The weather can be fascinating as it takes so many different forms, and there are so many different causes. Tinybop has made a series of interactive educational apps for kids covering a variety of topics, and their latest effort focuses on the weather. Weather by Tinybop maintains the style of previous Tinybop apps as you’re given a series of panels to explore, and interact with. The Weather edition in particular has a big picture overview scene combined with smaller scenes to dive into for a close up inspection of the weather.
Weather by Tinybop lets kids interact with the sun, rain, snow, wind, temperature, and more. The app consistently shows the macro view of conditions, and then provides a microview of the impact of various weather scenarios. For example, you can drag in clouds to rain over the area, and create rivers. Then, you can zoom in to rain directly on a house, and see the water pile up. You can also switch from freezing to extreme heat, and then transition to a tornado or hurricane. Each instance of weather can be controlled by a fingertip, and it’s great to see each scene come to life under your control.
Previous Tinybop apps have tried to balance friendly interaction with educational elements, and The Weather nicely pushes towards more educational content. There are labels on everything like previous Tinybop apps, but Weather takes it further by labeling the diagrams of the weather events in action. The app can show the make-up of a cloud, or the wind patterns that cause a tornado, and there’s simply nice details to pick up on. The app isn’t as detailed as Earth Primer, and is definitely directed towards younger audiences. The best part is that simply interacting with the weather models allows for some osmosis of learning.
Weather by Tinybop ($2.99, Universal) is a great interactive kid’s app that may be Tinybop’s best to date making it well worth picking up.L