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XXL Children's Globe

XXL Children's Globe

Fall 2011 Puzzles
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Ravensburger
Price: $24.99

The Ravensburger Children's Globe PuzzleBall is a unique combination of puzzle and learning tool. The kit includes 180 sturdy, plastic pieces that fit perfectly together to form a twenty centimeter globe. The globe shows country names, landmarks and popular local animals. It also comes with a rotating stand so that children can use the puzzle as a working globe.

Although intimidating at first glance, the globe went together with surprising ease. The back of each piece is numbered and the instructions include suggestions and illustrations for sequential assembly. The pieces themselves are easy to handle and fit together almost seamlessly so that the finished piece is not only educational, but quite attractive as well. Children will not only enjoy completing the globe, but will also take pride in using their globe for educational purposes.

On a physical note, the construction of the puzzleball requires and hones hand-eye coordination, fine motor skill, patience, sequencing and spatial awareness. As stated above, the finished globe can be used to learn geography: continents, countries, oceans, landmarks, animals, and more.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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