Educational Toys

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Educational Toys
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Fri, 08-29-2003 - 10:34am
Anyone have the LeapFrog Globe?

My dd5 (turns five today!) wants this thing. The junior version I've looked at doesn't really show all the countries, just the continents, with what I am assuming are facts about areas of the world. This one runs $50-$60. The regular one, geared towards older kids has a pricetag of $99.

So, what I am wondering, does anyone out there have either of these? She has a huge interest in maps - for the last month or so, she has spent half an hour a day playing with the US map that came with her Leap Pad demo book. We initally bought 6 pre-school aged books for her leap pad, but she only likes the map. At this point, she can find about 35 of the states... and is learning a few facts about the different states. She is asking me questions like, "What state do a lot of people live in?" To which I replied, "People live in all the states, people live everywhere." She came back with, "No mom, California has the most people" - and already, I am getting *duh* looks from my kid. Rather than drawing pictures of rainbows and people, she draws maps. Her understanding already is totally impressing me, especially when I think back just earlier this year when she thought when we left town, that everyone on the road was leaving home too, not really understanding that people actually lived in other towns, and that these other towns don't just exsist for malls and restaurants!

Anyhow, between the Leap pad and a trip to Florida earlier this summer with an atlas, she is just totally fascinated with geography. We picked her up a cheap, $5 globe thing that is also a bank, lol, and she doesn't seem too satisfied with it because she can't find the states on it.

I really wouldn't mind having a globe in the house, with four kids around, it probably won't sit around collecting dust. But I have to wonder if either of the LeapFrog versions are worth the money, when I could get a nice sturdy one without bells and whistles that won't require battery replacement... and of course, she is just five, so I worry about the pen getting pulled out, destroying the whole thing.

Any other products out there for geography that don't require reading?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 08-29-2003 - 11:21am
Lights, Camera, Interaction makes a US States wooden puzzle.
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Sat, 08-30-2003 - 11:26pm
I'm not normally a fan of electronic toys but we do have the Leapfrog globe. The main reason that I got it was because you can hear the pronounciation of the countries, a big help for kids. I also like that it has so much information--music samples, currency, population, distance between two places, etc. A nice side effect has been that dd likes to play the games and can locate all of the US states and Canadian provinces.