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Product Type: Toys
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Games
Subcategories: Globes and Geography

 


2001 Awards
Great States
(International Playthings $20 Score:) The USA map game includes a board and cards that help young readers learn their state capitols, birds, flowers, and landmarks. What we really liked is that you use the map to find the answers you're not expected to already know it all. Older players will enjoy playing with the timer, but it's not essential. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2003 Awards
Borderline (USA) or (European Edition)or (Africa Edition)
(Borderline Games $9.95 Score:) Whether you play the USA or European edition, here's a playful, painless way to make maps fun! This self correcting card game for 2-4 players is not just for folks who already know their way around maps. The object is to get rid of all your cards, but you can only put cards down on a card that "borders" the state, body of water or country in your hand. If you don't know, flip your card for a map that shows the borderlines. A no-tears-or-fears, entertaining geography game! Too late for the 2003 Edition, the new Africa Editon of the game works like the others and will doubtless fill a void for kids who are learning their way around a map of that part of the world. New this year is a combination pack with all three decks. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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LeapFrog Explorer Globe
(LeapFrog $99 Score:) This new talking globe comes with a sensor pen and lots of information (although the pace is frenetic). The good news is that it costs a lot less than the original Odyssey Talking Globe- it's also much smaller. At first, our testers liked their novelty appeal. But before long the quizzes can become a negative factor. Unfortunately, the more questions they add, the less well they work. Why ask questions that can't be answered by looking at the globe? Testers liked pushing the buttons but quickly felt frustrated. 8 & up. (800) 701-5327.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: .

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GeoSafari Challenge Globe
(Educational Insights $59 Score:) We had trouble knowing how to "buzz in" on the quiz-styled globe with 7,500 questions for up to four players. Like all the new talking globes, you can't answer many of the questions by simply using the globe-better have an atlas! 8 & up. The GeoSafari World ($59) has 5,000 questions, but again you'd need an atlas, since many questions cannot be answered by looking at the globe.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: .

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2004 Award
Borderline
(Borderline Games $9.95 Score:) With the new African Edition, the European/Middle East edition, or the original US edition, here's a playful, painless way to make maps fun! The object is to get rid of all your cards, but you can only put cards down on a card that "borders" the state, body of water, or country in your hand. If you don't know, flip your card for a map that shows the borderlines. A no-tears-or-fears, entertaining geography game! 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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Map Tangle
(Borderline Games $24.95 Score:) Think Twister, but here the play mat is 6' x 5'5" with a marvelous map of the world! We really love the design of the giant playing mat and the idea of cooperative play by teammates who help each other find the two locations they must stand on while avoiding a “Map Tangle” and falling down! This came too late to test with families and we are not sure if the game play is going to be satisfying. We suspect kids will be making up their own rules. Still top rated, Borderline ($9.95 ). Whether you play with the USA or new World Edition, here’s a painless way to make maps fun! The object is to get rid of all your cards, but you can only put cards down on a card that “borders” the state, body of water, or country in your hand. If you don’t know, flip your card for a map that shows the borderlines. A no-tears-or-fears geography game! 8 & up. (973) 761-6260.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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