give them the world {EarthBalls} + giveaway

With Earth Day quickly approaching (April 22nd) it’s about time for some Earth Day must haves.  Let’s kick off with EarthBalls from Orbis.  Widely displayed in museums, libraries, schools, and at events, EarthBalls are inflated globes that display the Earth, as seen from space.  The accurate depiction is taken from actual photographs snapped by NASA satellites.   The globes are brightly colored, which really makes the continents pop against the blue seas.  These make for beautiful displays but are also fantastic real world references for adults and kids alike.  For anyone with a child like mine, who is so intrigued by our solar system, an EarthBall is a must have.  They are fantastic for continent and ocean recognition, making this a great educational product.  While our political globes and maps are still a must have resource for learning specifics like countries, states, and cities, EarthBalls give our children a perspective from space, which can be a very powerful tool.

It is a difficult concept to grasp, how big our world really is.  Small children tend to think that everyone is a stone’s throw away.  I realized this with my daughter, listening to her talk on the phone to one grandparent about the other, and then about friends that grandma doesn’t even know.  Children grow up in a sort of bubble and everyone they meet simply lives in and expands that bubble.  When it comes time for conversations about world charities, demographic differences, and world events, I see my daughter’s eyes glaze over.  If it’s not happening in California, she’s lost.  I’ve been working on expanding her knowledge of other continents far across vast seas, and the EarthBall has made this feat much easier.  Looking at a to-scale model of the Earth without words she can’t read all over it, she gets it.  It’s easier for her to tune out from the specifics, and look at the Earth as a whole, as the big picture.  And that is really my ultimate goal.  I want her to see just how small of a part we are, but also how large of a change we can make (really, really far away).

Clearly, I love these balls.  You can purchase EarthBalls in two sizes, 16-inches and 1-meter in diameter.  If you need larger globes, ask Orbis about their custom giant globes, which they make anywhere from 3-feet to 30-feet in diameter. Every EarthBall comes with the 20 page Global Handbook, chock full of games, activities & informational resources for Earth adventurers of all ages.  Make your purchases at Orbis.

Use EARTHmom2011 at checkout and receive 25% off the first $200 of any order.  This code is good through Saturday, April 23rd.

She’s got the weight of the world on her shoulders.


One lucky winner will win an EarthBall ONE METER in diameter!! Three other lucky winners will receive an EarthBall of their very own in 16 inch diameter!  To enter, simply tell us what you are doing to celebrate Earth Day!

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Winners: Jolie, Rosey, Crystal, and Jessica E

Special thanks to Orbis for providing samples for review purposes.

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