We absolutely LOVE Safari Ltd’s products around here! I recently asked them if I could review their Around the World toob, and they graciously obliged!
It comes in the traditional toob packaging, and contains 10 landmarks, representing four continents – Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. Included landmarks are the Empire State Building, Taj Mahal, Big Ben, Parthenon, Pyramids of Giza, Leaning Tower of Piza, Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Arc de Triumphe, and Temple of the Inscriptions.
One of the minute details that I love about this toob is that Safari Ltd includes a small information sheet inside the toob which gives you facts about each landmark. All of the essential facts are included – location, height, year built, and historical significance – for a quick “study” of each figure, without having to consult wiki.
By far, this is one of my FAVORITE toobs (and we own a LOT of them!)… It works SO well with geography or continent studies, as it allows the child to actually “see” and manipulate a landmark. Plus, I love that Safari Ltd is dedicated to providing quality, detailed replicas at affordable prices!
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been using this toob at home, as well as at our co-op. The kids love to handle each piece, and carefully look for the details found on each. For instance, one child asked what the raised markings were on the front of the Arc de Triumphe piece, so we researched what the markings were and discovered that they were sculptures representative of the times of war during the Napoleonic Wars and French Revolution. How impressive that each piece has been carefully crafted to include these fine details!
Another favorite activity is to place the pieces on their corresponding continents. (Sorry my fellow Montessorians… I made this felt map before I was sold on the Montessori colors, so it does not match the traditional materials.) As the child gets older, he/she can also learn what countries these figures come from, and place them more specifically where they belong within the continent.
Since we have enjoyed these figures SO much, I made a set of three part cards and picture/figure matching cards for my readers! (The picture/figure matching cards are similar to my desert toob cards.)
You can get them here.
You can purchase the Around the World toob from Safari Ltd for $10.99, or from various local and online dealers.