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I bought 2 v tech toys from a lady on Facebook for £8 and this was one of the toys, the toy usually sells at about £17.99 so we got a fantastic buy especially as the toy was in fantastic condition.
The toy is basically a brightly coloured pretend globe of the world with a magnifier which can be moved around to whichever area you wish to learn about and a joystick to move it around. The toy is very brightly coloured as not only have you got the blue and green that makes up a normal globe but you have a little man in a plane attached to the magnifier which is bright and then all the continents and countries that are marked are all different colours.
The toy is meant to be for ages 3 and up and I can see that this is probably about the right age as since even though my daughter does try and play with it she really doesn't take in much of what the globe is saying and she is 2. The globe takes 4 AA batteries and they sit in a battery pack on the underneath of the toy but I was surprised to find that the battery pack isn't secured and your child can get into the batteries although Emily has never tried to I wouldn't leave her unsupervised with the toy.
The toy has 4 buttons on the base, one of the buttons turns the toy on and off and the other 2 select the function you want to play with, there is a bright flights button, a tricky travels button and a creature features button. All the buttons are bright colours and have little pictures on them, they are nice and big and stand up from the base making them very easy for your child to press.
When you turn the toy on you get a little tune and then an announcement of "lets explore our world captain" followed by a long piece of rather annoying music. At this point your child needs to select the function they wish to play in and then use the joystick to move the little man and his plane around. When your child has moved the little plane somewhere if they press the red button on the top of the joystick then the toy will tell them something about it depending on which function they are in.
If you are in bright flights then it will name the area that the plane is hovering over and tell them something about it such as "Australia is the smallest continent." In the tricky travels section the globe will ask your child to fly to a place on the globe and then tell them well done when they find it or tell them to keep flying when they get it wrong, they have to press the red button to select the area once they are hovered above it. Creature features relates to animals that are pictured in the different continents and asks your child to find a certain animal and then tells your child something about the animal such as the goat has thick fur.
The toy is pretty good in the fact it teaches your children basics about the world, it focuses on continents as a whole rather than countries to make it simpler for them at a young age. The added animals is nice in my opinion and my elder daughter has been quite surprised at seeing where about the animals come from and she also likes to find our country as the globe is detailed enough to see the UK. Emily seems to get bored with the toy pretty quickly which may be because it is a little too old for her but then she is 3 in a couple of months so she may play with it a little more as she gets older.
Sophie my elder daughter likes to play with the globe every now and again but really for your children go get the most out of it I think they need to play alongside an adult. The toy is quite heavy and has been dropped a number of times and there is no damage to it so it is most certainly durable. As a parent this toy drives me mad as the music is very loud and annoying and there is no volume control and typically my girls turn it on play for 5 minutes and then walk off leaving it to play to itself.
I rate this toy 4 stars as it is durable and educational however it loses a star as it doesn't seem to be able to hold my children attention for very long and when they started playing with it they were just turned 5 and 2 so I think this is probably a pretty limited toy for the age it will amuse.
Explore and discover the world with this brightly coloured interactive globe featuring 30 easy to use, touch sensitive hotspots. Features five play categories including Quick Quiz to help develop memory skills through repetitive learning. Journey around the world touching the hotspots to learn countries, animals, peoples of the world, food, sports, native music and much more. Packed with lots of fun sound effects, music and melodies. Encourages independent play and hand-eye coordination. Features Explore and discover the world with this brightly coloured interactive globe Features five play categories including Quick Quiz to help develop memory skills.