Tinybop is known for creating interactive apps that capture the imagination of kids while exposing them to science without the rigid lecturing.
Kids drop into an interactive world of the weather that they get to control. Elements that can be changed include temperature, precipitation, wind, placement of the sun and cloud coverage. Even extreme weather events like hurricanes and tornados can be summoned at a moment’s notice.
Who knew it would be so fun to place a hurricane in the middle of the Great Plains and watch nature take its course! Many fun and silly moments can be had while playing the Weather app by Tinybop.
Room For Improvement
I appreciate that fact that the experience is completely open-ended, but it would be nice to have SOME direction. Younger kids may have trouble catching some of the nuances of the game, especially when subtle changes in the weather create subtle changes in the environment.
Parents will surely be recruited to fill the information gaps — which is NOT necessarily a bad thing!
In fact, this would be a good app for parents to play WITH their kids, as are other apps by Tinybop, such as Human Body and Plants. A bit of guided learning would be the best way to complement the open nature of the app while safeguarding against any confusion or misunderstanding that may come up for younger kids.
Older kids (8 and up) will enjoy the design of the iOS app, which is definitely a strength, thanks to the great artwork by Jasu Hu. Controls are intuitive, and almost every element in the game can be manipluated with a drag, drop or swipe on the screen.
Download the Tinybop Weather handbook to get further information about weather.