SmartGlobe Adventure AR

As a parent I am a huge advocate of making learning fun and nothing is quite as much fun as the SmartGlobe Adventure AR from Oregon Scientific.

The SmartGlobe Adventure AR is so much more than just a globe, for a start it’s interactive with a Smart Pen and 3D Augmented Reality.

With the SmartGlobe Adventure you can travel millions of miles without packing a bag! Exploring the world and discovering new exciting horizons at the touch of your fingertips.

You can use the Smart Learning Pen to learn about continents, countries, geography, cultures, age-appropriate world topics and much more in this bi-lingual interactive Adventure globe offering 19 English and six French language activities.

When the SmartGlobe arrived it was so easy to set up due to the 3AAA batteries already being fitted, which was lucky as the girls couldn’t wait to try it out!!

The SmartGlobe comes with instructions and yet we found that it was quite self explanatory. You can spin the globe to discover the country of your choice and use the Smart Pen to learn more about that country. The girls favourite feature was definitely hearing about the National Anthems across the globe!

The most amazing thing about the SmartGlobe is the Augmented Reality Features, something which really did blow my mind!

Having downloaded a free app onto our phones and iphones (you can register the globe to five separate devices) you simply have to sign up for an account and off you go!

Using the Augmented Reality Features you can scan any country across the globe to see landscapes, animals, landmarks, dinosaurs and weather conditions! The children were amazed to see eagles flying over America…

Lions walking through Libya…

A whole host of dinosaurs across the globe…

And of course the worst of the weather over Europe!!

At thirteen, Lewis found the SmartGlobe so interesting and I know that it is going to be so helpful to him with his Geography work. And yet at four and five the girls were quite literally fascinated by the globe and it’s amazing to think that they will be able to use it over the next decade and get just as much out of it each year.

With the SmartGlobe having just one Smart Pen, we did have a few whinges from Megan who was desperately waiting for her turn.

And yet when Eva left the room and told Megan, “Don’t touch it! I’m coming straight back!”, she swooped in and took her chance!!

Although the SmartGlobe is aimed at children aged five years and over, Megan was perfectly capable of using the Smart Pen and it was lovely to see her learning the names of each country and repeating them over to herself. Even I some were a little confusing!

I was never interested in geography at school, there was nothing fun about looking at a map, but I loved that I too learned so much from the SmartGlobe and found myself getting really into the quizzes! That said, it was quite a hit to my ego to be beaten by a four year old!

I think it goes without saying that I absolutely LOVE the SmartGlobe Adventure AR. It’s educational, it’s innovative and most of all, it’s FUN!

If I was to recommend one item for Christmas this year it would be this – the perfect gift to see your child from primary to high school. And at just £59.99 it’s a small price to pay for a whole world of information! Pardon the pun!

*** We were gifted this item for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own. ***

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107 Comments

  1. October 29, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    Wow, I really love the idea of this. It’s just so clever. My kids are really interested in geography so this would be brilliant for them – love the idea of the national anthems and quizzes especially. Sounds like a properly good investment.

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:32 pm

      It’s such a great globe for the price, I totally recommend it! xx

  2. October 29, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    What a lovely idea. It looks like a really good idea. My children love learning about different places and finding them on a map.

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      I agree, it’s great how easily they learn too! xx

  3. October 29, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    Whoever thought about this needs a raise or something. Geography would be way easier this way, and more kids would actually want to learn about the world instead of being forced to.
    The kids are super cute btw ♥

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      I totally agree! It’s amazing what amazing resources are available to our children these days! And thank you! xx

  4. Nicky A
    October 30, 2017 / 2:49 am

    This looks like so much fun! I need to show my colleagues at nursery this, I bet they would love to get one for this kids! Or show it to the kids parents, they would jump at the chance!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      I totally agree, it’s definitely a must for learning! xx

  5. October 30, 2017 / 8:21 am

    What an absolutely brilliant learning tool. I wish we had things like this when I Was doing geography at school!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      Oh me too! We just had an atlas!! xx

  6. October 30, 2017 / 10:45 am

    Laura this is the type of thing I love. It’s so educational and as a preschool teacher (previous) it’s something I think could benefit many kids in the classroom and of course at home. I love the technology aspect and think it could make a great Christmas gift for kids.

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      I totally agree, I think all schools should have one! xx

  7. October 30, 2017 / 10:55 am

    That’s so nice and innovative and ideal for my son. We have a globe but its pretty mundane. I’m sure the AR will draw his attention!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      AR is amazing isn’t it? Its mind blowing really! xx

  8. October 30, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    What a neat idea. We have an inflatable globe but it would be great to have all the geographical information at your fingertips.

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      The options are endless with it, I can’t recommend it enough! xx

  9. October 30, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    Oh wow what a fantastic idea! I have been thinking about getting a globe for our house as an educational resource for the longest time but love the interactive elements here what a great way to teach children about the world.

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      We absolutely love this Talya, for the price I think it’s amazing! xx

  10. October 30, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    What an awesome looking globe, it sounds like such an interesting way to learn about the world, where places are and some things to do with each area.

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      I agree and I love how even at 3, 4 and 5 my little ones are learning without even realising it! xx

  11. October 30, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    Oh wow. this is fantastic. I would totally look at buying one of these for my children. That app is great making eagles fly out etc. Su

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      I know it’s amazing Su! The kids were completely mesmerised! xx

  12. October 30, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    Now that looks so cool! Would love to have a globe as smart as that 😉 Thank goodness, Christmas is almost near 😉

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      It would make a great Christmas present! xx

  13. October 30, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Your daughters were pretty darn cute in showcasing the SmartGlobe,That would be a cool gift even for an adult to get!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Patrick! xx

  14. October 30, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    My little cousin would absolutely love this gadget globe!! He loves learning about new places and adores everything electronic, especially if it interacts with him! Great idea!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      It’s such a great idea, I love how much fun it is to learn! xx

  15. October 30, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    That has to be the coolest globe I have ever seen, I wish my Geography teacher would have used the smart globe as it looks ace. I love the idea of a smart phone to learn about continents x

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      It’s perfect for schools isn’t it? And great value too, we are really loving using it! xx

  16. October 30, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    I love globes. This one with its interactivity seems like a great Christmas present

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      It really is, we are really enjoying it! xx

  17. October 30, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    This looks absolutely fab! Something I would love to get my kids as they love their travel!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:20 pm

      I’m sure they would love it Mary! xx

  18. October 30, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    I’ve always loved globes and this one looks fab. I particularly like the fact that it’s not something that’ll be grown out of in 6 months. We had a light-up globe when the boys were younger but this is a whole extra dimension – great idea!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:19 pm

      Yes that’s what I love the most, this will see them right through til their teens! xx

  19. October 30, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    Wow, that’s pretty high tech. When I think of the toys and learning tools I grew up with, this would have blown my tiny mind!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:19 pm

      Me too! AR is pretty mind blowing isn’t it? xx

  20. October 30, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    This looks absolutely incredible. I had a light-up globe as a kid, but this is something else! My daughter would absolutely love it.

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:18 pm

      I know, I thought light up globes were as good as it got too! xx

  21. Our Family World
    October 31, 2017 / 12:07 am

    What a cool thing to have! I love that it is interactive and that you can download the app onto 5 different devices! That’s just awesome. I will get this for my kids! What a great learning tool this is!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      It really is amazing, I can’t recommend it enough! xx

  22. October 31, 2017 / 6:37 am

    Oh wow, technology has definitely upped it’s game haha! Looks amazing x

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      I know!! It’s mind blowing really! xx

  23. October 31, 2017 / 8:28 am

    Aw, this is so awesome! What a great way to learn about the world! 🙂 It’s crazy to think that not so long ago there was still much of planet to be mapped out and discovered – and now kids can learn about it like this! Just brilliant! xx

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      I know! It’s amazing really! xx

  24. October 31, 2017 / 9:23 am

    This looks great – I’d love the national anthems too, what a good way to get kids interested. I love that it appeals to all ages too – that’s so rare.

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      Totally! With 10 years between my first and fifth, it’s not often we find something which they can both use! xx

  25. October 31, 2017 / 9:42 am

    Wow! This looks fantastic and so educational too! Love it!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      It’s amazing Katy, we love it! xx

  26. October 31, 2017 / 9:57 am

    Wow that’s so cool. I love the technology to show you the world, we tried out Google Maps on the VR headset and that was mind blowing x

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Wow I bet it was! I’ll have to look that up! xx

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      It’s really a great globe, we love it! xx

  27. October 31, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    This looks like such a great learning tool, I love interactive toys / learning aids for the kids

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Oh me too! The kids think it’s the best “toy” they have! xx

  28. October 31, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    wow this looks amazing, my son likes studying maps so will have to get this for Christmas for him

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      It’s a great globe Melissa and well worth the investment! xx

  29. October 31, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Such a clever idea! I think both of mine would really like this, it’s such an easy way to quickly explore the whole globe, I love it!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      I genuinely do love it, it’s going to really make a difference to the children’s knowledge of our world. xx

  30. October 31, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    Wow how cool is this!! What a super idea – fun and educational 🙂 x

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Definitely, perfect for developing minds! xx

  31. October 31, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    I didn’t even know I needed one of these until I read your blog. Thanks for the recommendation of this super cool education tool.

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      Haha I was the same! It’s crazy just how much technology has developed over the years! xx

  32. October 31, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    Little man loves learning about the world and countries so I am sure he would love it!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      I’m sure any child, and adult, would love it! xx

  33. November 1, 2017 / 5:45 am

    This is AMAZING :O I love the idea of making learning about the world more fun and interactive. I wonder if there’s a way to incorporate this in my ELA classes when we’re reading texts from all over the world.

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      Oh I bet there is! It’s a fab resource for learning! xx

  34. November 1, 2017 / 9:38 am

    I love how interactive it is from the pen teaching you countries to being able to use the phone and seeing animals. Beats my old globe hands down!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      Oh totally! How times have changed! xx

  35. November 1, 2017 / 10:06 am

    being a home educator this is something i would find really useful i need to take a closer look and maybe purchase one for our family

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      It would be absolutely perfect for you Lisa, I cant recommend it enough! xx

  36. November 1, 2017 / 10:55 am

    It is such a fantastic globe isn’t it? Jack loves his and spends ages sitting there doing the quizzes!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      It’s great to see them take such an interest in the world! xx

  37. November 1, 2017 / 11:01 am

    This looks fab!! I always try to get some educational toys as learning through play is so important especially when they are small. As a family who love to go on adventures this looks perfect for us!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Yes I totally agree, we have been loving using it as a family and plotting our travels! xx

  38. November 1, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    What a great educational resource! We love that it tells you about the countries and this would be good for my folks too! We’d love a SmartGlobe!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      I really do recommend it, I’m a huge fan! xx

  39. November 1, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    This is a great idea! Been trying to get my kids to have fun studying the globe but this level of interaction should grab their attention much better.

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Yes definitely! Kids are easily bored but this has so many amazing features! xx

  40. November 2, 2017 / 5:42 am

    Superrb…. Learning and fun combined into one….
    Great concept for kids.

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      I totally agree, I couldn’t ask for more from it! xx

  41. November 2, 2017 / 8:02 am

    I had a globe when I was a kid and though it wasnt smart like this one, I enjoyed learning about different countries and there locations

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Me too, I love to see the children excited about learning! xx

  42. November 2, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    We are huge lovers of geography in our home and the kids love learning about different places and cultures. I’m going to show this to them in hopes that one of them puts it on their Christmas list!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Oh I would totally recommend it! Fingers crossed! xx

  43. Michelle Murray
    November 3, 2017 / 6:57 am

    We have this too and we absolutely love it. I love the ultimate challenge

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Us too! It’s become quite competitive!! xx

  44. November 3, 2017 / 7:41 am

    Definitely the smartest way of learning through fun! The kids do need something like this to keep them away from having uncontrolled screen times which does scare me most times! I am impressed with the AR facility and the National Anthem feature you mentioned 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      We are really enjoying it Rishi! xx

  45. November 3, 2017 / 7:41 am

    Definitely the smartest way of learning through fun! The kids do need something like this to keep them away from having uncontrolled screen times which does scare me most times! I am impressed with the AR facility and the National Anthem feature:) Must be very entertaining

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      The national anthem feature is amazing, I’m learning something new every day! xx

  46. Dannii
    November 3, 2017 / 9:38 am

    This is such a fantastic idea and whoever thought of it needs a big high five!

  47. November 3, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    I’ve seen a lot about this an absolutely love the idea behind it, Mine are a little young for it at the moment, so I just bought a standard light up globe, but then they are older I will definitely be looking into this. Such a great learning resource.

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      I really would recommend it, I love that it will see them through to high school! xx

  48. November 3, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Wow, this takes the old fashioned globe to a whole new level! Amazing interactive features!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      It really is amazing, the children are obsessed!! xx

  49. November 4, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    wow, this is so much better than the bog standard globe my children have got (which was once my own!) I love the AR stuff and my 8 year old would love the quizzes too. A great investment as it has such an educational value x

    • Laura Dove
      November 4, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      It’s really worth investing in, I love that my 3 and 13 year old are both enjoying it equally! xx

  50. November 6, 2017 / 8:05 am

    Oh wow!! What a fab idea!! I need it for me let alone the kids – my geography is terrible!! Will add this to the girls’ Christmas list!

    • Laura Dove
      November 6, 2017 / 2:24 pm

      Mine too Katy! I’m learning faster with this than I ever did during 5 years of geography! xx

  51. November 6, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    I am always after educational toys and I am the same didn’t pay a lot of attention to geography. So much so that Hubby take the micky out of me a fair amount. The AR function really blows my mind too – toys have come on so much since we were kids! x

    • Laura Dove
      November 7, 2017 / 9:20 am

      Haha I’m the same Claire, useless with geography! This globe blew my mind but even more than that, it blew my parents mind! Things really have come on! xx

  52. November 7, 2017 / 12:16 am

    Oh my goodness! This certainly teaches you a lot of information. Even the countries national anthems! That’s brilliant.
    My sister in law to be could do with this. She thought she needed her passport to cross into Wales…

    • Laura Dove
      November 7, 2017 / 9:18 am

      Haha that sounds a lot like me!! I’m useless! xx

  53. November 22, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    oh wow this looks fab, what a great way for our children to learn all about their world. I know my two would absolutely love something like this. xx

    • Laura Dove
      November 23, 2017 / 10:28 am

      It’s amazing Tanita, I really recommend it! xx

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