Give The Gift Of Virtual Reality With Encyclopaedia Britannica This Year

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Encyclopaedia Britannica.  All opinions are 100% my own.

This year, we are trying out something new from Encyclopaedia Britannica.  I’m going to be completely honest and let you know that, in this world of instant gratification and constantly competing for the best and most expensive gaming systems, I was a little nervous.  Much to my satisfaction, the Encyclopaedia Britannica Virtual Reality Exploration set did NOT disappoint!

Hannah, my 11 year old 6th grader absolutely loves the Encyclopaedia Britannica Virtual Reality Exploration set.  I was really hoping she would fall in love with it, but wasn’t sure since she and her brother are so into the latest fad.  She actually sat down and read portions of the Oceans, Landmarks, and Animals books.  They are set up in a format where students can read short excerpts.  This is so much easier and more fun for young people with short attention spans.

Then we got out the VR viewer with the app on my phone and the real fun began.  Hannah walked all around our living room, which I would not recommend, then finally I made her sit to look at the Animals.  I even gave it a try and it was so much fun!  The great part was that she was learning and didn’t even know it!

The Encyclopaedia Britannica Virtual Reality 6-book set is perfect for ages 7+. This 6-book boxed set includes vetted information from Encyclopaedia Britannica plus a virtual reality experience. Each hardcover book is rich with full-color illustrations and photographs, lively graphics, inviting text, and videos. It is the perfect holiday gift that grandparents, parents, and children can enjoy together for hours! Included is a 6-month free subscription to  Encyclopaedia Britannica Online®.

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The set comes packaged with a virtual reality viewer and instructions for downloading six different apps for no additional cost. Once the app has been downloaded and smartphone (iPhone or Android) is placed in the virtual reality viewer, the reader can access a 3-D environment associated with each book’s content, including interactive animations, videos, games, and more. Adults and children alike can enjoy all these books have to offer. Titles include:


Explore the wonders of space from the planets, to the stars, to the history and challenges of space exploration. In the app environment, explore the surface of the moon; see a slideshow about lunar exploration and a video about the moon landing! In the app you can also play a game that tests your knowledge about meteorites, see an astronaut navigate the moon, view constellations, and more.


Test your knowledge about reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and how animals interact with each other and their environments. Learn about camouflage, adaptation, and extinction. In the app, visit an environment typical of the Serengeti savanna and find out more about spectacular animals!


Learn about the development of dinosaurs and how they interacted with each other and other animals that lived during their era. Go on a dinosaur dig in the accompanying app: see fossils of Allosaurus, Triceratops, Parasaurolophus, and Pteranodon, as well as 3-D models of how these animals would have looked and moved. Be one of the firsts to see the Pteranodon fly!

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Explore historical voyages and methods of transport. The book includes explorers, such as Zheng He and Magellan, journeys of migration and  settlements, such as the Oregon Trail, journeys of conquest, information on famous train routes and boat journeys, and more. In the app, travel around the globe to get additional information about selected historic journeys.


From the Great Wall of China to the Grand Canyon, travel around the world exploring natural wonders and human-made monuments. In the app, tour 10 exciting landmarks from around the world, both ancient and modern: the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramid at Giza, Pyramid IV at Tikal (Guatemala), Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world), Willis Tower, the Hagia Sophia, the Sydney Opera House, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Cathedral in Brasilia, and the U.S. Capitol building.


Dive into underwater environments around the world: explore ocean geography, meet many fascinating marine animals and study other bodies of water. In the app, explore an ocean environment and learn more about dolphins, sharks, whales, and other undersea creatures.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Virtual Reality is exclusive to Costco. Encyclopaedia Britannica, the most trusted authoritative source of information in the world, will be celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2018. With nearly 250 years of creating dependable content, learning in a safe environment has never been so exciting. Britannica’s growing content and media-based library and expanding presence at retail is designed to inspire, inform, and
educate even the youngest readers! This audio and video-enabled Virtual Reality library complements other Encyclopaedia Britannica and Britannica Kids–branded educational products sold at retail and online, including the new Britannica 10-Minute Guides, the Britannica Kids Me Reader, the Britannica Interactive Science Library, Britannica World Information Atlas, Britannica Kids Quiz It Pen, and the Britannica Kids Listen & Learn.

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