Recommended age: 3 years + (not suitable for children under 3)
This basic compass from Moulin Roty’s ‘Le Jardin’ range is the perfect way to teach your children about geographical direction and the 4 cardinal points – North, South, East and West.
The compass consists of a magnetised dial/rose mounted on a pivot point inside a fluid filled capsule made from a sturdy plastic base and perspex top.
For more advanced use, angle markings in degrees are also shown on the compass rose, allowing the compass to be used to provide bearings for navigation.
The best way to hold the compass is flat on your palm, with your palm in front of your chest. If using with a map, place the compass and map on a flat surface.
This compass is a great toy for boys and girls and also comes in Moulin Roty’s The Explorer Case, along with other props and toys to encourage your children to get out and explore the outdoor world!
Size: 6 cm diameter x 1.5 cm thick
Designed by Moulin Roty, France
A fun exercise to play with the compass is to use a compass and a start marker, such as a flag or a ball, in a spacious field or room. In order to learn how to use the compass your child should have basic knowledge of the cardinal points (N, S, E, & W ).
Select a starting point and drop the start marker. Using the compass follow
Walk 5 paces to the north, stop
Walk 10 paces to the west, stop
Walk 20 paces to the south, stop
Walk 15 paces to the east, stop
Walk 15 paces to the north, stop
Walk 5 paces to the west, stop. At this point, look down on the ground. You should be at
the starting point!