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The 3 Best Binoculars for Kids: Perfect for Hiking, Stargazing + More

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Here are our suggestions for the best pair of binoculars for kids.

When you're outdoors, a pair of binoculars is always useful — whether they're for hiking, birdwatching, or sporting events, it's one gift your little ones won't leave home without this summer. Between all the wildlife, stars, and scenic views they can see up close, a pair of binoculars will give them an opportunity to learn and explore. If your backyard attracts birds or wildlife, let the kids enjoy the view from binoculars. This will give them the chance to learn that we don't want to get too close to wildlife (even when they approach our homes), and you can help them identify what animals are living in their backyard. Many children also love using them for stargazing, trips to the zoo, the wildlife sanctuary, or to a preserve.

Older children will also enjoy their binoculars if you take them along on fishing or hunting trips and employ their help looking for game or spotting preferable locations. All of these suggested binoculars are ideal for younger kids and teens — see our picks below.

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1. Best for Younger Children

Scotamalone Kids Binoculars Shock Proof Toy Binoculars Set

Scotamalone Kids Binoculars - Amazon, $8.99

These toy binoculars are ideal for younger children around toddler ages — and they're under $10. Older kids probably won't enjoy these as much, but tiny kiddos who need an introduction to binoculars will. As for the quality of these binoculars, the 4x magnification will get preschoolers excited for views of birds, mountains, and even bugs! It's also a really comfy pair with soft eyecups and a soft rubber coating that will make them easy for small hands to hold. The lightweight binoculars weigh less than a pound and are brightly colored so they won't lose them. You'll receive one pair of binoculars, one carrying bag, a neck strap, and one wiping cloth to keep the binoculars clean. The pocket-sized binoculars can be adjusted to fit any little pair of eyes.

Take a look at this example from Binoculars Guides. These are 4x magnification, so two measurements above the naked eye.

2. Best for Big Kids

OBUBY Real Binoculars for Kids

OBUBY Real Binoculars for Kids - Amazon, $23.99 

These foldable binoculars are a step above the previously-mentioned toddler binoculars. They're high-quality binoculars, easy to focus, and can be adjusted by turning the center knob. The description claims you'll be able to see the leaves of a tree up to 122 feet away. For under $25, you'll get a pair that has 8x magnification (twice the magnification of the option above) and creates clear, crisp images. The compact binoculars are shock-proof, which is great for kids who may be rough with their outdoor gear. Another major perk: a carrying case is included, and the plastic binoculars come in over 10 different colors.

3. Best for Teens

occer Compact Binoculars

occer 12x25 Compact Binoculars - Amazon, $35.99

These binoculars have 12x magnification and are at an affordable price point —  making them our best pick for older kids and teens. The high-powered large eyepiece binoculars have 25mm objectives lenses and a wide field of view (263 feet per yard). You'll have a crisp and clear image and are waterproof with low light night vision, making these perfect for water fun this summer. The binoculars are made of ABS plastic and come with a handy strap so that you can use them near water or while hiking. We love that these are also adjustable for glasses wearers, so consider these for your teen if they don't wear contacts.