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 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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