The Smart Globe Myth really is a great gift. It is much more than a toy and has a host of features that keep children entertained and asking questions for many an hour. I am a huge champion of STEM-related toys that lead to learning. I have high expectations of educational toys and want to see that they deliver and not just become a five-minute fad.
My children have always been interested in geography, Chloe did it at A Level and Dylan is doing GCSE. As long as I can remember Dylan has had both a world map and a UK map on his walls and he is basically an encyclopedia of facts about capital cities, countries and flags.
He recently answered a question at school about a country I had never heard of and told me that his RE teacher was amazed at his answer! This is all self-taught and just comes from looking at his maps! Last year we reviewed the SmartGlobe Adventure and the children got very competitive with knowing where places were and facts and figures about those cities.
This year we have been asked to share our thoughts on the Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Myth which is a 2 in 1 Day and Night Globe with 3D Augmented Reality and Audio Stories.
The Smart Globe Myth shows planet Earth by day and turns into a constellation globe at night. I am hoping that this fires Erin up. She has not really been into space and the stars but this has definitely opened up that conversation.
- By Day, the globe shows political boundaries, oceans, country names, capital cities, By Night, the illuminated star map shows 88 constellations, turning the globe into an impressive room decoration.
- Additional Audio Content, including Fairy Tales, Zodiac Stories and Earth Facts audio designed to help your children fall asleep and learn more about the world around them.
We put the globe to test in the evening, Erin often winds down in bed by reading but instead, we switched on the globe and explored the zodiac stories. Erin was really interested as I expected. She already has enjoyed learning about Greek mythology and therefore I thought this would capture her interest and imagination and I wasn’t wrong.
What Erin enjoyed were the facts that she was able to pick up. You simply press a button to be given a key fact about Earth. Erin also liked the story telling feature which has both Fairy Tales and Zodiac stories. Watching the globe in action at night when the room is darker is also very relaxing. Erin has no problem relaxing and falling asleep but I imagine if you did this would help you relax and doze off.
The Smart Globe Myth is one of the globes in the Oregon series and it offers a plethora of learning opportunities. I think a smart globe makes an excellent present and it is just a question of choosing which Oregon Scientific Smart Globe best suits your child.
If you are looking for more gift ideas do check out Boxer the Interactive Robot who is expected to be this years sell out toy and also Robomaker for older children who are interested in STEM and especially coding.