If you want to give your kids the world, why not buy them a globe? Learning geography doesn’t have to be boring, and our list of favorite globes for kids will prove that geography can be fun and exciting for kids.
We’ve not only included the traditional stand globes on our list, but also globes that are interactive, light up and even one that can be hugged. Kids of all ages (and yes we are talking about toddlers too!) can enjoy the world. Keep reading to find out which globes are the best for kids!
How accurate are globes made for kids?
The globes that we feature on our list are all accurate and up-to-date. That said, many kids’ globes aren’t as detailed as a traditional globe will be. Some of the globes on our list will accurately depict countries, states, and some cities while others may only depict countries and oceans or even just continents.
The two main reasons for this are because of size and simplicity. Kids’ globes tend to be smaller in size which, for obvious reasons, means that more detail cannot be put on the globe.
Secondly, overwhelming kids with every detail imaginable may lose their interest. Teaching kids the basics first, such as only continents or only countries and oceans, will help them have a good foundation before diving into more detailed geography such as cities, terrain, etc.
9 Best Globes for Kids
Our list is comprised of globes for all ages. Many of the globes on this list offer some sort interactivity whether its an augmented reality experience via a smart device app or built-in memory housing thousands of facts about the world, nature and more. But don’t worry, we have a few simple, budget-friendly globes as well.
So without further ado, take a look at which globes are the best of the best for kids.
1. USA Toyz 3 in 1 LED Globe
The USA Toyz 3 in 1 LED Globe will not only have kids learning geography but astronomy too! With a flip of a switch, this globe becomes a constellation guide. We also love that the constellation mode acts a soothing night light too.
This plug-in glove measures 13.5” high and comes with a long-lasting LED light. The globe details not only countries but deserts, oceans, rivers, and reefs. When switched on to the constellation mode, the globe will show planets, navigational lines, and 88 constellations.
For more learning fun, download the interactive app that teaches kids about both geography and astronomy. Included with this globe is an illustrated constellation booklet too.
- Teaches both geography and astronomy.
- Detailed map includes rivers, deserts and more.
- Interactive app helps to teach kids geography and astronomy.
- Long-lasting LED light.
- Includes illustrated constellation booklet.
- It also acts as a nightlight.
- Nothing! We think this globe is pretty great as is.
2. Educational Insights Geosafari Talk Globe
For kids 4-7 years old, the Educational Insights GeoSafari Talking Globe is a fun interactive way for kids to learn geography. Kids can hear up to 10 hours of facts, many of which are narrated by wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin.
This smart globe comes with a special pen with a built-in speaker that allows kids to touch anywhere on the globe to hear fun facts about countries, oceans, animals and more. The dual swivel stand also makes it easier for kids to really explore the entire globe.
- Kids can listen to up to 10 hours of facts.
- Features Bindi Irwin narrating fun facts.
- Kids learn not only geography but other fun science facts such as nature and animals.
- The dual swivel makes it easy for kids to search the whole globe.
- Kids can measure the distance between cities using the pen.
- It does not include batteries for the pen.
3. Shifu Orboot Augmented Reality Globe
Augmented reality means combining the real with computer-generated, and that’s exactly what this globe does. Kids will use a smart device to bring the globe to life sharing over 1,000 facts and 400 highlights.
The first thing you’ll probably notice about this particular globe is that it features no borderlines or names. That’s because you’ll find the country and state borderlines via the interactive app. Kids will learn about so much more than geography including animals, historical landmarks, food, culture and more.
Included with this globe are a passport, stamps, country flags stickers, and instruction booklet.
- Globe is interactive with an augmented reality app.
- It comes with a passport, flag stickers, stamps, and instruction booklet.
- Kids can learn over 1,000 facts.
- Teaches kids about geography, animals, culture, history, food and more.
- Must use the app in order to locate places. Gl
4. Oregon Scientific Discovery SmartGlobe
Kids will learn a lot more than the countries of the world with the Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe. This interactive globe features a pen that allows kids to tap on the globe to learn history, country’s national anthem and tons more.
There are 3 panels located on the base of the glove that allows kids to choose one of 19 activities such as learning the capital of countries, comparing country populations, and find the country. Also located on the base of the glove is a map of the United States, so kids can learn more about their home country.
If kids feel like they’ve mastered the glove, they can test it by taking the Ultimate Challenge activity. And for some extra fun, download the Oregon Scientific Discovery SmartGlobe augmented reality app that allows kids to bring dinosaurs and animals onto the globe!
- Easy to use.
- Kids can play 19 different learning activities.
- The globe holds over 2,000 educational facts.
- The free app allows kids to have an augmented reality experience.
- Some parents thought it was too loud.
5. Learning Resources 3D Puzzle Globe
For young kids just starting to explore the world, we think they’ll love the Learning Resources Puzzle Globe. This brightly colored globe is a fun way for kids to get to know the continents and oceans on Earth. Kids will also love the adorable animal images that appear on each continent puzzle piece.
Simply designed, this 6-piece puzzle globe teaches more than you think. Young kids will have the ability to fine-tune their motor skills. The bigger pieces though make it easy for little hands to manipulate the pieces of the puzzle.
- Puzzle globe teaches kids basic geography.
- Animal images on which continent animals are native to.
- It helps improve fine motor skills.
- Perfect toddlers and preschoolers.
- Parents will need to put stickers on the globe.
6. Replogle Explorer Raised Relief Globe
This tried-and-true classic globe is the perfect globe for any age. It’s smaller size makes it perfect for desks and with 4,000 location names and boundary markings, it’s great for school projects and advanced geography students.
The metal base is durable and steady and the globe sits on a realistic tilted axis. Kids can run their fingers over the raised relief to really get a feel of the terrain on earth. This globe may not have any of the interactive features some of the other globes on this list have, but it is accurate and represents all the locations kids will need to know.
- Quality metal frame.
- Realistic tilted axis.
- Raised relief.
- Over 4,000 locations marked.
- Great size for desks.
- Some users noted that the seams on the globe didn’t line up exactly.
7. Little Experimenter 3-in-1 Illuminated World Globe
The Little Experimenter 3-in-1 Globe is another globe that switches from world map to constellation map with a press of a button. And if kids forget to press the button, this globe will automatically switch over to the constellation mode thanks to a light sensor that senses when the room goes dark.
This is a smaller sized globe, measuring 8” in diameter, and it is suitable for kids 8 years and older. It can also be used as a nightlight, projecting constellations on the ceiling and walls. However, this globe is powered by batteries, so using this globe as a nightlight will call for more frequent battery changes.
- Affordable price.
- Both a globe and a constellation map.
- It can act as a nightlight.
- The built-in light sensor switches the globe automatically to constellation mode when the room goes dark.
- Batteries drain quickly depending on usage.
- Smaller size.
8. Elenco Edu-Toys Desktop Political Globe
If you are on a tight budget (or tight on space) this small 5” globe is Elenco Edu-Toys is accurate, budget-friendly and space-friendly. Despite its small size, it’s a well-made globe that can handle kids’ less-than-gentle touch.
While this isn’t the most detailed globe, considering its size it marks all of oceans, continents, states and even many major cities. We think this is a great introductory globe for elementary age kids who are starting to learn geography.
- Small size perfect for little hands.
- Durable construction.
- Accurate markings.
- So small it cannot provide as many details as a larger globe can.
9. Hugg-a-Planet Classic
Hug it. Throw it. Squish it. Squeeze it. For our last globe on our list, we picked the Hugg-a Planet Classic. It’s a fun interactive way to learn about the world (and it just so happens to be comfy too!)
Learning about the earth doesn’t have to be so serious. Kids will want to hug this soft plush world made with a cotton exterior. It’s also machine washable too!
The globe print is accurate and features 600 marked places including countries and oceans. It measures about 12” in diameter and is great for kids 2 years and older. And trust us, kids of all ages will love playing with Hugg-a-Planet plush globe.
- The only globe on this list that can be hugged!
- Comfy and machine washable.
- Countries and oceans are accurately marked.
- Great for kids of all ages, even kids as young as 2 years old.
- Will flatten out over time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between a political globe and a physical globe?
A: A political globe means that the boundaries of countries and states are shown on the globe. Political globes tend to be brightly colored with one country or state being a different color from the state or country nearby. A physical globe, on the other hand, may or may not show borders of countries and states, but will show the terrain of the earth.
Q: What is raised relief?
A: Raised relief globes will represent terrain, such as mountain ranges, in a three-dimensional way. Globes with raised relief will actually have bumps, grooves, ridges where certain terrain is located. Raised relief can provide an extrasensory experience for kids to show them the terrain of the earth.
Whether you are looking for a unique gift or want to provide your child a learning tool to instill a love and appreciation of the earth and geography, any of the globes on our list are an excellent choice. We especially love the USA Toyz 3-in-1 LED Globe because it not only is a globe but switches over to illuminate constellations, as well as act as a nightlight.
If you are looking for something a little more interactive, check out the Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Globe. With 10 hours of audio and 5 different categories to choose from, kids will enjoy learning about not only geography, but about animals, oceans, and more.