Monday, December 8, 2008

Discovery Store: Spark Talking Globe

Did you know that the ancient Incas were some of the first to use peanut butter? Did you know that caribou have special fur to keep them warm and that it even helps them float? Did you know that the Great Barrier Reef is made of millions of tiny living things, but is so large that it can be seen from space?

Well, my kids and I do, and it is because of the Spark Talking Globe from the Discovery Store.

This fun, colorful toy is supposed to be for kids three and over, but all three of my kids (up to age 7) enjoyed playing with it.

There are lots of neat features to the globe. Kids can choose to learn facts about countries, continents, and cultures from ten different categories. The easy-to-use slider lets the user choose from facts about animals, sights, food, ideas, festivals, sports, music, national anthems, languages, and clothes.

Once a category is selected, the child spins the globe and touches a part of the world. Wherever they touch, the cheerful animated bear narrator rattles off the name of the continent and a fun fact. The small screen displays simple pictures that complement the fact.

The facts are simple enough to stand on their own, but could also form a basis for you and your child to go research and learn together. Once you hear about the Great Barrier Reef, maybe your child would like to see pictures on the internet, for example.

I like that the globe is an easy way to teach young kids very basic facts about the geography of the earth that they live on. Because the globe features only continents and not countries, it is uncluttered and simple to teach.

There are so many enticing toys from the Discovery Store. You are sure to find something there for everyone on your holiday list. This is a great option for kids just getting excited about their world.

Plus, where else are your kids going to learn that Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest volcano in the world?

Honesty Clause: The Discovery Store gave me the Spark Talking Globe for free. It retails for $49.95.


Anonymous said...

I was tempted to get this globe for gifts but wasn't sure it would live up to expectations. Now I wish I had bought it for someone. YM

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