What are clouds? Why do some things float while others sink? If questions like these leave you speechless, GazziliScience is an app that you should check out. It explains scientific concepts like why we have seasons and how seeds grow in a creative and kid-friendly way. That is why Fun Educational Apps awards it a Top Pick.
GazziliScience (available for the iPhone, the iPod touch, and the iPad) is the fourth app in the series. A group of friends is featured in all the GazzlliWorld apps- Kenji, Mimi, Benito, Tyler, and Lily; the pets- Cleo and Theo; and Purple (we’re not exactly sure what category he fits into). There are six learning games presented in GazziliScience: Plants, the Water Cycle, Seasons, Living & Non-Living Things, Sink or Float, and the Five Senses. Each one is introduced in the context of a normal childhood experience. Mimi is planting a garden. Kenji is at the pet store. Benito is curious about the seasons. Lily is at the park when it starts to rain. Children can readily identify with these situations. Through simple narration and interactive elements, children see, hear, and learn about each scientific principle. After completing all six games, there is a reward on the Gazzili Fun Page (I won’t spoil the surprise.)
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There are times when, as parents, we struggle to answer those “why” questions about the world. The explanations and activities in GazziliScience are clear and easily understandable to children ages four to six years old. This app’s interactivity is intuitive and clever, and the characters are curious, realistic, and smart. When one of the characters has something to say, glittering stars of inspiration appear around their heads. I also appreciate the developer’s use of animated sequences for the Water Cycle and the Seasons, making both concepts more clear. As an accommodation for hearing impaired children, the narration is available as closed captioning by selecting this option on the Menu page. (Here’s a suggestion for you: use the closed caption setting for your child, even though he doesn’t need it; this reinforces early reading skills while he listens to the narrator.)
GazziliScience is a great choice for children who are just starting to be aware of their environment. It helps to explain difficult concepts in an age appropriate, fun way. For these reasons, Fun Educational Apps awards GazziliScience a Top Pick.
GazziliScience is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
Julie Peterson - I am a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. I once tried to explain the seasons to a group of preschoolers with a basketball for the sun and a tennis ball for the Earth. Boy, do I wish I had had GazziliScience back then!
About GazilliWorld -
GazziliWorld is an application development company that produces a variety of educational apps for young people. Founded by entrepreneur Adam Gittlin after hearing inquisitive questions from his young son, GazziliWorld presents learning in a format that is readily accepted by even the youngest learners. The company's lineup of applications includes GazziliWords, GazziliShapes, GazziliPuzzles, and GazziliScience.
The company's applications feature animated interactive learning and encourage young people to grasp concepts quickly while having fun. All of GazziliWorld's lessons are built using guidance from noted early childhood educational experts to ensure the content and presentation of information fit the needs of the audience. For more information, visit www.Gazziliworld.com.
Other apps by GazilliWorld we reviewed
GazziliWords - Free to try with additional modules via in-app-purchase
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