We’re huge believers in the power of play.
For kids, play is natural. It’s what they instinctively want to do. It’s a chance to socialize with their friends, to express themselves, to be creative…and to just have some fun!
But play can be so much more than that. With a little bit of guidance, play can become one of the most powerful learning tools there is.
And the key to unlocking that tool is curiosity.
When kids become curious, they start to explore. As that exploration pays off, kids will start to love the rewarding experiences they’re creating for themselves. In other words, they’ll start to love the process of learning (even though they might think they’re just playing).
We think one of the best ways to stimulate a child’s curiosity is through geography toys, like globes and maps. After all, the world is such a naturally fascinating place that simply sharing fun facts about the Earth is a great way to get your child’s imagination soaring.
Check out the list below ( borrowed from our Puzzle Globe activity guide), and see where play can take you!
- North America is the world’s third-largest continent; only Asia and Africa are larger.
- The moose is the largest member of the deer family. Its huge antlers can grow up to 6 feet (1.8 m) across!
- South America is the world’s fourth-largest continent. Brazil is its largest country—it takes up over half of the continent!
- Angel Falls, in the country of Venezuela, are the world’s highest waterfalls, reaching a height of 3,212 feet (979 m).
- An elephant’s trunk has 100,000 muscles! You only have between 640 and 850 muscles in your entire body.
- A male giraffe weighs over 3,000 pounds (1,361 kg)—that’s as heavy as some cars!
- Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is the only one of the original seven still standing.
- Europe is the second-smallest continent in terms of land area, but the third-largest in terms of population, with over 700 million people.
- Built in 1887, the Eiffel Tower originally served as the entrance to the World’s Fair as people passed under its lower arch on the way inside.
- Asia is easily the world’s largest continent. In fact, over 60% of the world’s people live in Asia!
- The Great Wall of China is truly a marvel: It not only measures an amazing 13,000 miles (21,000 km) long, but it also took over 1800 years to build
- You could say koala bears like to take it easy. They sleep in trees for 18 hours a day. When they wake up, they eat nearby eucalyptus leaves.
- The Arctic Ocean, located between Asia and North America, is the world’s smallest and shallowest ocean.
- The walrus uses its long tusks (big teeth) for hunting shellfish, breaking holes into the ice to breathe, and pulling itself out of cold water onto the ice
- The Atlantic Ocean, located between Africa and North America, is the world’s second-largest ocean, after the Pacific. It covers about 20%, or 1/5, of Earth’s surface.
- The Indian Ocean, located between Africa, Asia, and Australia, is the world’s third-largest ocean.
- The blue whale is not only the world’s largest animal—it is also the heaviest to have ever existed, weighing over 400,000 pounds (181 mt). Its tongue can weigh as much as an elephant!
- The Pacific Ocean is easily the world’s largest ocean, covering 30% (almost ⅓) of Earth’s surface. It is located between North and South America, Asia, and Australia.
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