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LeapFrog Interactive Explorer Globe


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  • Teaches names and locations of countries, capitals, continents, bodies of water
  • Also teaches about music, population, currency, highest point and time zone
  • Gives distances between locations and a comparison of land area and population
  • Includes Eureka: A Game of Discovery to make learning about the world fun
  • Requires 4 x C batteries (not included)
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Technical Details
Item Weight2.2 Kg
Product Dimensions40.4 x 30.6 x 28.4 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:6 years and up
Item model number40002
Batteries Included?Yes
  
Additional Information
ASINB00005BYPA
Best Sellers Rank 108,569 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.3 Kg
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Date First Available1 Jan 2001
  
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Amazon.co.uk Review

As learning aids go, they don't get much better than the Explorer Globe from LeapFrog. Touch the globe with the electronic pen included and it will spring to life, naming the country or ocean you've touched and giving you one or more of a number of facts--ocean depth (in feet and metres), country capital, population, land area, continent, even music (a rather eclectic mix!). Touch it again, and you'll get another nugget of information.

You can choose which information you want on precisely which area of the globe, from: name, capital, population, area, high point, money, music and continents/countries/states. The globe will also compare one place with another and tell you the distance in miles between them, if you touch two points in succession.

But the real potential of the globe lies in its game, "Eureka: a Game of Discovery". Touch the Eureka button, then choose from continents, countries, country capitals, states, state capitals or a free-for-all random round. Set the game going and you must find the points that the globe instructs you to find. You are running against the clock and the instructions and accompanying music become increasingly quicker as you progress. The multi-player option means healthy competition can be introduced and as you progress, you can choose between "tourist", "frequent flyer" and "globetrotter" levels, which become increasingly difficult.

The voice recording on the globe has an American accent but diction is clear and precise and in no way does this detract from the final product. This is a fast, furious and fun way to learn geography, (physical, human, political and economic as well as musical!) and though aimed at children, adults may be surprised at how healthy it is to do a little revision now and again. As well as being an effective learning aid, the globe can be a fun, family game. Simply superb and suitable for children aged 7 to 77! --Lucie Naylor

Manufacturer's Description

Children and parents will be amazed at what this interactive talking globe can do. Touch the Explorer Globe with the NearTouch pen and listen to what it tells you. A toy for all the family, a great learning experience from the world's most intelligent globe. The Explorer Globe will instantly pinpoint global identification of countries, capitals, continents, oceans and more! Providing accurate up to date information on population, currency, music, size and time of day! The Explorer Globe will teach you the distance and flying time between two points on the globe. With challenging learning games for all the family to play and progressively helpful hints for the younger members of the family the Explorer Globe will be an instant success in your home.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By clare westwater on 1 Jan 2005
Format: Toy
My 7 year old son received this for Christmas and within a day could navigate his way quickly around the world, locating countries like Kazakstan, Ukraine, Cuba, Haiti, Vietnam - you name it! My husband and I have had great fun, and learned a lot, trying to outdo each other on the competitive level. My daughter likes listening to the different music from each country and overall it's the most amazing 'toy'. I would recommend that every family should have one of these!!
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By "merlotbunny" on 11 Sep 2004
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we bought this for our daughter when she was 5. she wanted to travel so we thought she could find out about places she wanted to go. we were worried she may be a little young for the globe but we needn't have. she loved it and nearly 3 years later still loves it. the whole family play the eureka games ( eg.finding capital cities against the clock)which can get quite competitive amongst the adults. grandparents and visitors and her friends are all equally impressed with it when they visit. it's the only toy she has been bought that she actually looks after!
she has chosen to go to italy next year (based on the flying time etc)
since my daughter received her globe i know at least 4 other people who have bought one on our recomendation.
as some of the other reviewers have pointed out the american accent is the only draw back but it is clear and audible.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By miffymad on 22 Feb 2007
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What a great toy! I bought one of these for my 6 year old son for christmas. He plays with it every single day.

The one we received is a different colour to the one pictured and features an Engish voice. My son really enjoys the quizzes - finding the capitals, oceans, countries etc before the time runs out. There are a few levels - fun for all ages, including adluts! The globe will also tell you facts about each country, and plays a song which is related to each country (not sure if these are accurate, but the kids like them)!

So, all-in-all, a great toy. It is expensive, but my son has literally played with it every single day since Christmas. So well worth the money. We are still on the set of demonstration batteries that came with the globe, so they last a long time, and it seems really well built.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan 2005
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As described in the other reviews, now shipping with a fully English voice / accent, this globe provides enormous family fun while teaching us a great deal. My 8 year old daughter loves it and will soon be overtaking her parents in the quizzes at this rate.
My only problem with this product is that I'm ordering my third one in less than a month, having received 2 defective ones. This could be bad luck but it might also be a sign that the interactive system is not very robust. Fingers crossed ....
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mhewett on 18 Dec 2006
Format: Toy
The pictured product is inaccurate and it is the NEW updated version, which is being supplied including 'English language'. The base is now purple and seas are dark blue etc.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LMD TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Dec 2006
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I bought one of these for my 6yr old nephew - it was a bit of a gamble given the recommended age but I needn't have worried, he spent the ENTIRE next day playing with it and it's now one of his favourite "toys". The range of games and challenges is excellent - even Grandad and Grandma were playing with it.

The biggest attraction for younger kids is the national music, but once reading ability has improved, hunting out countries and cities is really good fun. In some cases the print might be a little small and the resolution of the touch-sensitive system can be a little frustrating if you're trying to hit a small target (e.g. Luxemburg). I have also witnessed a couple of occasions when the touch sensitive system gets confused and reports everywhere on the globe as being the Indian Ocean, but this has always been fixed by powering off and back on again. On the whole the interactive system works well.

In summary, an excellent educational toy that will provide literally hours of fun for kids with an inquisitive nature. It's not all that robust though, so if the child's preference is for football it might not be the best choice.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Emma on 15 Aug 2002
The Explorer Globe must definitely be one of the most educational and entertaining purchases you could make. The vast encyclopaedia of information it holds can keep you interested for hours at a time. My ten year old sister received hers for Christmas last year, only to have it taken straight from her by our 19 year old brother. I think her first play with it was on the 3rd January!
The only downside to it I can think of is that it refers to some of the countries with their American names. You can then spend the whole allocated time searching for a country you've never heard of. But apart from that... a "Must Buy".
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By D. Varnam on 2 Oct 2001
This wonderful educational tool is also amzing fun to use. Not only can my 5 year old son get to know the vast expanses of our globe but for us slightly older kids it even gives exact flight times between places and GMT.
It may be a little expensive bu the technology and the gained knowledge is worth saving your pennies for at Xmas.
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