Childrens Globes

Written by Liza Hartung
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One great educational tool is children's globes. I never had one in my home, only in school. I was used to the big wall map of the world. That's a great map, but it doesn't give the best permanent mental image of the world. I just kind of think of countries as either being on the left side of the map or the east side. To me, traveling from California to Russia would take forever because you have to go all the way from the left side of the map to the right side. However, when I finally looked at a globe, I realized that it's much shorter to head in the other direction.

Children's Globes for the Best Geography

You can find children's globes all over. Leap Frog has an interactive globe with wonderful features. On this globe, you can hear sounds of animals from regions all over the world. You can also hear languages from around the world, and learn facts about different cultures. You can do all this while learning basic world geography. It's a brilliant learning tool.

You can purchase other globes that can either stand on their own or sit on a desk. There are more basic globes than the Leap Frog one. These will have the name of all the countries and their capital cities. Usually, the globe will also list major cities that are not capitals, but are very big or important in that country or the world. Children's globes are fun, too, because they spin. Children like anything that can move like that.

I remember being in third grade and my teacher was using a globe for one of her lessons. Our desks were all in pairs and I was sitting next to a very funny boy. Every time the teacher spun the globe, he would pretend like we were on it and would say to me, "Ahh! I'm getting so dizzy! Make her stop spinning us around." I thought it was hilarious. I tried as hard as I could to not get caught laughing. So, you see, globes are great learning tools, and can be fun at the same time.

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