As a parent, I find it a bit challenging to be able to provide the best form of science education for my 3-year old son, Philip. I noticed that his school curriculum has included some of the basic science concepts, such as rain, pets and plants; but I still feel like I can add more to it. As you would expect, the first thing that I turned to for help is the App Store. Unfortunately, while the App Store is home to many great science apps, I found that most of them are not really toddler-friendly. Finally, after combing through a dozen or so apps, I finally found one that I believe is perfect for Philip.
GazziliScience is a fun app for introducing science concepts to younger juniors
GazziliScience is a science app designed to introduce six basic science concepts to younger juniors. Each concept is explained through a story and enforced through several mini activities, making it easy for curious little minds to digest the information provided by the app.
When you start the app, you will be greeted with the first unlocked activity, i.e. helping Mimi to plant her garden. The app locks the other activities and will release them in sequential order each time one has been played completely. You can replay all the unlocked activities anytime you like, and some activities even feature different animations when they are replayed.
Once you finished an activity, you will also unlock a new item that can be added into the Gazzili Fun Page. This page is essentially a contraption engine that would function only after you have gathered all the required parts. Because contraptions have a unique way to impress young juniors every time they see one, this is a very nice and rewarding experience for them.
The basic concepts introduced include plants, the water cycle, the four seasons, (non) living things, sinking vs floating and the five senses
In the first activity, entitled Plants, you will be helping Mimi plant her garden. There are three different seeds that you can choose from, i.e. apple seed, sunflower seed and rose seed. All options will have the same workflow - first, you dig a hole in the ground, then you plant the seed and water it. The animation sequence involved in each plant is a bit different, though. You will find that sunflowers are flexible as they try to follow the sun, and that an apple tree might take a few years before it can produce fruits. If you plant the rose seed several times, you might be lucky enough to see both red and white roses.
The second activity lets you meet Lilly, who is painting near the pond. The sun is high and very hot, causing the water in the pond to evaporate and form clouds in the sky. When the clouds get too heavy, you may want to help Lilly with her umbrella before it starts to rain. After you help clear the rain and the clouds, the sun begins to shine again. This completes the water cycle, as the title of the activity suggests.
The next activity allows you to experience all of the four seasons that exist in a year. As you help Benito select the perfect outfit to suit the changing weather, you will also learn about how the earth orbits the sun and how changing its position affects the seasons. If you pay close attention, you might also notice the change in the big tree next to Benito.
The fourth activity takes you to a pet store. There, you will meet Kenji, who is trying to pick a pet to bring home with him. As you are window-shopping, the app introduces you to the concept of living and non-living things, and how living things require water, air and food in order to stay alive. Once you have selected one of the three available pets - chameleon, hamster or fish - you would need to select up to six different living and non-living things to place in its habitat.
The next activity is designed to look like an underwater mini game, where you need to help Purple escape the sinking ship by navigating through the ship corridors. Because most of the corridors are already filled with water, the only way to navigate is by swimming. Fortunately, you can assist Purple by giving him either things that can sink or float.
In the last activity, you will see how Tyler is expected to identify his five senses before eating a slice of grandma's home-baked apple pie. Throughout the story, you would need to help Tyler identify his ears, nose, eyes, fingers and eyes.
Scientific concepts are explained through stories and mini activities, starring a cute character in need of assistance
What parents need to know
GazziliScience introduces workflows that you would normally encounter in the real world. Each activity is designed as step-by-step instructions that can be performed and understood by your juniors rather easily. This certainly helps us as parents, because explaining something that takes multiple steps to your juniors are not easy.
GazziliScience also offers a play mode for the hearing impaired where the app will show subtitles in areas that do not obstruct the current activity. This feature also allows you to play the app without turning up the volume.
Finally, I believe GazziliScience is a great app that can help you explain basic science concepts, such as planting, rain, the four seasons, living things vs non-living things, sinking vs floating, and the five senses that we have. You can also discuss how your juniors would find the appropriate clothing for each season, own a pet, and taste a meal with all their five senses.
After finishing all the activities, you can collect parts to create a Gazzili contraption
GazziliScience is a great science app that is designed for younger juniors. With six basic science concepts and many different activities wrapped in step-by-step workflow to match real world activities, I believe GazziliScience is a rare breed. If you have been looking for a good way to introduce your juniors to basic science concepts in a fun way, I highly recommend GazziliScience.