I have a 7 year old daughter who thinks that this microscope is the coolest Christmas gift she received. It's easy to use and works really well. I, myself, having worked in an environment where microscopes were used on an hourly basis am very impressed with how well this microsope actually works. I would suggest finding glass slides and coverslips if you decide to try and make any permanent slides of your own. The ones supplied in the kit are plastic which are fine for limited use. With repetative use they will get scratched and unusable (lots of use - class room or home school setting). The premade slides that come with the kit are high quality and making your own slides is as simply as it should be. I would recommend this product highly.