Around the world with SmartGlobe

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Oct 152020

When we booked our European adventure last year, we could not ever have imagined how the world would be turned upside down just a few months later. No amazing new memories with our Dutch family, no exploring new countries and cities, no tasting new foods or trying new languages… it was a such a disappointment when our tickets were cancelled indefinitely. However through a stroke of luck the kids have still been able to go on a (virtual) trip around the globe, thanks to this amazing invention from Oregon Scientific:

At first sight you may think this is just another ordinary world globe, but I can assure you there is nothing ordinary about the SmartGlobe Explorer AR (RRP $399, Ages 5+). Using clever interactive technology the award-winning design allows children to learn all about the world they live in, the earth they live on and the solar system they are surrounded by. Come and explore with us!

The large SmartGlobe is absolutely packed with features and even after months of investigating there is still so much more left to discover. With a simple touch of the special SmartPen children can explore over 220 countries, learn 20,000+ interesting facts, play 42 educational games and so much more. From countries to capitals, from continents to currencies, from languages to landmarks, from anthems to animals, from the weather to world time, the SmartGlobe is an endless well of information for young and old.

But there is more to the SmartGlobe Explorer AR than meets the eye. As the world’s first and only ‘open’ globe in the market the SmartGlobe opens up to reveal a unique view of the earth’s interior, as well as the solar system. Grab your SmartPen and learn all about the planets, find their place in the milky way and delve deeper into the layers of the earth. The SmartPen is wireless, rechargeable and is stored safely at the back of the unit when not in use.

By downloading the SmartGlobe App onto your smart phone you can actually bring your SmartGlobe to life, simply move your phone around the globe and be treated to a fabulous augmented reality experience. Watch exotic animals walk into your screen, visit famous landmarks and even check out delicacies from around the world. You can also use the app on its own, which is great fun on-the-go when you’re not near your SmartGlobe, and test your world knowledge with a cool quiz or two.

As a mum of six children I particularly love that this design caters for different ages and interests, making it a valuable investment for growing families. By selecting the right age group (Ages 5-8, Ages 9-14 and Ages 15+) you can automatically customise the SmartGlobe content to match your child’s development stage. This keeps things interesting, age appropriate and fun, no matter how old your child is. Siblings and friends can also enjoy learning together because the SmartGlobe allows for up to 4 multi-players, now that’s what I call family friendly!

Of course the world’s facts and figures are forever changing, so to ensure your SmartGlobe teaches your children the latest and most accurate information Oregon Scientific offers unlimited updates to your SmartGlobe for the first 12 months (from date of registration). After this you can access updates for a small fee of $14.99 per year.

Hip Tip: Sign up for the Oregon Scientific newsletter to receive a 10% discount code for you to use on your first purchase, bonus!

To find out more about Oregon Scientific, to take a closer look at the SmartGlobe Explorer AR and to order online visit

Aug 102013

Since the release of the LeapFrog LeapReader in June I have received many questions about this great product: How does it work, what is the difference between LeapFrog Tag and the LeapReader and of course where to find it at a good price. For the answers to the what and how take a look at my LeapFrog LeapReader review here and when it comes to where to get the best price I think this fantastic offer is very hard to beat:

To celebrate Book Week save a massive $40 on these awesome LeapReader Value Bundles at Toys’r’Us. Simply enter the code ‘SAVE40’ at checkout, offer ends August 25, 2013.

LeapReader Value Bundle (Green)

LeapReader Value Bundle (Green)

LeapReader Reading & Writing SystemThe LeapReader Green Bundle Pack consists of the LeapReader Reading & Writing System with green pen, Pixar Pals Puzzle Time and the Solar System Activity Set, that’s a whole lot of learning fun! Build your mathemic, logic and reasoning and memory skills with your favourite Pixar friends Nemo, Lightning McQueen and Wall-E or explore the incredibly interesting Milky Way on the big Solar System fold-out board.

Dora The Explorer Goes To SchoolThe LeapReader Pink Bundle Pack contains the LeapReader Reading & Writing System with the pink pen, the Solar System Activity Set and the Dora the Explorer Goes to school LeapReader book. Join Dora and Boots and learn about the alphabet, numbers and more. Both LeapReader Value Bundles cost $139.99 but with the discount code you can scoop them up for just $99.99. Grab one now and get organised for Christmas!

LeapReader Value Bundle (Pink)

LeapReader Value Bundle (Pink)

If your child is a big LeapFrog fan like our little ones make sure you snap a photo of them with their favourite LeapFrog toy and upload it to the LeapFrog Australia Facebook page, you could win 1 of 10 LeapReader Reading & Writing Systems! Competition ends August 25, 2013.

To find out more about LeapFrog, to take a closer look at the range and to locate stockist near you visit

Discover space with LeapFrog Tag

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Jul 282012

If you have been following Hip little one for a while you might remember that I told you about the LeapFrog Tag and LeapFrog Tag Junior. The LeapFrog Tag system was developed to encourage an early love for reading in young children by bringing books to life with the Tag Stylus and Tag Book Pal. Kids all over the world have discovered Tag and new titles are being added to the Tag Library all the time (with the big toy sales on at the moment now is the time to grab some new Tag books and hide them in your gift cupboard). A very exciting addition to the Tag Library is the Tag Solar System Adventure Pack.

The LeapFrog Tag Solar System Adventure Pack does much more than bring words to life, it opens up the doors to the milky way. Designed for children aged 4-8 years old this funtastic Tag creation introduces children to the incredibly interesting mystery that is space, a concept that is hard to graps for little minds. With the Tag Stylus (sold separately) in hand children can go on a fun adventure exploring the huge 2-in-1 interactive Tag Solar System foldout map.

The map offers more than 40 activities and games through which children can learn solar system terms, planetary facts, relative size, distance of planets and planet fun facts. LeapFrog takes the boring out of studying facts and figures with fun games like the planet-hopping board game, you’ll wish all homework was available in the Tag Library. Three sheets of Tag-interactive stickers are included so kids can mark their journey through space.

The good thing about the LeapFrog Tag Solar System Adventure Pack is that it can be enjoyed by a child on its own but also by siblings or parents and children together. You’ll find that there is a lot to learn about space that you had forgotten about, thanks to LeapFrog you can learn it all over again with your child. As always parents can connect the Tag Reader to the online LeapFrog Learning Path to check on their child’s progress and achievements.

LeapFrog toys are available at leading retailers all over Australia, click here to find out where to buy your favourite LeapFrog products.

To find out more about the LeapFrog Tag Solar System Adventure Pack ($29.99) visit