\" \" Toy microscopes come in simple versions (for younger budding scientists) as well as more technically complex ones. Vanessa Davies/Getty ImagesA microscope allows kids to see things on a smaller scale and explore the elements that make up the world around them. While old-school microscopes got the job done, new models use digital technology to add some extra cool features that will appeal to the kids of today. Small digital models plug into a computer, making it easy to study and record observations at home. When choosing a microscope for kids, stick for monocular versions -- ones you look through with one eye -- as kids can have trouble focusing on other types of units.