My daughter was really interested in learning geography when she was 5, so I thought this would be a great toy for her to learn about the continents and countries. There were two models of the globe, this one is the Junior Globe and there was also another geared toward older kids. It was tough to choose between the two because the other seemed way too old for my daughter, yet this Junior Globe almost seemed too babyish. I ended up choosing this one, mainly because the other was a lot more expensive, and it has gotten a lot of use. It is defnitely more about learning the basics as it only displays the continents and oceans, not countries. It really seems as though it is geared toward learning facts about the continents rather than their geographical location. There are some fun games you can play, and it has four different modes of play that you can choose on a dial (Explore, Search, Music, and Adventure). My oldest daughter was interested in the facts, and my middle daughter enjoyed listening to the different music from around the world. My youngest just liked when she touched the iceberg with the pen and it shouted "Iceberg!!" She can do that over and over and never get bored! So I defnitely think this toy was worth the price I paid for it. It is mildly educational (not going to turn your preschooler into a geography bee champion, but they might learn a couple of facts about continents while playing) and the many features give each child something they will enjoy. My biggest complaint is not with the product itself, just that I wish there were sort of an "intermediate" model that had the fun features of this globe, but also showed the countries and was more geography oriented while not being at the academic level of the higher model.