One of my fondest childhood Christmas presents was a globe. I can remember spending hours looking at the different countries and realising just how small Great Britain was. That globe instilled a desire to go travelling to see what those countries actually looked like. When Oregon Scientific asked if we would like to review their Smart Globe I knew this would be an opportunity to pass down our family love of exploring the world to Adam.
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The Oregon Scientific Smart Globe is more than just a globe. It is an interactive learning tool that has so many options. It is certainly a toy that will be used throughout the years as Adam grows.
As soon as you remove the globe from its packaging it is ready to be used. There is no messing around trying to locate batteries. The globe is large yet the perfect size to be out on permanent display. It is controlled using a smart pen which is attached to the base. Through touching the base of the interactive globe with the pen can activate one of nineteen different games.
The up-to-date political map has more than 250 countries to explore. At the base of the globe there are three activity panels. Through the Touch panel you are able to explore the population, capital cities, area of countries and continents to language, currency and much more. It gives you endless educational entertainment with amazing facts about planet Earth and provides hours of informative audio content.
In the Find and Compare base there are several different quiz modes and the Ultimate Challenge mode for older children (and adults!). I already know that this will be Adams favourite section when he is a little older.
The Local Map base provides additional information on your country. Adam enjoys locating London and Birmingham that we regularly visit, although no cities in Norfolk or Suffolk are featured.
Although the globe is designed for slightly older children, four year old Adam loves exploring the different countries. He is able to operate the globe independently and already has his favourite games.
He loves both the “Name” and the “National Anthem” mode on the Touch base. Just watch Adam (and Grandad) dance away to the globe!
The globe is a great size to get several children around. The sound quality is good, although the start up song is a little noisy.
Adam can already reel a list of places he would like to visit. Brazil and Australia are certainly first on the list. The Oregon Scientific Discovery Smart Globe is certainly an amazing way to bring geography to life.
Disclaimer: We received the Oregon Scientific Discovery Smart Globe to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
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