Jacob just turned 7 on the 14th of this month, but he’s always been a little ahead when it comes to reading and learning, so when I was given the chance to choose a GeoSafari item from the Educational Insights website, I knew right away the GeoSafari Laptop Ages 8 & Up Edition would be perfect for him. I didn’t know how much fun it would be for me, though! Seriously, I keep trying to sneak and play it when he’s not looking, but he’s always snagging it back from me!
Features of the GeoSafari Laptop Ages 8 & Up Edition
- Includes 63 double-sided lesson cards that can be stored in the top part of the laptop. Subjects cover everything from science to geography to history.
- Can play single player, two players, or head-to-head
- Lights and sounds tell you which question to answer, whether you got it right or wrong, and when you’re running out of time.
- Adjust the amount of time you have to answer each question.
- Runs on 4 AA batteries, which are included
The 63 cards that come with the laptop feature 126 different lessons. We started with a random one about extinct animals, and Jake did pretty well. There were a few animals that he couldn’t identify on the first round, and a few that I was really surprised he did know about. I guess watching Go, Diego, Go all those years really paid off. Some of the cards are really challenging and even I wasn’t sure of the answers. We tried one that was about different explorers throughout history, and I was totally lost.
Since the game does tell you the right answer when you miss after a few tries, in the long run Jake will be learning a lot more about things he won’t be covering in school for years (if ever, I don’t recall ever learning about some of the subjects on the cards). I think that’s awesome, and hopefully it will give him a bit of an edge in school. He’s already way ahead when it comes to anatomy, since I had to give him a crash course when he was three because he screamed every time he got a cut. I figured he knew where his blood was made and how it got there, he’d understand that he wasn’t going to bleed out from a scrape. It didn’t work. Now he knows where his blood comes from, what his heart does, and so on, but he still has a fit when he gets a scrape.
Like I said earlier, the GeoSafari Laptop is so much fun, even I enjoy playing it. I’ve always been a huge trivia buff, and I’m secretly training my kid to become a future Jeopardy champion. It was once my dream for myself, but let’s face it, I’d stare like a deer in headlights the moment the cameras started rolling. I’m much smarter on the screen and paper than I am when I try to speak! Jake, on the other hand, got all the “outgoing, winning personality” genes that skipped me, so I think he could do it.