Parents' Guide to

Weather by Tinybop

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Free weather exploration inspires; parent guide helps.

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Kids freely -- and safely -- explore and experiment in a fun virtual world full of rain, storms, snow, and extreme weather. This open-ended approach is great for letting kids take the lead, but the lack of guidance -- which is intentional -- also runs the risk of leaving kids lost and confused. The handbook can help, and for this, parents need to get intimately involved in working together with kids to discover and explain the complicated phenomena represented in the app. Since a good number of the graphics are confusing as to what they represent -- especially the close-up looks -- turning on the labels feature can be a big help. Those who are familiar with other Tinybop apps will recognize the navigation features since they're consistent across titles; those who aren't might feel a bit lost. However, most kids will enjoy tapping around and exploring, even if they aren't reading the labels or learning the terms for weather features.

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