The geek in us all has been awakened by this beautiful globe we were sent for review by Oregon Scientific! We already have a huge world map on the wall in our kitchen, which we love, and which stimulates so much discussion at the dinner table. I’ve always been a geography lover and weather watcher. Cal just finds it attractive!
So I was really impressed at the levels of excitement this globe aroused, even before we knew what it could do! Both Cal and I tend to go for educational toys for our boys when we can, so this was ideal.
One small issue on opening the box, the globe illuminates via either batteries or a USB cable, neither of which are provided. It would be ideal to plug the globe in (all parents have toy battery nightmares, I’m sure). However, once we found a spare lead, the kids couldn’t wait to plug it in and see it illuminated.
The fabulous thing about this globe is in its illumination, when a whole array of star constellations are revealed over the top of the countries. The boys were so impressed by this, and immediately wanted to Google the different star signs and other constellations.
The AR (Augmented Reality) part of this globe means that there is an accompanying app which allows you to discover landmarks, animals, capital cities, languages and other facts. They all show up in 3D over the globe which looks really impressive. There is also a quiz game. We took a while to get the app working properly, and for a time were trying to use the wrong app, which actually accompanies a more complex globe toy in the range. You have to scan an AR code, and ours just didn’t want to accept it. Then all of a sudden we opened it again and ta-dah! I’m an old technophobe so I’m glad we kept trying, as this content looks and sounds great.
Having said that, this is a fantastic toy without any additional technology too. As a stand-alone globe it is accurate and clear, and when illuminated it is interesting and something different. It also makes a great night light in the kids’ bedroom, as well as an attractive ornamental display (Cal made me say that!). Our only dilemma is which of our boys will have it in their room. I feel another purchase coming on as a Christmas present…
If you would like to purchase this as a Christmas present, we would thoroughly recommend it. It is a gift that will surely stand the test of time, and will suit a wide age range too. The RRP is £39.99, but you can currently find it at Amazon for just £29.99 (affiliate link)
Disclaimer: We were sent the Day & Night Globe to review, but all opinions are entirely honest and our own
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