Intelliglobe....It's Smarter Than I Am!
I've been meaning to post about this for ages and was thinking I'd wait til closer to Christmas, but with the school year getting into full swing for most people, I figured now is as good of time as any to share about an awesome product.
I'm working on a possible giveaway for this one too, so cross your fingers and let's hope it works out!
There's something really annoying to me about having toys that only hold a child's interest for a few days or couple of weeks at most. I'm a big fan of toys that promote continued creativity like Lego's, blocks, pretend play, etc. Last year at Christmas we bought our then 4 year old a "toy" that we thought seemed interesting albeit perhaps a bit too old for him. I think I first noticed it in any one of the gaggle of toy magazines that start flooding our mailbox around the first of November.
Have I made you wonder what it is yet? Well, wait no more my friends....here it is.
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See that pen looking thing at the base of the globe? Well, when you touch it to any place on the globe it will tell gads of different information about that location. Tid Bit has loved learning the names of different countries, oceans, and continents. He has learned about natural resources, national anthems, and examples of local music in all different parts of the world. There is a booklet that works the same way but teaches more specifically about individual continents and countries, common foods, animals common to different parts of the globe and more. It is the one thing in our house that will keep Tid Bit occupied for ages, but better than that, he learns ALOT! And he loves it.
I wish I could tell you that I am a wealth of the same information, but I'm not. Truth is I was horrible at the "find that country" speed game on the globe until I'd played SEVERAL times. Our entire family has enjoyed looking and learning together, and as a result our 5 year old has a pretty good understanding of geography at this point. Now, I'm not saying my kid is a genius, because he's not...I don't think....but he's a regular kid with a keen interest in different parts of the world. When the Hubs went on a mission trip to Haiti, Tid Bit looked it up on the globe and learned as much as he could about it. When the earthquake hit Japan....again, he wanted to learn more about that part of the world. We have been amazed at the global curiosity that has been awakened in him from this "toy."
Here's how the product's website describes it:
The Intellipen uses an infrared scanner to read microscopic symbols on the Intelliglobe. Touch the wireless Intellipen to the globe to play games, explore, and discover amazing educational facts about the world. The Intelliglobe is the most advanced globe featuring thousands of facts in 4 different languages: English, Spanish, French & German. Information for the Intelliglobe can be updated through the Replogle Globes website.
Amazon.com has the best price for the Replogle Intelliglobe at about $82.