Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Review - Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Adventure

I'm not sure who was more excited about receiving the Oregon Smart Globe Adventure a few weeks ago, little J or John and I. I absolutely love anything to do with maps, countries, capitals but have never actually owned a globe so this was very exciting. The Smart Globe Adventure is an interactive globe giving you the chance to explore and learn about 220 countries, interesting facts, play games and even unlock a 3D Augmented Reality feature using an app on your smartphone.

The Smart Globe comes with a smart pen so this took little J a while to get used to. He is only really familiar with touch screen on his iPad and our phones but once we showed him how he could easily use it. 

We explained to little J that The Smart Globe was a map of the world and the first thing he wanted to do was spin it. It is so much fun spinning a globe around,  it does spin left and right but it does not spin up or down. This can be annoying if you are playing a game and it asks you to find Antarctica and the pen doesn't quite reach it. 

Once he had finished spinning he asked where we are on the globe. We showed him the UK and he used his smart pen to touch it. It played a little song but to find out more about the UK or other countries we would have to go to the base of the globe and choose an activity. If you leave the globe idle for a few moments it will ask you what you would like to do. 

First we chose a 'find' game. You can choose from Continents, Capitals, Countries and our personal favourite The Ultimate Challenge. 

Once you have chosen what 'find' game you would like to play the Smart Globe will ask you to find and touch as many of your chosen topic as possible. It does tell you what to look for and plays music while you try and find it, the music will go faster as your time starts to run out. 

The Ultimate Challenge is our favourite and is a time challenge were you have to find as many places as you can in the time provided. We are very competitive when it comes to this game as so far we can't seem to get more than 10 on Level 1 however we are still trying. 

Next you can choose a 'touch' activity. There are lots to choose from including Continent, Name, Capital, Population, Area, Currency, History, Features, Geography, Language, Highest Point, National Anthem and Amazing Facts. 

The touch activities are jam packed with lots of different facts about the countries you touch with your smart pen. Our personal favourite is listening to all the different National Anthems from around the world. 

Within the 'touch' activities there are 6 that can also be played in French.

Next you can choose the 'compare' activities. You choose 2 different countries and the Smart Globe will compare the area or the population of both countries. 

On the base of the globe there is a more detailed map of Britain and Ireland. Here you can do all the activities that are mentioned above but for cities too. 

As we live in Liverpool it was nice to hear some facts about where we live. 

The base also has a pause, repeat and volume button which you will need as it is very loud. 

What We Loved

Great Quality

Makes learning fun with lots of games and fun facts

220 countries to explore

6 French activities

Detailed map of Britain and Ireland which allows us to find out more about cities we are close to.

Love hearing little J playing with the Globe and then shouting to us 'Where's Japan Mum?"

Will be a perfect learning tool throughout Little J's school journey.

What Could Improve

There are some places, mainly on the bottom of the globe which the pen doesn't quite reach and it takes quite a while for the globe to detect the pen. 

When playing some of the games you have to be quite precise with pen, this can get a little frustrating especially if you are playing the Ultimate Challenge and trying to beat your score. 

At the moment we haven't quite grasped the AR side of the globe yet as there are just so many features to get to grips with we are just having fun exploring at the moment. 

Little J has just started reception so I know from a learning point of view the globe will be a perfect tool throughout his school journey. for now we are enjoying finding out facts, exploring the globe and playing games.

The Smart Globe Adventure is recommended for age 5+ however little J is still only 4 and he really enjoys it.

You can find out more about the Smart Globe Adventure by visiting Oregon Scientific Store and it is also available to buy over on Amazon

Michelle

Disclosure - We received the Oregon Scientific Smart Globe for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own.
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47 comments

  1. Making learning fun
    Great way to teach all the family

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  2. I love this! The concept of the world can be a tricky one for children to grasp, so having an interactive globe is fun and educational :)

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  3. I would love to get something similar for my oldest. He asks questions about planet earth and countries, I think it would help him. Another things for the ever growing Christmas list lol

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  4. This looks like so much fun and so educational too!

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  5. This would be perfect for my 7 year old daughter.

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  6. What a fantastic globe, it looks like lots of fun, a great way to teach children without them even noticing its educational as its so much fun xXx

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  7. I love the look of this I think it looks like a great educational "toy" for want of a better word and one I think our daughter would really enjoy using.

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  8. This looks really good!

    Ashleigh

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  9. I am a great believer in the fact that kids learn so much more through play (especially when they don't realise they are even learning anything), so this is fabulous! You are so right, it's something your little boy will be able to use as a tool all through school!

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  10. Wow! How hi-tech is this! Really cool bit of kit! I'd of loved one of these as a kid!

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  11. This is wonderful ! My Six year old would love it- she is developing such an interest in the world and travel. Love the idea of the games- Thanks for sharing.

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  12. This looks great. I use to love learning my children about places all around the world :)

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  13. I think I need this for myself, my world geography is terrible! Sounds a little bit annoying that you need to be precise with the pen though!

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  14. Ohh, this looks great... I think all of my kids would love it. Give them a chance at being better at geography than I am!

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  15. This looks like a fantastic toy! I actually had something similar when I was little!

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  16. It is amazing that the globe is more than just a map of the world but it is also interactive as well! It sounds fantastic x

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  17. The smart globe sounds fun especially since it has so many interactive games! It is so vibrant too x

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  18. I love anything to do with travelling and countries but I bet I would be so bad on the find challenges x

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  19. We are travel mad in this family and this would make a great gift for my little boy. I love the sound of an interactive yet realistic map of the world. The find challenges would be great for improving anyone's geography I'm sure

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  20. We love maps and globes! This one sounds great.

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  21. We have the day and night globe and it's fab. I like this one as it gives you facts about the countries.

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  22. This looks interesting and educational. What age is this recommended for? I’m thinking of getting this for my son.

    Fatima

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  23. This looks a great learning resource!. I use to love learning my children about places all around the world!

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  24. This looks fabulous. We love looking at globes to see where places we have visited are, so mine would love this

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  25. What a great way to educate children on travel! My kids would love one of these!

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  26. I like the look of this smart globe. Very educative.

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  27. fantastic. it's not just a boring map of the world. this will actually get kids interested.

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  28. What a fabulous globe. I have never seen an interactive map or globe apart from those you scratch. Thanks.

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  29. A magic globe - how wonderful. I wonder what else they will come up with!

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  30. This looks such as fantastic educational thing - love the fact that they can interact with it.

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  31. Very cool! I think it would definitely put Mummy and Daddy's knowledge to the test and teach us quite a lot!

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  32. My son has Aspergers and he loves any factual toys. He loves discovering which countries are where and what the capital cities are. He loves maps and has his own sat nav which he plays with on car journeys

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  33. My son would really enjoy this globe. It’s so much more interactive than the globe i had as a child.

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  34. I think this is amazing! So much so, I think Santa will bring one for my son this year! xo

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  35. This looks fantastic, my son is really interested in places in the world and would love this.

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  37. Great review - my son would love this

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  38. This looks great, can’t waiy to get one for my little one and teach him how many other countries there are other than the one we live in!!

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  39. Wow this is such a great idea and the perfect way to instill a love of travel and knowledge into kids! Perfect Christmas present

    Laura x

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  40. This sounds like a fun and educational toy! I love all the features and I think my kids would love it too

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  41. My daughter has mentioned this about being on her Christmas list! Thanks for the review

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  42. This looks great. I remember when I had one when little it would be so wobbly and fragile so it was so hard to use. This looks so modern and updated. I think this would be great for my daughter for Christmas. Thanks for the review.

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  43. I have never owned a globe either,but this is a great review and will be looking into getting one for the kids at least as they always ask me where is this place,what is the capital of that place now they can look for themselves!!

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