We live in a world that is filled with natural events, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, rockslides, and sand erosion. Some of these events can even wreak havoc in our lives.
When and how are you going to explain these events to your kids? While you may be able to explain the impact of these events, explaining their causes isn’t that trivial. Thankfully, Tinybop has released an app, called The Earth, that can help parents and kids to learn more about the forces that cause these events to occur.
Interact with the Geological Forces of the Earth
When you start the app for the first time, you will see an image of the Earth, which can be manipulated by moving the timescale at the top of the screen. Moving it to the left means you’re going back in time, while moving to the right means you’re traveling forward in time until you reach modern time.
You can also take a slice of the Earth by pulling the vertical ruler across the screen. Doing so will reveal the inner parts of the Earth, such as the core and the mantle. You can easily identify these parts by the labels that are put next to them.
The real lessons come when you start exploring the Earth in close-up. Throughout the map, you will find places marked with white circles. When you tap the circle, you will zoom in on the area and be able to the geological forces there.
For example, when you’re visiting the slope of a rocky mountain, you can simulate a rockslide just by tapping repeatedly on screen. You can also see how four volcano types would make different sounds when they erupt.
Other interactions around include moving glaciers to run over the trees on the shore, and controlling the rain on top of an icy mountain to cause a crack in a water-filled join.
Parents Need to Know
The Earth by Tinybop should appeal to kids ages 4+, given that you’re there to accompany them and give necessary explanations as to what’s happening. For example, when the sand dune changes its shape, anything that you build on top of it will easily be destroyed.
The app supports more than 40 different languages. When you change the language from the settings menu within the parental dashboard, all the labels for the close-up screens will be shown in the selected language.
Inside the parental dashboard, you will also find a handbook that clearly explains what happens in each close-up screen. Everything is nicely laid out and sufficiently explained as if in a scientific magazine. This visual handbook is available in eight different languages.
Things I Like
My favorite activity in this app is blowing the hotspot volcano located at the seabed. Through repeated eruption, the volcano will get bigger and bigger, until it reaches sea level and forms a new volcanic island. The entire process of tapping the screen to watch the volcano erupt and grow is really fun.
The other activity that my sons and I enjoy is when water destroys sedimentary rocks. It helps to teach how the ocean waves can slowly, but surely, destroys the sedimentary rock on the beach. The same is true for sand erosions at the beach.
The Earth by Tinybop is an excellent way for kids ages 4+ to learn about the geological forces that shape the Earth. It allows kids to experiment with these forces in a safe and animated way. I believe all parents should get this app, especially because they can also learn a lot from it.
App was provided for our honest review.
Tinybop is a Brooklyn-based studio of designers, engineers, and artists building educational apps for curious kids. Their approach is to build apps where kids play and learn by diving into big ideas, seeing how things work, and making connections about the world they live in.
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