Riley has always been inquisitive in nature and loved to learn new things…and that thirst for knowledge has only heightened since starting school this year. Which is something I’m secretly quite pleased about because I’ve always believed that curiosity is one of the most important skills i can teach him. Stimulating his curiosity enables him to continually learn, grow, explore and question the world he lives in.
He has recently become intrigued by planet earth and thanks to Oregon Scientific, he now has the world at the end of his fingertips in the form of the SmartGlobe.
The SmartGlobe is a really fun, interactive way for children to discover more about continents, capitals, population, currency, language, geography and more. It has 3 activity panels – featuring 19 exciting activities – that provide endless hours of informative audio content including some amazing facts about planet Earth.
Each activity panel is different and covers a different area of learning.
On the TOUCH panel, there are 13 different learning activities to choose from. To learn more about a specific country, you use the tip of the SmartPen to choose an activity and then use it again to touch an area of interest on the globe. This process can be repeated for all 13 activities.
Riley’s loved using the TOUCH panel to find out some amazing facts about each country and if I’m being completely honest, I’ve found it just as interesting myself. PLUS the SmartGlobe is updateable via the internet so the maps and information are always current and up-to-date.
Find and Compare
As you can see from the title, there are two different sections to this panel. The Find section includes 3 really fun games that challenge you to find as many continents, countries and capitals within a certain time frame. There’s also the Ultimate Challenge which mixes everything up.
At 4 years old I feel this section is a little too advanced for Riley, but I’m hoping as he becomes more familiar with the globe, he’ll feel more confident with these challenges. I do however think that they are perfect for children in KS1 or above at school.
The Compare section enables you to compare the population and area of two different countries on the globe.
This panel also has a volume control on it, but I haven’t needed to adjust it yet because the sound quality of the SmartGlobe is great and clear enough for the boys to hear and understand what is being said.
Riley is always asking me to point out where he lives on the globe – which is a really small area in comparison to some of the other countries – so this panel has come in really handy as it shows a much more detailed map of the UK, including all major cities.
The map tells some amazing facts and can be used in conjunction with the activities on the Touch panel so it allows him to explore the UK in much more depth.
- OID Smart Pen: a camera in a pen!
- Hours of educational content
- More than 250 countries to explore!
- Base with 3 activity panels including a local map
- Find and compare mode with 7 exciting activities
- Touch mode to discover more about continents, capitals, population, geography and much more!
- Up-to-date political map
- Local map for additional information on your country!
- Lots of quizzes in Ultimate Challenge mode
- RRP £59.99
One of the best things about the Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe is that it is ready to be played with straight out of the box – 3 AAA batteries are included and there is absolutely no assembly required. Secondly, it is quite large so there is plenty of room for more than one child to sit and explore planet earth without squabbling and arguments. While my two generally tend to share, they do have the odd territorial fall out over toys so this is a big positive for me.
I love the fact that you can spin the SmartGlobe and have easy access to all 250+ countries and that all place names are printed clearly in uppercase letters. Major cities are marked with a black dot and capital cities are marked with a star for easy recognition so it’s made it much easier for me to explain and teach Riley the difference between the two.
The 3 panels allow complete exploration of the world and children are able to acquire an extensive amount of information and facts through 19 fun learning activities. Riley’s particularly enjoyed hearing the national anthems being sung.
The SmartGlobe really is the perfect fun, educational toy for budding explorers to discover more about the world they live in and would make a wonderful gift for children of all ages this Christmas.