My grandson is 2 and 1/2 years old and loves to go birding with me.
Is he too young to use bins and if not what would be available for him and age appropriate?
Your input and suggestions are much appreciated.
Thanks for your inquiry regarding binocular for young children.
Our manager, Ben has two daughters, 10 and 13 now, but started them on binoculars when they were about 6. That was the youngest age he thought they could grasp the concept that the idea of the binoculars wasn’t just the binoculars themselves, but the things we could see when using them.
When it comes to kid's binoculars, the idea is to provide them with something as user friendly as possible. This would be something easy to hold, line-up to their eyes, and find/follow wildlife with. Ideally, you’d want a binocular with a single center hinge (as opposed to many of the compact models which each barrel hinges to fold in on itself) and with low magnification.
A good, inexpensive kid’s binocular that we’ve found to be effective is the Leupold BX-1 Yosemite 6x30 Binocular.
The least expensive binocular we stock is the Eagle Optics Energy 8x21.
If there is anything else we can help you with, just let us know.