A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that This is my Weather - Meteorology for Kids covers everything from the four seasons to the hemispheres. First, kids get to dress their characters according to the weather where they live (the cartoon kids start off in their underwear), and then they can explore different facets of each season or general information about climate zones or the Earth's orbit. The app is interactive and written in kid-friendly language: Kids can listen to a child's voice explain concepts, read about each one, or both. Location data is used to determine the local weather, but that feature can be disabled in settings.
What's it about?
In THIS IS MY WEATHER - METEOROLOGY FOR KIDS, users choose a friend from a selection of diverse cartoon boys and girls and then dress him or her for the current weather. While exploring each of the four seasons, they learn about wind, rain, thunder, lightning, snow, and more through interactive scenes. Kids make it rain on a sunny day to create a rainbow or roll snow into balls to build a snowman. Each scene includes more detailed written information, and kids earn stars as they learn. Each star then gives kids an idea for a science activity to do outside the app.
Is it any good?
Curious kids will love exploring all things weather. The graphics and wording are kid-friendly and mostly easy to understand yet still very informative. The app plays like an interactive museum exhibit wherein kids get to increase or decrease the force of the wind or actually rotate the earth to simulate a day. As kids complete activities, they earn a star, and the beauty of those stars is that kids aren't rewarded with points or stickers but with ideas for activities they can do outside, such as freezing soap bubbles or making their own rainbows. Though the amount of features is fairly extensive, a few more interactive elements on each page might keep kids hooked even longer, and the interactive elements that do exist aren't always totally clear. Also, in the description of the climate zones, the child's voice says "Temperature zones" instead of "Temperate zones," which might confuse some kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the day's weather and have kids dress their characters in the app before choosing their own clothes for the day.
When kids ask questions about the weather -- "What are the clouds made of? What colors are the rainbow?" -- you can use the app together to discover the answers.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Science: weather
Social Studies: geography
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: making conclusions
Self-Direction: academic development
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: January 22, 2015
- Category: Education
- Topics: Science and Nature
- Size: 224.00 MB
- Publisher: urbn; pockets
- Version: 1.0.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
Themes & Topics
For kids who love weather and science
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