify the shaking to 8 times. For children's binoculars, a completely rubberized surface can help absorb the shocks.

We recommend kid's binoculars made of plastic for children from 3 to 8 years of age. Older children can use mini binoculars.

The best magnification for kids binoculars

Most children have little experience in using binoculars. In this regard, they are like adults who are just starting to use binoculars: they have difficulty locating an object in a small field of view.

Since a higher magnification restricts the field of view, binoculars with a lower magnification are recommended for beginners and children.

Most binoculars on the market have 8x or 10x magnifications. 5x and 7x binoculars are already referred to as "low" magnification. It is preferable to look out for magnification from 3x to 8x, as these offer the best ratio for children.

Diopter adjustment for children who wear eyeglasses

While a diopter adjustment is standard for adult binoculars, it is unfortunately rare for children's binoculars.

If your child wears glasses, you should make sure that the diopter can be adjusted. This is stated directly on the product page. With a diopter adjustment, your child can use binoculars without glasses. The adjustment wheels are located at the end of the eyepiece so that the adjustment can be made directly when looking through.

Interpupillary distance for kids binoculars

The interpupillary distance is the distance between the two eyepieces. 

Children, especially if they are not yet 10 years old, usually have a pupillary distance of 53-57mm. Very small children are even only 50mm. 

The majority of adult binoculars on the market have an interpupillary distance of 60 - 70mm. Obviously, this is not suitable for small children.

Useful accessories for care and storage

Storage bag: offers protection from dust, dirt, and weather when children are being outdoors and when not in use.

Lanyard: carrying strap is convenient for fastening around the neck to prevent the binoculars from being lost or dropped. Also, children can have their hands free when going up a hill or a tree for a better view.

Cleaning cloth: the lenses on children‘s binoculars should be cleaned regularly with a soft cleaning cloth.

Instructions: helps children to use the device independently and appropriately.

Benefits of kids binoculars

Parents are aware of the fact that children spend a lot of time sitting in front of the television or computer. A pair of binoculars will get your children excited about outdoor activities and encourage them to explore the fun of nature.