Review: Build Your Own Kits – Telescope

Build Your Own

During the first lockdown, it really hit home how much our day-to-day lives has been affected the environment that we live in, so as a family we have been making a real effort to reduce our plastic usage.

One area that is more problematic than others is kids toys, as they are normally made and packaged with plastic.

Now, Build Your Own Kits have a launched a range of eco-friendly toys, including a Paper plane Launcher, Microscope, Marble Run and Telescope which are made from high quality sustainable cardboard.

These fabulous gadgets are not only fun to build, but the are educational and STEM focused gadgets that don’t cost the earth and for that extra special gift, they have just teamed up with Not on the High Street to offer personalised versions of their products.

Eliza's Telescope

We were invited to build their personalised Build Your Own Working Telescope, which comes with a glass optic lens which has an incredible x16 magnification.

Eliza was really excited to get started, especially when she realised that the telescope is personalised with her name.

Build Your Own Telescope

There are clear and easy to follow instructions on how to build the telescope, but it definitely isn’t a one person job – especially when trying to build the section that hold the mirror. Older children might find it easier though.


It is constructed using slot-together techniques, so there’s no glue, no mess, no fuss and once built, the telescope feels really sturdy and easy to use.

Eliza's Telescope

There is a hand degree finder to adjust the height of the telescope, a spotting tube to line it up and the main focus tube extends to 72cm.

Telescope Eliza

The telescope is perfect for spotting wildlife from the bedroom window or for looking at the moon, but you would need something more powerful to see the stars.

Eliza's telescope

It is a lovely project for kids to do and is perfect for lockdown or the Christmas holidays!!

The Personalised Build Your Own Telescope has an RRP of £21.99 and is available from Not On The High Street.

Disclaimer: We were sent the Personalised Build Your Own Telescope to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

15 thoughts on “Review: Build Your Own Kits – Telescope

  1. What a wonderful idea to do! Never thought about the one you can build yourself, my son would love to build a telescope.
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  2. This sounds like a great concept.i always prefer toys that offer an educational value and these kits are great. The telescope looks so nice and sturdy too.

  3. Wow this looks amazing, this is the sort of thing my kids would have loved when they were younger

  4. Jenny says:

    We love eco-friendly toys like this, this sounds lots of fun to build and play with.

  5. Melanie williams says:

    Now this looks like a fun bit of kit for sure. This would make the most perfect gift for my friends little boy xx

  6. Helen says:

    Wow what a fun idea! I love how it brings science to life for children 🙂

  7. Yeah Foodie says:

    We have this exact same kit and totally love it. It was a great way for us to spend time as a family building it and getting our children’s creativity soaring

  8. This looks like such a cool kit! The idea of building your own telescope is brilliant – my son would definitely have loved this when he was younger!

  9. Such a fab idea! Jack loves building things and has a thing about telescopes so I could definitely see him enjoying putting this together


    Oh wow, that is a really great hands on gift. My kids would love making one!

  11. Claire says:

    This is such a great idea! I hate how much packaging that comes along with them.

    Brilliant concept x
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  12. LaaLaa says:

    I always wanted a telescope growing up and how cool is it that you can make your own now. This would be a fun activity for kids to do from start to finish x

  13. Sarah Bailey says:

    OK now this is pretty awesome I have to admit I didn’t know you could get kits to build your own, how fun would it be to build it and then use it – definitely something to be proud of.
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  14. This looks really amazing. Who would have thought that you could actually build your very own telescope!
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