Friday, December 29, 2017

A Resolution to Travel the World

A New Year, filled with new plans
 Five, four, three, two, one... Happy New Year!! In New York City the new year will be brought in with the dropping of the ball in Times Square while thousands of people party together under a rain of confetti. On the other side of the world, Australia brightens the new year with a huge fireworks display over the Sydney Opera House. In Vienna, Austria many people celebrate New Year's Eve by walking down the New Year's Eve Trail at Stephansplatz. Folks in Edinburgh, Scotland take four days to celebrate New Year's in a festival which includes concerts, street parties and more. Parties at the pyramids draw thousands in Egypt, and fireworks burst brightly above St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow. All over the world fireworks, festivities, and fun draw people out of their homes and into fantastic New Year's celebrations.

Making resolutions is another New Year's tradition celebrated around the globe. People resolve to lose weight, eat healthier, learn a new skill, stop a bad habit, spend more time with family, etc. At Ultimate Globes, we'd like to suggest another great resolution: make travel a priority in 2018.

Why make travel a priority?
First of all, traveling not only takes you to different places in the world, it widens your personal world! When you encounter new cultures and see places you've never seen before, you become more experienced, more knowledgeable, and you can understand more of humanity. For instance, a trip to Costa Rica could offer insight into rain forests, the coffee industry, a different language, the city life of San Josè, and the food culture of Costa Rica.

Second, traveling offers adventure! Say goodbye to the ho-hum everyday life that has been boring the socks off you. Say hello to fun and excitement. Spin a globe and point. Anywhere your finger lands could lead to an exciting adventure. A cruise to Alaska? Keep your eyes peeled for whales! An African safari? Watching lions and giraffes in their natural habitat makes a trip to the local zoo pale in comparison. Going to France? Feel like royalty inside the Palace of Versailles. Wherever you go you will encounter places, people, and things that are different from your hometown. Anything could lead to an excellent adventure!

Third, travel is highly educational. Educate yourself and your family. Why read a boring history textbook about the Battle of Gettysburg when you can experience the Annual Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania? Don't just watch the History Channel! Go to Egypt and see the ancient pyramids for yourself, or explore the Forbidden City in Beijing. We live in a time of global communication, so take advantage of the ease of travel. Explore the places you've always dreamed of seeing! Fourth, but not least, traveling gives you new perspective on yourself. Getting away from your normal routine allows you to think about your life differently. Travel shakes out the cobwebs in your brain; you may find yourself contemplating ideas you never thought about before! This New Year's make a resolution to improve your life with travel, and then make it happen. 

At Ultimate Globes, we not only want to sell you globes, we want to inspire your new year. Contact us for great inspiration. Happy 2018!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Last Minute Gifts for the Traveler on your Holiday List

People who have a passion for travel could represent some of the easiest gift recipients on your list. Though usually picky about their belongings and treasures, travel enthusiasts have particular needs. Tapping into the needs of the travel lover will result in a happy friend or family member. 

Comfortable travels:
For many travelers, the journey itself is a big part of the adventure and fun. Whether traveling by car, train, plane, or ship, many travelers want their trip to be comfortable and enjoyable. The gift suggestions below are a few examples of ideal presents for the perfect excursion.
•    Books provide hours of entertainment on planes, trains, or passengers in a car. Today we have both audio and eBook versions, but there are still plenty of paperbacks for the traditionalist reader.
•    Music gift cards from iTunes and other markets also provide hours of enjoyment and relaxation.
•    Pillows and neck rolls for travel add that much-needed touch of comfort, especially for long trips.
•     Travel clothing erases the need for ironing and comes in cool, breathable fabrics. Specially designed travel vests hold everything from passports to your tablet.
•    Luggage designs and functionality keeps improving and what traveler doesn't love new luggage!

Travel certificates:
Many avid globetrotters start planning their next trip as soon as they arrive home from the last one. Gift certificates are a great way to help them mark another notch off their bucket list. Many options are sure to bring a smile to your favorite traveler.
•    Airlines provide gift certificates usable for tickets or upgrades. You can also gift miles of your own.
•    Cruise lines also offer gift certificates. If your recipient already has a cruise booked, most companies have options to purchase gifts to make that experience even more special.
•    Trains provide a tremendous and scenic way to travel. In addition to Amtrak, there are smaller companies across the globe which provide scenic train tours.
•    Uber is available almost everywhere. And, an Uber gift offers a convenient way to get from airports and train stations to hotels.
Ultimate Globes- Gift Certificate

Tech gifts:
Most explorer types embrace the fact that technology makes travel easier and more enjoyable. Remember these options for your techie loving traveler.
•    Cell phones and top up cards provide an option to stay in touch with friends and family.
•    Electronic readers such as Kindles or iPods for music give an easy to tote choice for readers and music lovers.
•    Debit cards offer prepaid options good for restaurants or souvenirs.

With so many options to choose from, you'll find easy to shop for the travelers on your holiday list. For more travel gift ideas contact us.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Tis the Season for Last Minute Globe Shopping

Sometimes finding the right gift can be difficult. There are so many different options to choose from.
Only a few days remaining till Christmas and only a few gifts will arrive at the right time. This is exactly why a gift certificate is such a good choice. Many places offer gift certificates for various goods and services, here at Ultimate Globes our gift certificates can be ordered for any amount you so desire. If you didn't have enough time to pick out one of our lovely globes or maps for your special someone don't worry. A gift certificate can be purchase on our website and emailed within a few hours. These gift certificates never expire, have no associated fees and can be sent to multiple email addresses in a matter of minutes. Send to the receiver of your choice and from the comfort of their home they can decide which globe, map or other product they would like to have.  Check out our website for more information, tis the season of globe and gift, shopping and ships. All things classic and sophisticated.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Geographical Themed Gifts for the Holidays

Tis the season for gift shopping, oh the challenges of finding the perfect gift for the person who has everything. Globes or maps are a great gift option for the person who has everything. A globe or map is a sophisticated and useful present for this time of year. Unlike other consumable gift options a globe or map is something that can be treasured for a life time. This list of one of a kind products offers useful suggestions if you have a world traveler, history buff, map freak or geographile on your list. These options will work for a variety of price ranges and budgets. 

Mova Globe
One of the most innovative items on this list is a self-powered, solar generated globe. The MOVA globe is hand designed from the highest quality materials An composition of finely polished polymer, resin, and a propriety blend of liquids allows for viscosity required to suspend the sphere during rotation. Solar cells, magnets and other proprietary components generate the power for this device. This is a commanding and fascinating centerpiece which would make a great gift for anyone who appreciates geography and art. As long as there is a tiny bit of light, the globe keeps rotating. No batteries to change or power cords to worry about. There are over 20 different varieties featured on the Ultimate Globes website. Some feature satellite views, historical maps, and the planets, size range from 4.5 inches to 8.5 inches. 

Mova Globe

Notebooks and pictures are such fun things for children to enjoy. A combination of art, education and geography an opportunity for little scholars to expand their minds and ask questions about the world around them. The Solar System is the theme of this particular notebook. A laminated educational map, comes pre-punched for use in most binders. On the reverse side is a fact sheet containing information regarding each of the planets.

USA 9 in. Globee

The USA 9 in. Globee is an illustrated globe featuring hundreds of major landmarks and tourist destinations across the USA. A convenient size for desktops and mounted on a stainless steel stand this is an excellent addition to any home, office or classroom. Accompanying the globe is a 16 page booklet that provides detailed information regarding the illustrations on the sphere. An internal LED is powered by AAA which are not included. A great choice for someone who enjoys planning road trips and driving across the United States of America. 

These are just a few of the fantastic options available on our website for Holiday presents. There is so much fun to be had and so many exciting things to explore at this time of the year. There are notebooks, globes, maps and plenty of other fascinating products to explore.

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Geo Safari Talking Globe a Great Holiday Gift for Kids

Memories that Last a Life Time

There are so many fond childhood memories associated with the holidays. Learning about geography and social studies can be one of them. Do you remember as a child closing your eyes and spinning a globe? Perhaps after you spun the globe you pointed out a future travel destination. Can you still remember the anticipation and eagerness you felt as your hand landed on some exotic location. This simple act serves to fuel your imagination and it can do the same for a child today. Technology has changed and there are many educational toys and applications available for kids to play, but its just not the same. A globe is an educational toy that can last a lifetime. The Geo Safari Talking Globe is unique because it teaches children about different places. Trivia, games, quizzes and various different player modes allows a child to learn about cultures and places around the world while having fun. The Geo Safari Talking Globe offers children an experience that cannot be gotten from an app or a computer

                          Geo Safari Talking Globe

Educational Toys and Imagination

It fires the imagination. It inspires people to learn about our world. The information provides by this globe is relevant for a variety of ages and covers information over 10,000 questions. With various levels from beginner to advanced there is sure to be information and activities that will capture the attention of every young scholar. The sphere is 12- inches in diameter and accommodates 4 players at a time. The high quality digital sound and international music are sure to captivate. Questions feature information regarding the United States of America, Canada and the entire World. The electronic components are powered by 4 C batteries or an AC adapter, not included. A headphone jack is included, the volume is adjustable and buttons control the help and repeat buttons as well as automatic scoring. For additional information regarding the Geo Safari Talking Globe or any of our other educational toys for children please feel free to  contact us at

Friday, November 24, 2017

Holiday Shopping Guide for the Top 5 Children's Globes in 2017

Geography is one of the most useful subjects that a child can learn. There are plenty of fantastic educational toys available, however a globe is one of the few toys that a child will never out grow a globe is a great investment in educational future of a little one. As a small child, a globe is a fun thing to spin around while learning about different landmarks or major cities. As a middle school or high school student a globe becomes a reference tool for social studies classes. Take a look at our selection of holiday gifts ideas for children.
Scout II

Scout II 
Scout II Globe features a 12-inch sphere designed for a desktop. A rotating base makes for easy viewing. This model is compact and easy to fit in an office and home. Over 4,000 landmarks which included oceans, landmarks and continents are featured in full detail. Detailed oceanography makes the globe unique. A great reference tool for completing homework assignments. An internal LED makes this an excellent choice as a night light. The lighting feature enhances the cartography when used in the dark.
Geo Safari Talking Globe
 Geo Safari Talking Globe 

The Geo Safari Talking Globe is an excellent choice for any young scholar, featuring over 10,000 questions about geography and cultures around the world.  Move between multiple players modes from beginner to advanced. There are three categories for trivia questions. One selection of questions is based on the United States and Canada, a second group is based on the entire world and a third group of questions is based on the World, Canada and the United States.  Each globe features high quality digital sound, an volume control, automatic scoring, help and repeat buttons as well as international music. The 12- inch sphere rests atop an acrylic stand, this model can be enjoyed by up to four players. AC Adapter or 4 size C batteries are required.


The Intelliglobe is an interactive and educational toy with significant longevity. Adults and children can enjoy geography adventures from the comfort of home. Talk about various landmarks, plan a road trip and ask each other trivia questions. Several different player modes means that there are a host of games to enjoy. The fun of a video game combined with the learning potential of an educational toy. Over 2.5 hours of educational material with the option to connect to an app via iOs or Android to update the device with new material.  A USB cable is included for recharging the Intellipen. A World Discovery Book is included.

Pioneer Globe for Kids
Pioneer Globe
The Pioneer Globe by Replogle Globes is a 12- inch raised relief sphere resting a top a metal, bronze-colored stand. A full swing meridian allow for easy accessibility and navigation.  This particular model is unique because few table top globe feature a full meridian. Detailed descriptions of oceanography and topography makes this an excellent reference tool for years to come. The continents, countries and coordinates are outlines to provide a comprehensive representation of Planet Earth. The stand and sphere reach a combined height of 17 inches tall a convenient size for any classroom, home or office. Such a great value for this price point.

Rotating Globe for Kids
 Rotating Globe for Kids from Replogle Globe

The Rotating Globe for Kids from Replogle Globe features a solid metal base and rotates 360 degrees on axis. The sphere and stand reach a combined height of 12 inches. The sphere is 10 inches wide and 10 inches in diameter. An internal LED means that this globe serves dual function as a globe by day and a night light once the sun slips from view. This particular model was created with children in mind and features over 100 illustrations.  Vibrant colors and detailed descriptions serve to stimulate a child's imagination in a positive direction. Depictions of flora and fauna help them gain a better understanding of the world around them. An inline switch controls the light and rotation functions

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Holiday Shopping Guide: The 5 Best Floor Globes for 2017

The holidays are approaching and people are frantically searching for the perfect gifts for friends and family. Avoid the rush and panic by purchasing one of our unique globes for each of your loved ones. These gifts are not only beautiful, they're functional, and there's a perfect globe for everyone. Here are a few of our favorites:


The Maranello Globe
If you are looking for a statement piece for your home or office, look no further than the  Maranello Globe. This deep blue-colored globe featuring 1000s of locations and points of interest is an eye-catching addition to any traditional decor. Mounted on a semi-circular stand and solid metal base, this 20-inch globe has a total height of 45.5 inches and weighs 32 pounds. The expert design of the stand, base, and meridian ensure stability as well as a balanced aesthetic. The internal LED makes this an excellent choice for night time lighting. The cartographic features of the globe can be enjoyed by day and are enhance by this lighting feature by night. The contrast of stainless steel metal and the neutral and realistic earth and ocean tones is both classic and modern at the same time. 

Viking Expedition
The Viking Expedition Globe
Ultimate Globes Exclusive: This beautiful piece is a synergistic combination of rustic and contemporary. In a style reminiscent of HGTV superstar Joanna Gaines, this globe features a beautiful compass design directly below the antique finished die-cast meridian. The full swing meridian allows users to move the 16-inch globe in all directions for easy viewing. With its earth-toned finish, 40-inch height, and over 4000 locations and points of interest, this is a great conversation piece for any home or office.

Eaton III
The Eaton III Globe
This globe is a true gift for world travelers, history buffs, and geography enthusiasts. The careful design captures the characteristic feel of ancient parchment globes, while the latest cartography and intricate topographic features
keep it relevant to our current environment. The walnut/cherry finished tripod stand and full swing brass meridian add to the elegance of this piece. The globe is 16 inches and the tripod adjusts from 41.25 inches to 52.25 inches. While there is some assembly required, this beautiful globe is absolutely worth it. 
Designed by Replogle, this slightly smaller globe adds an understated elegance to any room. A 12-inch globe that stands a total of 35 inches tall with the stand, the Lancaster features approximately 4000 locations and points of interest as well as clearly delineated country and state boundaries. This beautiful full swing bronze globe situated on a cherry finished stand offers a unique modern touch to any design. The raised relief of the globe combined with the die-cast numbered meridian make this a truly original and artistic piece that will be a treasured gift for years to come.

The Barrel Globe
Also by Replogle, the 16-inch Frank Lloyd Wright Barrel World Globe is a magnificent piece of art that is truly in a league of its own. The stunning stand is adapted from a modification of the famous Barrel Chair originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1903. The globe stands a total of 39 inches tall and its distinct features, antique details, and unique charm make it worthy of a place of prominence in even the most elegant rooms. This gift not only shows careful thought but an intricate attention to detail and an innate eye for beauty.

Not only do we pride ourselves on delivering beautiful globes at a great price, but our experts also provide the best service in town. Each globe comes with an extended 1-year limited warranty and guaranteed discounts on any future globe updates. We would love to help you choose the right globe to awe your loved ones this holiday season, contact us today to get started. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Holiday Gift Purchasing Guide: Top 5 Desktop Globes for 2017

Choices for Holiday Presents

Globes make excellent choices for holiday presents. A miniature Planet Earth is an ideal gift option for the person who has everything. This convenient yet sophisticated gift option is compact, aesthetically appealing and practically useful. Here are our suggestions for the 5 Best Desktop Globes for presents this holiday season.

The Livingston Globe by Replogle is a 12-inch blue ocean sphere featuring raised relief and mounted on a traditional yet modern stand. The countries and continents are depicted in vibrant detail. A solid, disc shaped base and a golden, metallic stand add classic touches. The Livingston features clean lines and a simple aesthetic. This reference tool is an excellent accompaniment to any office, classroom or home. Resting at top its stand the globe reaches a height of 16 inches, its is 13 inches wide and 12 inches in diameter. At just over 3 lbs it is light and easy to transport and hold for viewing accessibility.

The Freedom Globe from Replogle Globes is a classic and appealing addition to any desk. Tributes to both nature and American heritage resound throughout the design. The 12-inch sphere is mounted on a bronze relief of an eagle with its wings spread in flight. The view of this majestic creature taking flight adds artistic appeal and inspiration. The metallic eagle rests on a wooden base. The sphere feature antique oceans and raised reliefs with detailed depictions of various continents, oceans, countries and landmarks. Assembled dimensions are 20 H x 13.5 W x 12 D. 


The Ambassador globe by Waypoint Geographic features an Antique Oceans sphere and bronze, numbered semi-meridian. The 12-inch sphere is mounted on a circular wood disc that is finished in dark cherry. The two tier design add a touch of classic elegance. Detailed ocean cartography adds to the reference value of this desktop guide. Geopolitical boundaries and landmarks are current and reflect that latest information. The assembled dimensions of this globe are 17 H x 13.5 W x 12 D.

The Bingham globe from National Geographic is a tribute to the explore of the same name. The classic yet bold styling is reflective of a bygone era. The 12- inch antique oceans sphere rests on a two-tone wooden base and features a diecast semi-meridian. The raised relief map provides detailed descriptions of the continents, oceans, countries and landmarks. The assembled dimensions of the globe are 16.5 H x 13 W x 12 D . 

MOVA Blue Ocean Relief Map Revolving Globe 

 For an elegant and interesting piece of desktop art look no further. The MOVA Blue Ocean Relief Map Revolving Globe 4.5-inch is a beautiful and simple option. This one of a kind globe silently rotates on its 3 pronged stand. Solar cells utilize magnetic force and ambient light to generate power. The effervescent blue of the oceans is a pleasing contrast to the neutral continental color schemes found on the continents and countries. The assembled dimensions of the globe are 7.25 H x 4.5 W x 4.5 D. This one of kind globe weighs only three pounds. Easy to transport and enjoy.

For this and other interesting holiday gift options, globes and maps, check out our website 

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Safari Explorer Oceans and Animals Globe: Blue for Boys and Pink for Girls

This new addition to our collection is a great choice for the little scholar in your life. Unlike most of our globes, this model features an option for boys and an option for girls.

Safari Explorer Blue Oceans Animals Globe
The Safari Explorer Blue Oceans Animals Globe is a 10-inch illuminated desktop perfect for a little boy who loves animals and geography. The continents and oceans are depicted in vibrant, brilliant blue. Over one hundred landmarks, animals and other illustrations cover the globe. An internal LED makes using this as a night light or back light a great option. The internal lighting also enhances cartographic features making them easier to read and more distinguishable. A sturdy acrylic base provides support and is also the same color as the sphere. An attached cord is located between the globe and the meridian at the south pole. An inline switch makes it easy to access this feature. A semi-meridian makes for easy navigation for finding coordinates and various locations around the world. The overall assembled size of the globe is 14"h x 10.5"w x 10"d. 

Safari Explorer Pink Oceans Animals Globe

The Safari Explorer Pink Ocean Animals Globe is a 10-inch illuminated desktop kids globe featuring pink oceans and landmasses, a great gift for a little girl. A one of a kind completely pink globe. An internal LED enhances the cartography when used at night. Another excellent choice for use as a back light or night light to illuminate a child’s room. The sturdy acrylic base is also the same shade of pink. The same illustrations of animals and various landmarks are included as in the aforementioned product. The change of color makes this globe particularly suited to a little girl.  Learning about geography with a great educational toy like this one is a positive way to influence children and help them gain an understanding of the world around them. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Holidays, Geography and Fun Times with Children

An understanding of geography can help make holiday festivities especially meaningful to children. There are those special days on the calendar where birthdays, anniversaries or nation wide celebrations take place. Children look forward to the festive mood of holidays because of the changes it brings. Delicious food, gatherings with friends and family, exchanging stories and memories. Looking at a globe can help a child gain a better understanding of how certain traditions developed. A beautiful globe like the Geo Safari Puzzle Globe can help a child learn about the world around them. The pieces are easy to assemble and allow a child to identify the continents and the ocean. An educational toy like this makes a great holiday present and provides the opportunities hours of fun and learning.

GeoSafari Puzzle Globe
Geo Safari Puzzle Globe

An understanding of where a holiday comes from helps a child develop a tangible connection to the world around them. Use a map or globe to locate the location of the first Thanksgiving. Talk about harvest time celebrations around the world and some of the food commonly eaten to celebrate a good year. Discuss some of the activities, songs, dances and traditions enjoyed during this time of year. Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah all provide excellent opportunities to learn about other cultures across the globe. Try sampling different foods and asking age appropriate questions regarding other belief systems.

Other geographical ideas that you could explore together include the Roman Empire, Persia, the Fertile Crescent and Egypt. Moving from the religious topics to more secular ones, you could explore Santa stories from different countries using a map or globe. Other holidays can be explored for other faiths too. And some holidays are not religion-related. For instance, for Ground Hog Day you might talk about Punxsutawney, PA. Where is it? What is the climate like there? Could the climate in Punxsutawney affect whether or not "Phil" sees his shadow? When Europeans came to North America, who settled in this area and why? How did the climate affect them?

If you check out the list of National "Days" in the US, you'll find there's a day for about anything you can imagine. The possibilities of tying in geography with these observances are nearly endless. Combining holiday celebrations with geography helps children develop a whole picture of what we're doing and why, making life more "real" rather than just a conglomeration of motions we go through to spend the time. Try adding a new dimension to your family celebrations by developing a greater understanding of the world we live in. Using quality materials will help grab your child's attention and ensure that you share correct, current information.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Decorating with Globes: Ways to Make your Homeschool Classroom Come Alive

Just as globes play an important role in public and private school classrooms, they are equally as important in home school classrooms. If you’re a homeschooling parent, here are some ideas for decorating with globes we think you’ll find very attractive.

 For teaching world geography, the GeoSafari Talking Globe Jr. would be a better choice. This globe features a number of facts about countries throughout the world, their landmarks, and cultures. It even comes with its own interactive quiz game, which is perfect for times when you’d rather allow your kids to explore learning on their own.

GeoSafari Talking Globe Jr. 

 If you’re looking for a globe that will also help you teach science, the Replogle 10-inch Illuminated Desktop Globe would be perfect. By turning on this globe, children can explore everything from undersea aquatic animals to active volcanoes. Use it along with an oversized aquarium, 3D models of mountains and volcanoes, or pictures of animals.

Replogle Rotating Globe for Kids

 It would be ideal in a classroom that contains maps on the wall or framed photographs of iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower or Statue of Liberty. To provide perspective on how the earth looks from outer space, use the Earth by Day and Night Globe. This nine-inch interactive globe offers a daytime function that allows you to identify various countries and their boundaries. When switched onto nighttime function, it provides a look at city lights throughout the world as they are seen from space. This feature is ideal for explaining where large populations of people are located. This would be the perfect accent for a classroom decorated with glow-in-the-dark stars and planets.

Earth by Day and Night Globe.

These are just a few of our globes that are highly practical for homeschooling families. To see our entire collection, please contact us.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

5 Ways to Make Social Studies Kid Friendly

A New Approach to Social Studies

Certain school subjects have a way of being difficult to capture the interest of many students. There are always a few history buffs or literature aficionados, but most students tend to zone out during less thrilling subjects. Social studies falls into the boring category, but with these five kid friendly social studies tips, the kids will be craving more.

1. Visuals
The world is a visual place and children love to see the experience. Simply sliding images by them on a screen does not allow them to engage with the lesson. Instead, have the student's draw what they imagine happened. Allow time for the students to discuss their drawings with each other. Products like our map and notebook combinations provide students with a chance to take an in depth look at the world and to record their own findings.

Canada and World Notebook

2. Move
Children are active as a natural part of development. It is hard to learn when you have been sitting still for some time. Get the kids up and moving. Have them act out in drama form the main theme of a lesson. Perhaps designing a physical game of major wars will help kids remember the influential people involved.  The Replogle Globes Rotating Globe for Kids is a great option for hands on learning, with over 100 illustrations of people, landmarks and animals. This fun and colorful globe is an excellent addition to any home or classroom. This globe is designed with a child's creative imagination in mind, over 100 illustrations of people, well known places and animals in their natural habitat adorned this globe. A rotation feature and internal LED make this colorful, fun globe even more versatile.

Replogle Rotating Globe for Kids

3. Student Lead Learning
Highlighting students that excel in subjects can help the others engage as they see a few of their own leading a lesson. Breaking them into smaller groups and letting the leaders teach a few classmates is a great way to build community in a class and let the creativity pour out.

4. Adapt
If you have been working to spice up the social studies learning experience but are still seeing blank stares, do not be afraid to adapt and change things up. Ask the students what or how they would like learn, you may be surprised at the results. There are so many different ways that social studies can be practically applied to the world around us, encourage students to use their imagination and apply maps skills, to everyday tasks like planning a trip to the grocery story. Taking a family vacation or finding a new place they want to visit.

5. Music
Writers and movers can lead creative lessons by writing lyrics of the lessons main themes or developing choreography to aid in a visual element. Rapping about the state capitols or dancing to short phrases of a few countries will stick with kids into adulthood. Dreading social studies not be the norm. Use these five tips and apply them to your children's or student's learning experience. Each tip can be adapted for any subject as well, making school and learning an adventure for all. 

 Ultimate Globes has many products that help enhance your children's social studies learning experience, contact us today to hear more.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Social Studies and Starting School: Check out the Smart Globe Adventurer

Parents, it’s time to prepare for a new school year! I’m looking forward to seeing my friends, playing sports, and having a good time. Social studies and geography in the classroom is a subject I sometimes like, and sometimes dislike. After all, if the teacher is great and the classroom engaging, it’s easy to love learning. That goes for home, too! When we’re preparing for a new school year, you can help me gear up for social studies and geography in the classroom in our own living room. Globes for kids are fun and interactive not only for the classroom but also for our home.  There are so many different kinds of globes available that you are bound to find the perfect one to help me engage and continue learning.

Smart Globe Adventurer
Try out the Smart Globe Adventurer globe to spark my interest in different geographical areas. We can read, learn about cultures, languages, and more. These won’t take up much space in our home. I can keep learning about social studies and geography while also improving literacy and writing skills. This one of a kind model was recently featured on the Today Show and includes educational content featuring over 250 countries. Experience augmented reality using the globe as a companion to a children's tablet or smartphone. There are activities in both English and Spanish to appeal to a wider demographic. The perfect size for a car ride.

If I’m more interested in outer space, check out a moon or celestial globe! These are a lot of fun, because they offer different perspectives on the Earth. While preparing for social studies and geography, we can also talk about astronomy, history, and legends. Let’s be creative

We can spend quality time together while learning and prepping for a new school year within the comfort of our own home. Contact Ultimate Globes today, so we can find the perfect globe to use together!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Social Studies and Geography in the Classroom: Preparing for a New School Year... Making 3-D World Stewards

How to Prepare Students in Social Studies and Geography
When you are a child, the world is very grand in size. Beyond the comfort of their favorite stuffed animal, colorful backpack, and space invader comforter, and mom and dad, the world awaits them. The first lessons they learn for developing self-esteem are maintaining good relations with their peers and a secure attachment with their parents. Although they lack the vocabulary for discussing cultural or communal differences, kids become curious about relics of the world beyond their immediate environment. It is important parents acquire tools for teaching inquisitive kids about what they notice.


 Cross Cultural Connections

A special dessert's scent from another land that another child's grandparent makes and puts in their friend's lunchbox shows a child worlds beyond the one they see in the neighborhood and schoolyard. Their curiosity becomes ignited by watching people on the television speak in unfamiliar languages, wearing clothing quite different from themselves. How do parents contextualize these global perspectives? How do you ready children for another school year in geography and social studies? How do you teach children about global differences?

Intelliglobe II

 Sensory Stimulation

For a young child, they need tactile stimulation and hands-on ways for conceptualizing the globe. It's actually surprisingly easy explaining world cultures to children with all the unique features encompassing the globe. Therefore, we suggest normalizing children to cultural differences and educating them about various nationalities and cultures. How does one even start?
The answer could surprise you, but your child would love feeling a smooth orb of a globe zooming under their fingertips. These days, globes far exceed the kind of globes parents saw growing up: faded patterns and outdated nations labeled as the USSR long after that state broke up.
Today's globes are technologically sophisticated, like the Intelliglobe II Deluxe Interactive Globe for Kids, a spherical wonder integrated with trivia games and unprecedented data. Other globes, like theSmartGlobe Adventurer with Augmented Reality, feature 3-D technology and parents themselves could find themselves interested in taking a whirl at the globe. When children comprehend the physical properties of the earth in all its variety, then they will envision how people are so different from one another, yet we still share the same earth.

The Smart Globe Adventurer with Augmented Reality

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