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MarcoPolo Weather

MarcoPolo Weather

Spring 2015 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Platform: iPhone/iPod Touch
Review:

MarcoPolo Weather provides free form play for learning about different weather conditions and how changing weather variables affect humans and the environment. Here, players control and adjust weather conditions from sunny to snow, wind speeds and temperature. Through observation, experimentation, and discovery, players learn how those changing conditions determine how we dress, what activities we do (go on a picnic or build a snowman) and under which conditions crops thrive.

The game is set in a field beside some woods. Icons at the top of the page provide links to the sun, partly sunny, cloudy or rainy (more choices can be purchased, including lightning and a tornado). To the top far right are icons for day and night. At the bottom of the page is a sliding set of images of three characters, clothes, flowers, a tent, a kite and a picnic basket among other objects. By adjusting the temperature, say to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, a narrator proclaims that it is very cold and the character starts shivering. The clothes options in the slider provide hats and gloves that can be dragged up onto the character to keep them from shivering. Players experiment with growing a cabbage and observe that cabbage won't grow in the snow, but when they adjust the temperature 74 degrees Fahrenheit, the cabbage plant is quite happy. This game is all about child directed learning. And that's a very sunny outlook.

Kristin Harris   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Kristin Reiber Harris is an artist, animator and educator who has created over 50 short form animations with a focus on educational media for young children. Her work has been broadcast on HBO Family and screened in numerous film festivals around the country. She is currently developing interactive media introducing young children to great works of art through stories. Kristin writes about her interests in kids, art and technology at iArt4kidz.com.

Look for this product at:
MarcoPolo Learning
http://www.gomarcopolo.com
Available on iTunes

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