Seasons and Weather ! Science educational games

Common Sense Media says

A gentle introduction to the science world for young kids.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is designed for a young audience, so it doesn't come with advanced controls, but some of the seasonal identification choices might be a bit hard for toddlers to notice.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

To unlock the learning games, you'll need to pay $3 via in-app purchase.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Seasons and Weather ! is an educational app that aims to teach young children and toddlers the difference between seasons and other weather information. Built by the developer of the PBS Kids Play! app, the tool speaks to children in a calming, encouraging manner and is designed to minimize frustration. The game comes with three levels for varying age groups. Younger kids who play the more advanced levels might have some problems identifying elements in pictures that aren't appropriate for the season (for example, hints of snow on boots on a fall day), but again, the app does not penalize for wrong answers.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • weather

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • decision-making

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • weather

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • decision-making

Kids can learn the basic concepts of weather through three engaging games about weather conditions, how to dress appropriately for the weather, and days and activities as they relate to weather. Kids can also learn a little about calendars. This app offers a gentle, age-appropriate introduction to weather and the world of science.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Kids identify different types of weather through photographs, processing information such as cloud cover and what people are wearing. The app also teaches days and activities via a calendar activity, where players are asked to put photographs on the appropriate days of the week.

Is it any good?

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Weather skills might seem self-evident to some parents, but for toddlers, they're an introduction to the world of science. Seasons and Weather ! gently eases kids into the differences between seasons and how to dress for each one -- and even manages to sneak in some calendar education. The app is split into three levels for different age groups (though most young kids are likely to hop between them), giving it a wider range of appeal. It's an app that requires no reading skills, letting users learn at their own pace, regardless of age. Ultimately, that means most kids will have fun with it, prompting them to play longer (and, ideally, learn more).

Families can talk about...

  • Ask kids to compare and contrast weather conditions in the app to real-world weather.

  • Discuss previous snowy/hot/rainy days and what clothes everyone wore.

  • Check the weather report and plan clothing and activities based on the forecast. Ask kids why certain types of clothes are fitting for certain types of weather.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:May 4, 2011
Category:Education
Publisher:Tribal Nova
Version:1.0.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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