50 Awesome Everyday Objects to Look at Under A Microscope

Are you searching for cool things to look at under a microscope?  Looking at everyday objects under a microscope can really change the way your kids look at the world.  

We love all science in our homeschool and whenever I make the effort to get the microscope out and set up nobody can resist the urge to look at different items.  Coming up with different things to look at can be difficult but here is a list of over 50 items.

Food Stuff

This is a great group to look at under a microscope and most of these items are probably in your pantry already.

  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Yeast
  • Chilli powder
  • Apple peel
  • Onion skin
  • Flour
  • Skin of a potato
  • Milk
  • A blue cheese such as stilton or Danish Blue
  • Tap water
  • Coffee grounds
  • Tea 
  • A tea bag
  • Fresh bread
  • Mouldy bread
  • Sugar
  • A red or green fresh pepper
  • The seed from inside a fresh pepper
  • Orange peel
  • Honey

Other Household Items

  • Cotton thread
  • Different types of paper
  • Lead of a pencil
  • Toothbrush bristles
  • Masking tape
  • Hand gel
  • Washing up liquid
  • Piece of a washing up sponge
  • Play dough
  • A piece of cloth
  • Wool
  • Ball point pen tip
  • Chalk

Outside Items

  • Blade of grass
  • Soil
  • Leaf
  • Dead bug
  • Feather
  • Sand
  • Wood
  • Bark of a tree
  • Rust on a piece of metal
  • Rope
  • Flower petal
  • Flower stem
  • Roots of a flower
  • Moss

Gross Items

All kids and a lot of adults love looking at gross items under a microscope and here is a list of some of the items that we have looked at.

  • Nail clipping
  • Ear wax
  • Bogey
  • Blood
  • Used bath water
  • Spider web
  • Skin
  • Saliva
  • Dust
  • Hair from a hairbrush
everyday items to look at under a microscope

Hope you and your kids have fun looking at all these different items under a microscope.

Looking for more science fun be sure to check out these quick and easy science experiments.

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  1. This is fascinating!! I’ve always wanted to look at stuff under a microscope like this.

    1. Thanks Megan, it can be fun looking at things under a microscope.