When I was little, I had a globe. You could switch it on, and it would light up inside. That’s all it did, but I remember it very fondly. I used to sit and look at it, amazed at how much of our planet was covered in ocean, and just how tiny our little island is in comparison to the rest of the world.
Now, thanks to the Oregon Smart Globe Myth, which retails at £39.99, the boys have that same sense of awe and wonder about our world, and it’s really inspired a love of learning about the world in all three of them. Alex was given a set of stories set all over the world, and he immediately went to the globe to find out where those countries are.
The globe isn’t just a standard globe though – it has so many features! It shows all the countries, capital cities, and continents, as a regular globe would. When you turn it on, it lights up from the inside and shows 88 different constellations. Since having the globe, they love looking up in the sky and seeing if they can spot any of them! It’s not a bright light, so it’s lovely to have on in their bedroom in an evening while they are drifting off to sleep.
It also has lots of audio features. There are 12 stories about the constellations, 10 fairy tales, including Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Gingerbread Man, and 69 different facts about the earth. The boys love listening to them at bedtime.
As well as the day and night modes, and audio recordings, you can find out even more about the planet and the animals and landmarks on it, by using the free Smart Globe AR app, which is available for both iOS and Android. I haven’t been able to download it yet to my phone, but we are looking forward to trying it out once I have some space free!
The controls for the audio and light up features are on the base of the globe and are very simple to use. It can be powered by batteries (3 x AA, which is included), through USB (cable included) or by mains, but you do need to buy the plug for that.
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