As a Melburnian, I get to enjoy four distinct seasons each year (and yes, sometimes all in one day). Blisteringly hot, dry summers, autumn heralded by the changing leaves in our street lined with Liquid Amber trees, frosty winter mornings and the burst of blossom in spring. Although not all Australians experience the same seasonal distinctions, kids are quick to associate certain activities and changes in nature to the seasons.
Tizzy Seasons is a beautiful new app that introduces the particular joys of each season through twenty original games. The games range from the perfectly simple, such as blowing bubbles in summer and feeding the ducks in spring to slightly more complex, including building a snowman in winter and picking and sorting apples in autumn.
Many of the games have multiple smaller activities within. For example, planting a garden in spring includes preparing the soil, planting the seeds in the correct rows and watering – it’s colour matching and counting by stealth!
The clear graphics with obvious touch-points for little users will appeal but the real attraction of this app is that the activities reflect the simple things that toddlers and little kids like doing… over and over again. Feeding the ducks (how many hours have I stood looking at ducks on a pond?!), blowing bubbles, looking for shapes in clouds and raking the leaves are just a few examples.
While the seasons aren’t wholly reflective of the Australian climate (most Aussie kids won’t experience the thrill of building a snowman in their own backyard), it doesn’t stop their enjoyment of simple things such as a bit of ‘e-sledding’!