Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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One of the presents that Anna got for her birthday was this VTech Globe. In fact, it was a present from our friends from her last birthday, but at that time we deemed that she was not ready for it. One disappointing part about this particular toy is that it’s rather difficult for a young child to control the plane with a remote control and at the same time the amount of information provided is limited. Forget countries – all the landmarks are given on the continent level. I also really don’t like Oct19_Globe that the globe doesn’t rotate vertically, so it’s not possible to see Antarctica unless you flip the whole thing over, and it’s next to impossible to see Australia. I was also upset not to see any Russian landmarks, but considering that the whole North America only got Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls I shouldn’t be complaining much.

Despite these complaints, Anna is very interested in her new “talking toy”. So far she is exploring it in “free flight” mode – it has other “quiz” modes where she is supposed to navigate the plane to a certain landmark, animal, etc. Considering how hard it is to navigate the plane precisely, I don’t see it happening any time soon, but I think we will plan some geography studies to learn more about some of the landmarks on the globe. Ishtar Gate, anyone?

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11 comments:

Christy said...

I love the honesty in your reviews. Thank you! I have looked at this globe several times, but I think I'll pass.

Debbie said...

I have never been super fond of V-Tech. I hope Anna wasn't disappointed with it.

Ticia said...

Leap Frog has a similar product that I'm rather so so on as well. It was a hand me down from my sister-in-law and currently sits up at the grandparents house. The kids love playing with it, but aren't quite getting what's up.

Joyful Learner said...

I checked out several types of electronic globes and haven't yet found one I liked. We decided to stick with the old fashioned, non-talking globe which I had.

MaryAnne said...

Okay, I had to look up Ishtar Gate on wikipedia - thanks for teaching me something new today!

I also really appreciate your honest reviews, it means that when you like a product, it's genuinely worth looking into.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

There's so much potential for a talking globe, but we've never found one we've been in love with either.

Kim said...

Everyone raves about this globe, but I've played with it some and never thought it was all that special. I thought maybe I was just weird? Thank you for agreeing with me!

Elle Belles Bows said...

Thanks for the honesty too! I have been thinking about it as well! Kerri

Aging Mommy said...

I am going to put a globe on my daughter's Christmas list - but after reading this will take a look around to see what might best suit her.

Julie said...

We've had this globe for a few years now and I've never liked it. It's impossible for the kids to get it on the right spot. C even has trouble still. It's one of the things I think is going on Craigslist this fall in preparation for Christmas!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Thanks for another candid review. I really enjoy your reviews and learn a lot from them. I've been looking at this globe for a year now, so this is very helpful.