Last updated: August 5, 2021

Welcome to our big children's globe test 2021. Here we present all the globes we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information for you.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best children's globe for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a children's globe.

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Summary

  • Children's globes are used to teach children about the planet Earth and its geography and, in part, its creatures.
  • Depending on the target group or age group, there are different children's globes with different functions and sizes. Primarily, there are interactive children's globes, children's globes to make yourself, children's globes with or without animals, electronic and non-electronic children's globes, globes as water balls or puzzle balls.
  • Depending on the space available, larger or smaller globes can be used. There are already inexpensive children's globes that cost around 5 euros, but you can easily spend several hundred euros on a children's globe.

The Best Children's Globe in the United Kingdom: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a children's globe

How much does a children's globe cost?

Depending on what kind of erectable children's globe you buy, you will have to pay between about 5 euros and about 200 euros. If you want a water ball in the shape of a children's globe, you have to pay about 1.50 euros for a cheap one, but more expensive models cost up to about 45 euros.

With a children's globe, your child can playfully explore and learn about the world. (Image source: pixabay.com / MichaelGaida)

Who is a children's globe suitable for?

A children's globe is partly suitable for kindergarten children, partly for school children. It depends on how the children's globe is designed. For example, there are globes with animals that are particularly suitable for younger children.

But there are also globes with meridians etc. drawn on them and which are more "scientific", these are more suitable for older children.

What material should the children's globe be made of?

When you buy a globe, you have to pay attention to the material. Generally, there are globes made of plastic, foam, glass or metal.

A children's globe should be unbreakable and have a low risk of injury, so it should be made of plastic, foam or metal rather than glass.

What are the alternatives to a children's globe?

Instead of a children's globe, you can also buy a children's atlas or a world map for children. Children's atlases contain several maps and therefore usually contain more detailed information.

However, a children's world map is sometimes also available as a desk pad, so that it can be used as more than just a world map. However, it only shows one representation of the world.

Children's atlas World map
A children's atlas is a book with maps. It often contains not only the world map, but also other thematic maps. Children's atlases are much more detailed and offer a lot of information in addition to the map of the world. Depending on the size, however, atlases can be very expensive in terms of price A world map comes in different sizes and designs. Whether it is a foldable pocket map, a table mat with a world map image or a large poster on the wall - the possibilities are almost limitless. However, a world map depicts the world in two dimensions, which can distort perception.

What makes a good children's globe?

A good children's globe explains the earth in a way that is suitable for children, i.e. in simple language. It should also be illustrated and encourage children to actively engage with our Earth, geography and different cultures.

Depending on the age group for which the globe is intended (kindergarten children, school children, adolescents) and the context in which it is to be used, it should provide different information about Earth in varying degrees of detail.

Did you know that the date of publication and topicality are decisive factors when buying a children's globe?

Country borders change from time to time and therefore maps also become outdated. It is important that children always learn from the most up-to-date maps.

How can I make a children's globe myself?

Depending on your budget and the materials you prefer, you can make your own globe from different materials.

If you want to make it easy for yourself, you can buy a globe craft kit such as the DIY Kids Globe.

You can also buy all the individual parts separately or make your own. We recommend making a globe out of polystyrene because it is easy to work with, not too expensive and light.

First buy a styrofoam globe. We recommend a styrofoam ball with a diameter of 30 cm, which costs between €5 and €6. You can buy styrofoam balls in craft shops or online.

You can decide whether you want to paint all the continents, countries, rivers, etc. onto the styrofoam ball by hand or whether you prefer to glue them on.

If you only want to paint the waters and glue the continents on, you can paint the polystyrene ball blue first and then just glue the continents and countries on.

If you want to stick them on, you can either draw them yourself on clay paper or another paper of your choice and then cut them out or you can take templates, e.g. maps from google maps, print them out and cut them out.

But make sure they are the same scale so they fit together well. Glue the cut-out countries, continents and bodies of water onto your styrofoam ball.

You can view a globe online here and use it for orientation. You can let your creativity run free and, for example, draw animals or plants on your globe or stick pictures of animals or plants on the globe, i.e. on the polystyrene ball.

If you like, you can also create your very own globe of your own fantasy world and think up your own countries, continents or anything else that exists in your world and paint or glue them onto your polystyrene globe.

However, this does not give you a globe that correctly represents our earth geographically and in terms of content.

So what do you need to make it?

  • Styrofoam ball (preferably with a diameter of 30 cm)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pens
  • Stickers
  • Clay paper/craft paper
  • Templates, e.g. from the Internet

Caution: Children should not use scissors and glue without adult supervision, as they could hurt themselves or accidentally swallow glue.

Alternatively, you can buy a white or colourless beach ball and turn it into a globe. Note, however, that you should use waterproof pens if you want to use your globe as a beach ball in the water. Sweaty hands can also wipe off the colour of water-soluble pens.

Decision: What types of children's globes are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, we distinguish between these types of children's globes:

  • Children's globe with lighting
  • Children's globe without lights
  • Children's globe in the shape of a beach ball
  • Children's globe made of foam
  • Children's globe as a puzzle ball
  • Children's globe with animals
  • interactive children's globe

In the following, we explain the different types and their respective advantages and disadvantages. This will help you to find the most suitable children's globe for you.

What are the features of a children's globe with lighting and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A children's globe with lighting has the advantage that it can be used in the dark. Depending on how the lighting is designed, the whole globe lights up or only the part you are currently interacting with.

Advantages
  • Can be used in the dark
  • highlights the region currently being viewed
Disadvantages
  • Requires electricity

However, lighting requires a power source in the form of batteries, rechargeable batteries or a cable.

What distinguishes a children's globe without lighting and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A children's globe without lighting often does not need electricity unless it has other functions that require electricity.

Advantages
  • Often does not need a power source
Disadvantages
  • Poorly usable in the dark
  • No highlighting of certain regions by light

Without illumination, the globe cannot be used meaningfully in the dark, nor can certain continents or regions be highlighted by light.

What distinguishes a children's globe in the shape of a beach ball and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A children's globe in the shape of a beach ball is usually inflatable, so it is very space-saving once you have let the air out of it. It is also suitable as a toy in the swimming pool, at the lake or in the garden. However, it can burst and easily break if it comes into contact with sharp objects.

Advantages
  • Space-saving
  • Can be used as a ball
  • Cheap to buy
  • Easy to transport
Disadvantages
  • Can burst
  • Is not interactive
  • No digital content available

For the most part, beach balls are quite inexpensive. The interactivity here is at least not available in the form of illuminated continents, audio info or similar. On the other hand, it can be used as more than just a globe and is easy to transport.

What distinguishes a children's globe made of foam and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Children's globes made of foam are rather soft in terms of material and can often be purchased at a low price. They are particularly suitable for younger children, but you should make sure that very young children do not bite anything off the globe.

Advantages
  • Can be used as a ball
  • Inexpensive to buy
  • Also suitable for younger children
Disadvantages
  • Cannot be reduced for transport
  • Is not interactive
  • No digital content available

In contrast to water globes as globes, earth globes made of foam always need the same amount of space, because you can't let the air out of them. That is why they are sometimes difficult to transport, especially when they are large. However, they are usually easy to transport in a car.

You can also use a foam globe for playing.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a children's globe as a puzzle ball?

Children's globes as puzzle balls are usually not electronic, but they promote understanding and imagination of the planet Earth, because you put them together yourself from individual puzzle pieces and thus learn which regions lie geographically in relation to each other.

Advantages
  • Suitable from nursery school age
  • You also have a haptic learning component by doing the puzzle
  • Mid-range price
Disadvantages
  • Contains small parts that can be swallowed
  • Requires adult supervision, especially for younger children

Puzzle balls are already available for kindergarten and primary school children, but should not be given to children under the age of three due to small parts that can be swallowed, and should be used under adult supervision, especially with young children.

What distinguishes a children's globe with animals and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A children's globe with animals is often already suitable for younger children because animals are not abstract and, for example, with interactive globes, the animal sounds of the individual animals can be stored as audios or the animals can be used as narrators for the individual regions.

Advantages
  • Suitable for younger children
  • Descriptive and not very abstract
Disadvantages
  • Often boring for older children (too childish)
  • Not necessarily scientific

For older children, something like this is usually rather boring; animals should be more of a topic here, but the one or other animal sound can certainly serve to lighten things up.

What distinguishes an interactive children's globe and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

An interactive children's globe is usually electronic and often illuminated. It offers audio content or interactive learning games. This has the advantage that children do not need anyone to explain the globe or the globe to them, as the globe can do this on its own.

Nevertheless, it is advisable to show interest in one's own child and its toys as well as learning utensils.

Advantages
  • Contains interactive content, e.g. audios
  • children can partly learn independently with it
Disadvantages
  • Requires electricity
  • Often requires additional equipment such as an interactive pen

This way you can let your child explain the world or the globe to you if they want to, or if they have questions about the globe or the earth, you can be available to answer them or look for answers together with them.

However, an interactive globe usually needs electricity and thus a power source. Often, interactive globes for children require an additional pen to be able to interact with the globe. This is associated with additional costs for some products.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate children's globes

In the following, we will show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate children's globes. This will make it easier for you to get an overview and decide on a suitable and effective model.

In summary, these are the following criteria:

  • Diameter
  • Material
  • Weight
  • Lighting
  • Interactivity
  • Powered vs. non-electronic

In the following, you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to purchase a model based on the criteria or not.

Diameter

The diameter of the globe is important because it gives information about how much space the globe needs and partly - also depending on the material - how narrow the globe is.

Especially for children, a globe should not be too heavy if the children want to put it somewhere else; on the other hand, it should be stable. Most globes for private households have a diameter of between 20 cm and 50 cm. Larger globes need a lot of space and are often heavy.

Did you know that the largest globe is in the USA?

Eartha is the world's largest globe, completed in 1998. Eartha has a diameter of 12.52 metres.

Material

Globes can be made of glass, plastic or metal. Some are also made of wood. Plastic globes are ideal for children because they are often unbreakable and not too heavy.

Inflatable globes, which can also be used as a beach ball, are usually made of plastic. This makes them light and inflatable.

Material Suitable for children
Plastic Yes
Foam Yes
Metal Yes
Wood Yes
Glass No

Weight

Children's globes or globes weigh between a few 100 grams and several kilograms. Lighter globes with a low weight are suitable for children.

If children are expected to carry the globe or hold it in their hands, it should not weigh more than 2 kg, especially if it is intended for smaller children of kindergarten or primary school age.

Especially if your child wants to carry the globe around, it should not be too heavy. (Image source: pixabay.com / artistlike)

If it is a globe that is only intended to be placed in a fixed position and not carried around, it can weigh more. In this case, the main thing is to make sure that it is stable and cannot easily fall over.

Illumination

Children's globes with lighting make it possible to use the globe even in the dark and sometimes enhance globes visually. On the other hand, you need a power source.

Ultimately, it is a matter of taste whether you want a children's globe with or without lighting. However, lighting can be helpful if, for example, it always highlights currently selected regions.

Interactivity

Interactivity in children's globes usually means that the globes are electronically operated and play information as audio or similar when you touch them with a certain pen, for example.

Interactive globes in this sense enable the child to learn information about the Earth without an adult, but in general children should not be left to play and work with interactive toys or learning tools alone.

If one understands interactivity more as something creative, then globes that one designs and makes oneself are usually more interactive, at least during their creation, than ready-bought globes.

Particularly with young children, care should be taken to ensure that they learn how to use interactive products well and to accompany them.

Electrically powered vs. non-electronically powered

If you want a technically interactive globe, you will need a powered or electronic globe. These often have a number of functions and digital games implemented to help with learning. They can often light up as well.

Non-electronic globes are less interactive in the sense that they have less functionality and different information displayed. On the other hand, they work even when there is no electricity. However, they are not illuminated.

Facts worth knowing about the topic of children's globes

How do I set up a children's globe?

Many children's globes do not need to be specially set up. You often only have to insert batteries or connect them to the power supply via a cable. However, it can be helpful to read the instruction manual that comes with a children's globe to learn about its functions and how to operate it.

You will have the most work to do if you have to assemble a frame for the globe or make it yourself. Purchased globes usually come with instructions. If you build it yourself, the frame is left to your imagination, creativity and technical skills.

How can I change the lighting?

Depending on the globe, the lighting can be changed. There are globes where you can remove one half and replace the bulb.

However, it is advisable to read the respective instructions on how to change the lighting or to ask the manufacturer.

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